Wow, this year is flying by me once again!
I have been busy since the last posting. These are just the finishes but I have a few other projects in the works.
This is the lap quilt I finished for my Granddad (and haven’t sent yet).
I used it for quilting practice and I’m quite happy about how it looks.
The orange quilt is completed and waiting to be a Christmas present. I doubt the recipient visits this site, and if they do, they won’t know it’s theirs 😉
I *think* this one is around 26 year old. It was just the center, the star portion. I added the blue background and border just this month.
Check out the awful piecing! I giggle because it isn’t so bad, in fact at the time it was my best effort.
I remember using a cardboard template and an ink pen to trace out the diamonds. I don’t think rotary cutters and mats were a “thing” yet. If they were, either I hadn’t heard of them and/or couldn’t afford them. I think I did pretty well considering! The fabrics weren’t all fitting for quilting by today’s standards but they were all I had.
I’ve often thought of ridding myself of this “monstrosity” but I’m so glad I didn’t. I kept it for the memories of learning to quilt, financially struggling, and sewing with my son on my lap.
My son is now grown and I can afford the best quilting cottons. I have improved in my skill sets but still learning every day. The memories in this quilt are priceless to me. When I’m no longer here, this will belong to my son.
For weeks, the song “Swingin’ on a Star” by Frank Sinatra has been on a loop in my head. Great song and sound advice, so I think it’s a fitting name for this quilt. But memories of piecing it with my boy in my lap while watching old reruns of “Hawaii 5 0” late at night stuck with me, too. Jeff has always liked making me laugh and he learned that if he said “book em Dano”, I’d giggle quite hard!
I give you “Dano’s Swinging on a star”.
No quilt is complete until the inspectors have a once over. Baby is looking for loose threads in the picture above and Sissy thinks it makes a great backdrop for her newest close up.
Meanwhile, this is what I’m taking a break from this weekend. Ah, homeownership. The sump pump died and no one noticed until I stepped downstair to sew the other night. I hadn’t turned a light on yet and stepped in a cold puddle. I wanted to clean the basement anyway…