Monday, December 19, 2011

What have I been working on in December?

Riddle me this:  How do you know you've found a good machine quilter? (Answer at the end.)

I finally finished the table-runner  quilt I gave my parents in cut-out pieces last Christmas!

This top is for my daughter.  She slept with the Disney Princess border fabric for two months.  I finally got it from her and she watched patiently while I sewed it to the quilt top.  This quilt is actually a compillation of many projects I started for her.   I soon realized that she didn't need five twin quilts for her bed so I added extra borders, sashing and half-square triangles to get the various blocks to fit into a sampler quilt.  It is a lot of fun.  The embroidery butterfly squares are hand-embroidered.  When my grandmother passed away, there was a pile of linens, some incompletely embroidered, some stained, and some stained with holes.  My grandfather was going to throw them away or donate them to a thrift store.  I couldn't let that happen, so I asked for them.  The butterfly embroidery blocks were on a damaged table-runner which I fussy-cut to salvage the hand embroidery.  The embroidery was either competed by my grandmother or her mother, my great-grandmother.  I like how it adds a sentimental quality to this quilt.

Answer: They're too busy quilting during the month of December to update any blog posts!