Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Promise of Spring

The pattern comes from February 2011 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting and is the featured quilt for the front cover. It is called "Row by Row" but I call my quilt Promise of Spring because of the warm week we had. It also looks kinda Easter-y. I varied from the original pattern only slightly by adding two more borders to make it bigger so it would be a generous throw size for curling up on the colder winter nights while waiting for spring.

Some of the fabrics are vintage like the blue flowers and daisy stripes. I threw in some solids to break up the print and to have places to rest the eye. The binding is pieced from the scraps left after finishing the top. The back is a vintage sheet. The batting is an 80/20 blend. It is perfect weight and has already been approved by the cat and husband who said it is his favorite quilt thus far!

Monday, February 21, 2011

My brother is back!

And he has a lot to catch up on! I should have a finished quilt to show you soon!

The bad news is that he has a terminal illness. The sewing machine doctor said that he could last a week and he could last a year. The motor is just getting worn out from usage. He suggested a higher end machine because of how much sewing I do. I'm saving my money and eyeing some beautiful Janome machines.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On pause

My sewing is on pause. Mr. machine went to the shop this morning. It was sad leaving him there but there seemed to be plenty of other machines to keep him company. It will take two weeks and $70 to get him all oiled and cleaned so he can run good as new. Sigh. I miss him terribly. Maybe I can get some of that cleaning and organizing done I have been putting off.

I'll leave you with a picture of a hawk that slammed into my deck door and ate his prey on the deck. He didn't remember his manners because I had to get husband to clean up his leftovers.