Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Fever

    Missouri is bursting with spring.   The daffodils are blooming, trees are leafing, and I'm having trouble staying in the sewing room.  Saturday was a beautiful day to be outdoors, so spent a lot of it stitching the binding on my jelly roll race quilt from National Quilting Day.

The top photo is the finished quilt.  I saw this variation on Google images and thought it was a unique way to use a jelly roll race quilt.  I quilted it on my DSM in a Baptist Fan design.  This was the first time I had tried this and really enjoyed it, something about the rhythm of the stitching.  This quilt will probably go in the guilds QOV project.
     I just have to share my latest acquisition for my sewing room.  I recently visited my daughter in the Kansas City area and she asked what I would like to do while there.  I demurred for a bit, then admitted I would love to see the IKEA store, which has opened there in the last year.  She, as well as the granddaughters, thought that was a great idea. ( I usually ask to go to JoAnns).  We made a day of it, with Swedish meatballs in the cafeteria, followed by a leisurely trip through the store.  Amazing!  I could do an entire post about the store, but will desist.  Suffice to say, I sent some American dollars to Sweden.  Here was my main purchase, these basket racks that fit under my ironing table.
They now hold my WIP's (works in progress) and give me more storage in some wasted space under that table.  A win-win for the sewing room.  I also bought two LED lights, one battery operated and one electric.  Both are clip-on style and are already in use.  
     Here is my dilemma for the week.  I have started quilting on my DGS's graduation quilt.  I am currently quilting the stars, but am unsure how to quilt these Homeward Bound blocks.  They make a diagonal pattern across the entire quilt and I would like to emphasize that feature.  Any ideas?  

Any help will be appreciated.  Meanwhile, I will keep on stitchin' those stars.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

National Quilting Day

Our guild had a sewing day on National Quilting Day with a carry in dinner and a jelly roll race.  It was lots of fun, I used some stash and have a QOV quilt almost done.  
Here's some pictures of the race in progress.


And some of the finished products.

Mary did patriotic and came in third.

Pam was the winner!
Cynthia used all solids and came in second.

Marsha's turned out very pretty.
Gina used a black strip for every other one.
Here's mine.  I used some strips I had cut for QOV quilts from last year.
Kathy is behind there somewhere.  She used a 2-1/2 inch square between every strip.
And in all their glory!  A very productive day.  
I wish I had taken a picture of our dinner spread.  It was pretty impressive too.
There were other guild members there, but not all participated in the jelly roll race.  We had a nice group and had a great day!