Weekend Joy

I know it’s a bit sad to wish away the week but it’s been a very hectic one this week and I’m looking forward to the weekend for so many reasons.  Firstly I have a couple of little things to finish sewing for Xmas (surprise! surprise!), I’ve got 2 days off work which is always a plus, and most excitedly my family is gathering on Sunday for our Xmas celebrations!

They will all be here for breakfast before the g-children start decorating the Xmas tree. This will be followed by gift giving, which includes a lucky dip option this year for the adults.  The boys are then heading off for youngest g-son’s indoor soccer game while the girls are going off for manicures and finally we gather together again for a late but leisurely lunch.

Its going to be a busy but good weekend. I hope yours is too.

Don’t You Love a Productive Weekend

After several evenings of hand stitching and some tired eyes, I have finally finished my #1 grandson’s quilt. The end result is very pleasing; the pattern looks good, the quilt is square and the machine quilting isn’t too bad. It now needs a wash before I give it to him and I can enjoy it for a few days beforehand.

With the much appreciated assistance from my dear husband we made a padded cutting board for my sewing room. I wanted something to protect the desk top that I’m using as my cutting and preparation table. So we bought a large piece of board, 3 cutting mats, batting and fabric. We glued it altogether and viola … a reversible cutting/padded table top! It looks so fabulous and was put to an immediate test drive!

And then there was my 3rd accomplishment for the weekend. I got the first of the dresses for my granddaughters started. I need to pickup some shirring elastic today for the pockets and should be able to finish this first one tonight.

What a great start to the week! Shame I have to go to work for the next 5 days!

The Last Bit To Go

I find with quilting that it is hard to maintain the interest in a job with so much work. I love the patchwork piecing and bringing the design of the top together but putting the quilting sandwich together well is a tricky and cumbersome activity. I also prefer to hand quilt, which seems a bit contrary when I’m now at the stage where I just want it finished. I think a quilt can be a bit like a long term houseguest: so welcome and exciting when they arrive but if they stay too long you equally welcome their departure. My last couple of quilts, unlike my last few house guests, have been like this.

So last year I planned to make quilts for my grand-twins (is that a word?) for their 10th birthday! I made a beautiful quilt for my granddaughter made of Japanese cottons and it turned out beautifully just in time for her 11th birthday! And she loves it which is the great reward.

But I didn’t quite get there for her twin brother :(. It was only at the tacked together stage on the day. I struggled on … and this is while I’m working from my cramped little sewing corner …. and got the quilting finished (by now opting for machine in the ditch quilting). And my first task performed in my new sewing room was to attach the binding … The first side anyway. So over the next couple of evenings I shall happily spend hand-sewing the binding into its final position, the final touch before delivery. Here’s hoping!