What?! Two finished quilts? I finished this pretty 60's quilt during a very lovely sewing weekend with my two fellow spinsters and our very good friend Anna of The Willow Nest!
We were given this quilt top a few years ago and I finally decided to finish it! I love this quilt to pieces (pun very much intended). It's filled with so many pretty fabrics and it's so bright and cheerful without being too dated. Ooh, AND I finally got to use the beautiful vintage sheet that I won in a giveaway several years ago to back it! I love the result!
The next three photos are of my three favorite fabrics in the quilt.
I had to cut one row of squares off of the finished top so that it would fit the vintage sheet I wanted to use for the back. I didn't want the strip to go to waste so I cut it in half and added it to two of the corners on the binding. The rest of the binding is a yellow gingham!
I recently finished a quilt that has been in the works for oh...4 or 5 years maybe? It is an Irish Chain pattern I found in a book called Big Book of Scrap Quilts. The pattern is called Jenny's Flower Garden. I used all scraps from my stash including scraps from a civil war ball gown, a failed green linen dress project, a button up shirt, a pair of pajamas, a baby quilt and other random scraps from my stash! It feels so good to use up so many! Here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure.
The whole thing is machine quilted in a diagonal pattern with PURPLE quilting thread! In each white square I hand quilted these pretty flowers. Honestly, I think the hand quilting was my favorite part of the process.
It is bound in scraps from my Civil War Ballgown!
And here is the back. A pieced together back with a bunch of pastel scraps and muslin from my stash!
I have to say I didn't enjoy making this quilt as much as I thought I would. There were just too many little corners that had to match up with each other. That is why it's so small. Originally I was going to make it at least a double size but I ran out of steam and ambition. That being said, I really love the finished quilt and I'm so glad that I stuck with it and finished it.
We went to go see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies the day it came out. (We loved it!)
It was so epic and SAD and beautifully done! I won't post any spoilers in case some of you haven't seen it yet! I absolutely LOVED the song at the end. Heartbreakingly beautiful!
So, because it was the LAST one we decided to dress up. It's tradition, what can I say? "Nerds have more fun." as Gen says.
I finished my medieval over dress and we each knitted a "detachable party hood" like the dwarves have in the book. Mine is the blue one because Fili and Kili were always my favorites and their hoods are blue. =]
I made it a little longer than the pattern and I added a bell at the tip of the hood as well as the ends of the massively long drawstring with fabulous tassels!
I also made this knitted bag for which I made up the pattern. Something I've been wanting a very long time! A bag to wear with my costumes! It's inspired by Eowyn and Rohan... and also the Dwarves.
Well, I hope everyone had a happy Groundhog day yesterday! One of the best (and silliest) holidays ever. Let me know what you thought of the the Last Hobbit movie (no spoilers please!) and I would love to see if you made costumes too!
..on Christmas Eve! And it stayed all through Christmas. yay!
I'm wanting snow again. Don't shoot me for saying that, but I do.
I really don't have anything to say except that I want to talk. I miss my friends that live far away.. and that live close for that matter. But I am resolved to actually learn how to communicate. I'm working on it.
Meanwhile I'm making Mochi and pillowcases. :)
Thanks for puting up with my weird moment.....s.