I have been working on my big quilts (as we speak, the Not a Chinese Lantern is on my machine in quilting mode), but it has definitely been sporadic. Between the 2 Easters (we are Greek Orthodox – think My Big Fat Greek Wedding complete with the lamb on a spit–see photo), putting in a 12 x 12 garden for my mom and doing , I have not had time to do much!
I did make seven pillow shams for a couch that a colleague at work asked me to do – she has a friend who just moved into an apartment and for health reasons could not make the shams herself. I hate home dec sewing – it's really boring – but they came out well.
Oh yeah – the Drunkard’s Path that I was hand-piecing now has to be taken apart – I hate the way I put together the blocks. The overall pattern is not at all what I pictured. Oh well – rip and repeat, rip and repeat……
The Weekly Rant
Bet you know what this rant is about – TIME!!! Or not enough of it to be exact. I love spring, but it sure isn’t productive for quilting! Especially because I got four of these great plastic Adirondack chairs at Home Depot–one in each color they had. They are really comfy and the lure of sitting in one on my deck with a book and the dogs running around is sometimes too much to resist!
Fun Facts about Quilts
During Easter I challenged someone on the Quilter’s Forum to do a Free Motion Quilt Challenge with me. She sends her quilts out to a longarmer but wanted to learn FMQ herself. We decided on a 10-minute block pattern that is very easy and lends itself nicely to FMQ because there is a nice size block in the center that you can go nuts with. I posted a picture of the final table runner I made and gave to my mom. Most people think that FMQ needs to be done professionally, but with a little practice, it is reasonably easy to do on a domestic machine. It’s a good thing because a longarm machine and bed is $10,000 or better and you need at least a 15 x 20 room to put the thing in!
People look at my quilts, NOT my housework!