It was a very nice weekend filled with family and good food. We attended a family reunion. It was fun to share the farmhouse with overnight guests.
Here's what's going on in the sewing room this week:
1. My sister in law brought me several bags of remnants that I will will be going through, sorting and incorporating into my stash. I am truly blessed with fabric.
2. I have been yearning to have a hand sewing project to work on now that fall and winter are nearing. So instead of starting something new, I got out the hand quilting project I started a while back, but could never get into. I am handquilting my grandmother's vintage quilt top in my Ulmer Quilter. I had only handquilted a very small area when I last worked on it. I decided to take out those stitches and do something totally different. Baptist Fans! I was inspired by THIS TUTORIAL by Bonnie at Quiltville. But, I am marking my lines as I go instead of free hand. I tried to do it free hand, but I just can't see what I am doing well enough for that. Its amazing that Bonnie hand quilts large quilts in a hoop while on airplanes during her many travels.
I am so looking forward to quilting these Baptist Fans while spending time with my hubby watching football or movies at the same time.
3. I am planning to make some pajamas for my grandson. I think this would be an easy as well as useful project. I haven't made any clothing in ages, but I think I can handle pants with elastic in the waist! I also plan to make the top, but if I didn't a regular t-shirt would be cute with the pants. If they fit well I could make several pairs.
4. I am having lots of fun working on the double nine patch Irish chain in red and white, as well as a single 9 patch Irish chain in blue and beige. I plan to use up all the blue and red scraps I have and then start using some of the larger pieces of fabric in my stash using strip piecing.
5. I was hoping to finish my Summer of 2010 9 patch challenge quilt soon using fabric in my stash. But, I will need to purchase the backing fabric. I have decided to give this quilt to my sister for her birthday on October 30th, so I have 2 months to finish it. The quilt top measures 68 1/2 inches wide and 92 inches long. I may possibly use a white flat sheet for this. I know some people have had success with this, as long as the quilt is being machine quilted. Its hard to hand quilt through the small thread count of purchased sheets.
Well, work is calling! Have a great Monday!