Tuesday, May 21, 2019

It's been a BUSY week!

After almost a month of no sewing action at all, I finally took time to pull out my small machine, cleared off a corner of the dining room table, and pulled together a few quilt tops for the 2019 version of Hands2Help.  Thankfully, the Canadian charity (Victoria's Quilts) this year requested 50" x 70" tops, as opposed to quilts.  It's probably also a good thing that I tend to be easily distracted, because I managed to find several projects that I had started a year or two ago and then abandoned because something more exciting (or necessary) showed up...
So, are you ready for "show and tell"?  First is a quilt that is 100% brand new - I bought all the fabrics 3 weeks ago, and made up this "Warm Wishes" quilt (a former Project Linus quilt pattern).  I tried to find a focus fabric that was gender-neutral - it took me 35 minutes to find this print, and only 5 more to find the 3 solids to go with it.

Next is this "Precious Gems" top - it's a layer cake pattern.  I had all the blocks made up last year, so I only had to sew them together to finish it.
Then there's this "Plus" quilt.  I had cut a lot of the 5" squares last winter when I was making a masculine one for the local hospital Pediatric Critical Care Unit.  However, once I started laying the blocks out, I realized that I needed a LOT more, so I spent a few hours pulling assorted fabrics and cutting squares.  Once the blocks were laid out, the sewing happened pretty quickly!
The next one was almost a freebie - I won a FQ bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics when they introduced their "Indigo and Aster" fabric line.  I chose to use the more masculine fabrics, and supplemented those fabrics with other AG fabrics that I had in my stash - the white fabric is consistent in all of the blocks.

Next up is a "leftover" quilt.  A few years ago, I participated in a mystery quilt, and completed the top, but never got around to quilting it, because I had made it really big!  I ended up removing a few rows, making a "new" top in a great size for completing and donating.  I put the excess section aside, and came across it a few days ago.  The section was too small for a quilt, but I poked around a little, and found 6 more blocks and 2 more that needed to be assembled - so I stitched them up, added them to the original section, and it ended up big enough for another top!
Now I'm all "sewn out" - and I have a few baby boy sweaters to knit / finish up in the next week or two, so the machine will go back into it's corner....  Hopefully it won't be long before it gets called out of retirement!
Linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.
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