A while back I mentioned that I was
getting re-acquainted with my sewing machine. I started out with the little project bags that I have shared with you to gain a little confidence in my abilities again and it's helped. :)
I have also been playing around with machine quilting. Years ago I did a lot of hand quilting, but this is my first foray into machine piecing and quilting and it's a whole new learning curve....but I have been having fun with it.
One of the things I am working on is a
quilt for Ashley and Brian. She had mentioned to me once a while back
how much she disliked the brown quilt on her bed, so I thought that
this would be a nice present.
One of my very first pattern book purchases a few years ago was Happy Hour. After seeing how nice Terry's quilt came out...I thought that this would be the one I would make. Back just before Thanksgiving I took Ashley shopping to pick out fabrics and these are some of the blocks in process...
Every time I think I have made my favorite combination I love the next one even more. They are so addicting............good thing too because I have to make 99 of these suckers for a queen sized bed.
I have 50 completed and hope to finish the remaining 49 over the weekend so that I can send the quilt to the long arm quilter next week.
You may remember my sharing my practice quilt with you back in the early fall. One of the things that I am going to work on next year is being a little more disciplined about finishing things.....so before I got too involved in the Happy Hour quilt, I set about finishing this disappearing 9 patch quilt top. (I have the Christmas kit too...eek)
It's not perfect by any means, but I am really happy with how it came out. I learned a TON about machine piecing while I worked on this quilt.
I am actually toying with machine quilting this one myself, but then I am afraid of destroying it, so I keep wavering. I think I will do a few more practice pieces and then try to decide. Most days I really do think I could do it..........but then..........
I'll let you know what happens. :)