Monday, January 17, 2011

Back in the Groove

Even though, I've have been doing a little sewing all along since our move, I really felt comfortable in my new sewing studio for the first time last week. Still have some unpacking and organizing, but time out for a couple of projects.
I did two little dresses for models for Suzanne at Strawberry Patches. They were fun summer dresses made from fabrics that brightened up my days of sewing.

The other project I worked on was started two years ago. It was a  block of the month for a quilt called A Tisket a Tasket. The pattern was offered free each month from Bunny Hill Designs. At Strawberry Patches they offered the kit for each month for 5.00.  It was a simple applique and took me two years to complete the blocks.
Last week, I turned these
and these
into this
I haven't basted a quilt in over two years and wasn't sure if my bad back, hip and knee would hold up crawling around on the floor.
I did a little at a time and got up a walked around a lot and some how it got done.
I marked it before I basted (got a little carried away with a new blue pen...hope I can get it all out later)
I used a blanket stitch on these instead of traditional applique because I thought it was a little more whimsical like the quilt is.
Here's the back. I was able to use up all the fabric and not have to buy backing fabric. The red, green and floral were all in my stash from other projects. The blue paisley I bought in fat quarters during last years Shop Hop thinking it might work for this quilt.
As soon as it was basted, I hooped it and it is ready to hand quilt. I am so excited, as I haven't had one in my hoop for over 2 years. Now I have something to do while I indulge in my guilty pleasures...such as "The Bachelor" which happens to be on tonight.  So, guess I won't be feeling so guilty tonight.

God is Good!
Life is Good!


My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Beverly.
Your sewing projects look great! Love the colors you have chosen for all of them.

You have inspired me to do a sewing project...maybe in the couple of weeks.

Wishing you a wonderful week!
Hugs, Sharon

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Beverly, oh what a beautiful quilt and cute little dresses..yes I am dreaming about making little dresses one day soon.
Glad you are feeling 'at home' in your new studio...God is Good!


Annelies said...

Oh my....just the inspiration I was HOPING for. You are the best. I ALMOST have my bunny quilt completed, but now the race is on. I love your talent, I LOVE your heart. XXX

Jane said...

So glad to hear that your sewing studio is up and running!! The dresses were too cute and that quilt....just gorgeous!! Wish I had the patience to do that kind of work. Hope you got a lot of work done while you watched the Bachelor!

Suzanne said...

Well if you're a Bravo TV addict like me you'll have that sweet quilt done in no time!There always seems to be a Housewife drama on 24/7. = )Thank you for the darling dresses. Was just thinking this morning that I need to order more mannequins. Love them.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Beverly,
Oh my goodness! your quilt is amazing I love it!! I enlarged all the photo's just to see all your beautiful stitches.
How I wish we lived close, I just started on a quilt my first big one, I made a baby quilt but did not hand stitch, I sewed in the ditch. I could use some one on one time with a expert quilter like you..
Please post the quilt when you are done, I would love to see it..
Oh and by the way I'm watching the bachelor too..I googled the bachelor spoilers and they said who he chooses...I don't know if its true or not, so I won't spoil it for you..
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Farmchick said...

Glad that you are getting back to normal a bit. That quilt is gorgeous!!

Pink Daisys Blog Spot said...

Back in the groove? No I think you are on fire! The dresses are adorable and any little girl would be so lucky to wear one, you make the BEST BEAUTIFUL things ever! And that quilt is amazing! WOW, I wish you lived closer so I sit at your knee and learn to sew like you!
Have a great day! Glad you are back, I have missed your posts!

Linda said...

Those two little dresses are very cute and I love your quilt...I'm glad you're able to get it done!

Nancy B said...

Hi, Beverly. I admire your talent so much and I fondly remember the classes you taught that I was privileged to take. You are a great teacher! Your quilt is very cute. Hope our paths cross soon.