Saturday, December 3, 2022

Sewing With My Mom

My mom got Covid at the same time I did in September 2021.  We nearly lost her.  She was in the hospital for a couple weeks and rehab for another couple weeks.  The doctors said it was good that she was vaccinated or we really would have lost her.  She has had a long recovery from the Covid.  She didn't sew for over a year.  This fall I asked her if she would like to come to my house once a week and we could sew together.  She thought it was a great idea and we brought one of her machines over to my house.  

The first week we got together we cut out a new quilt for her of five inch squares.  

She pieced it at my house for a few weeks. 

But then my dad sadly had a fall.  Luckily there were no breaks.  His recovery took a few weeks, so we started sewing at her place.  (He is doing better and we are back to sewing at my place.)

She was able to finish her first quilt top in over two years.  

While she was sewing I helped organize her studio in her basement.  

Miss Kitty had so much fun playing at Grandma's house.  

Here's a peek at her second quilt top almost finished.

I will share the finished quilts in another post.  I must say, these quilts feel like a miracle to me.  


Friday, December 2, 2022

Studio Changes

Over the last few months there has been a lot of little changes in my quilting studio.  The first change was adding a table in front of my window.  We brought over one of my mom's sewing machines so that she could come and sew with me once a week.  It is a little crowded there, but so worth it!

The next change was replacing my sewing cabinet with a slightly larger one from my mom.  It barely fits on that wall with all the other furniture.  I have to pull out the cutting table if I want to close the top of the cabinet, but I love it.  

About the same time I got the new cabinet my 24 year old PFAFF 7570 died.  I kind of feel like I have lost an old friend.  It developed an electrical short that would speed up the machine randomly.  A new pedal didn't help.  It didn't feel safe to use it any more.  So I pulled out my back up machine.  It is a Bernina 440.  It was also once my mother's.  I bought it when she decided to upgrade to the Bernina 570.  While I miss the built in walking foot from my PFAFF, I am loving sewing with this machine now.  

The next change was removing the rainbow baby gate blocking off the play area.  Miss Kitty is much happier being able to play closer to me.  A happier daughter leads to extra sewing time for me.  She is also old enough to understand not to get into the sewing stuff.  It feels a lot more open without the gate.  

Then my sister asked me if I wanted the Frozen play castle.  After thinking about it for a couple weeks, I decided that it would be a nice addition to the play area.  

This frozen castle was once in my mother's basement.  Then she gave it to one of my sisters.  Once her daughter got to old for it, it was given to another one of my sisters.  Now that her daughter is too old for it my girls get to enjoy it.  

After sewing with my mom for a few weeks she decided to get rid of some of her older projects and some fabric.  She realized that she wouldn't be able to get to them and wanted to work on projects she would enjoy and finish.  This is what I brought home with me.  

I went through it all.  I separated some things to finish for my mom.  I put some things in a pile to donate.  And I piled everything else up nicely.  (My mom is so good to me.)

Then my sweet husband got me a new Kallax and some Drona cubes from Ikea.  Everything is stored neatly in there to avoid a cluttered studio.  

I love having such a versatile sewing space.  


Thursday, December 1, 2022

More Quilts for Kids

This is the Whirling I Spy quilt I worked on at the Quilts for Kids scrap quilt workshop.  

I was able to finish the quilt top while I was there.  

After I finished the Modern Pearls quilts I was able to load it on my long arm and quilt it with a simple stipple.  

There was enough backing provided to use as a binding. 

Then I added the label.

This baby quilt was so fast and so much fun to finish that I decided to work on the other six I brought home.  They were all pieced by other volunteers and finished by me.  

Two Spider-Man quilts with different bindings.  (I noticed one was upside down later.)

The backings are a little wonky, but Cheetah approves.  

There was a cute taxi cab quilt with a pieced backing. 

There was a beautiful red and black floral with a red backing.

There was a cute teddy bear sailor quilt with a striped backing.

The last quilt had some cute bear fabric with a pieced backing.

Now they all sit in a pile until I can get them washed and delivered to one of my local quilt shops which is a drop-off location.  I hope to do that very soon.  

I loved working on these quilts and look forward to making more for Quilts for Kids.  


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Two of a Kind

I made these two quilts at the request of my husband.  One is for someone whose spouse has terminal cancer and the other is for someone who just had a heart transplant.  They use the Modern Pearls quilt pattern by Julia of Red Rainboots Handmade.  She offers the pattern for free here.  I did make the quilts smaller by leaving off two columns.  My quilts finish about 60 by 76 inches.  

The two fabrics I chose are Kona Lighthouse and Kona snow.  I think those colors looks so pretty together.  The backings are an off white minky.  

I cut the quilt out and basically followed her pattern with the lights and darks reversed.

Pretty soon I had one quilt on the design wall and another quilt top made.  

Then there were two quilt tops.

I loaded one large piece of minky a little bit differently.  I rolled the backing onto the bar normally used for the top.  I had to be careful when advancing the quilts, but it helped to manage the bulk of the minky.  

The first quilt was quilted with loopy spirals.

The second was quilted with a plain spiral. 

They were loaded one right after the other and came off the frames one right after the other.

I trimmed them at the same time.

On Halloween my husband asked me if I could hurry and finish one of them.  He wanted to gift it the next day.  So I did.

I got the binding on...

And took a couple outdoor photos before the trick-or-treaters came.

The other quilt sitting unfinished was bothering me, so I finished the binding after the kids were in bed on Halloween.

I had hoped for some more sunlight to take photos, but my husband checked the weather forecast.  It would be at least a week if I waited for a sunny day.  He wanted to gift the quilt before then, so I did the best I could.

I really enjoyed making these quilts, but I must admit I missed bright colors.  I just hope that these quilts can bring the recipients and their families some comfort.