For the past several days, I've worded a post in my head a bunch of times - wondered if I should split into more than one post or just say everything at one time. So...one time it is!
I finished up the two quilts that a customer asked me to make for graduation gifts for two boys. So very simple and functional, but she loved them! (YEAH!!)
Glad to have that little project finished and with a satisfied customer!
Mandie (DD#2) asked me to quilt a lap quilt for her that she was giving as a gift (sorry no photo, but it was a cute scrappy blue/yellow/white chevron quilt). I wanted to try a new all over design, and felt like I needed to practice, so I made up a couple of practice sandwiches and - looked pretty good, but wasn't quite ready to put it on the gift quilt yet, so I got out the patriotic small quilt tops that I made last year and practiced some more!
I thought they turned out pretty good, so got two more and quilted them in "strings of stars".
I thought they turned out even cuter! I was binding them, when Mandie stopped by and she said, "Oh, Mom these are so cute - I want this one!!" Well I can't refuse my daughters, so I thought, okay, I've got quite a bit of some fabric I used for backing on two of the star quilts, I'll make some for the girls.
Here's the backing:
and I dug through my stash and found some red and white scraps and FQs to make a couple of small quilts...well six quilts later I said enough!
But I had SOOOO much fun making these and practicing different FMQ designs and ideas! I did cross hatching, pumpkin seeds, loops, stars and hooked feathers!! I must say I'm HOOKED on hooked feathers!!
They were a lot of fun and I think I'm even getting pretty good at them!
I also make three little flag quilts, too! They measure about 9" X 13" and Mandie wanted one of those too!!
So now the girls have several to choose from and I needed a couple of gifts, so I think I'm set for a bit.
While I was digging through my box of small quilt tops, I found one that I had forgotten about. It was a SAL with Joanne. Her SAL was fun and I loved it, but I wasn't crazy about my fabric choices, but I had it, so I thought I would machine quilt it also (and practice some more feathers - Joanne had used feathers on hers and I liked it so....)
I LIKED it! It turned out better than I thought (if you look close, you will see lots of mistakes - but I did want to so my progress!)
So in closing to quote a character in Marie Bostwick's latest book "Between Heaven and Texas":
"You know what I call a machine quilted, quilt? DONE!!!!"