The weekend is almost over –

and boy do I have something to show for it this time.  I finished my first quilt top – sort of.  I have all the piecing done and it just needs a border or two.   The pattern is entitled Zen, and I bought it as a kit.  It had some brighter fabrics, so I purchased more dark ones.  I am really pleased with the result.  I’ve draped it over the queen size blow-up bed for these photos..

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I’m pretty happy with the result!

August Break #11 – and Quilting 101

Tomorrow is the last day of my beginners quilting class.  I was a week behind, so I have been playing catch up tonight.  My project is going to be a wall hanging and I think I chose beautiful batiks in blues and greens.  My boarder (and the backing) has geckos.  The photo doesn’t do the colors justice, but at least you’ll get an idea of what I’ve been up to.  And yes, it is FULL of mistakes.  But isn’t that what learning is all about?  (If you haven’t done so yet, or in a while, visit other participants of August Break here.)

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New Hobby

Isn’t it exciting when something you’ve been thinking about for years actually starts to happen?

A couple of weeks ago I bought a new (to me) Bernina sewing machine.  It’s actually about 15-20 years old, and I’m the third owner, but it’s a great machine.  It was delivered last week.  And so I thought, well, I’ve got this great machine.  Now what?  And then I remembered a fragment of a conversation I had with a colleague a few months ago.  She mentioned in passing that she was working on a quilt.  Hum.  I’ve always wanted to try quilting, had the time perhaps come?

So I gave her a call and found out about a quilting store here in town.  Actually we have two!  I decided to go and check them out.  They both are filled with gorgeous fabrics and fun people.  One of them has “project” classes and the other has a quilting class where you and your machine just come and for 2 hours you visit and work at your own pace.  There is an instructor to provide guidance, tips and to make you feel good about your work.

I decided to give it a go.  Not wanting to invest a ton of money in something and then not like it, for my first project I’ve chosen a table runner.  Actually it isn’t going to run very far, it’s a square with another square (turned like a diamond) around it.  I really enjoyed the first class and I’m looking forward to going to my next class this coming week.  I finished up the first square today.  It’s about 20″ square and made with purples, green and a black print with purple and pink flowers.  Here it is so far:

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Looking at it now I probably should have had the back pieces with the flowers laid out so that the purples were opposite corners from each other – and likewise the pinks.  But hey, I like it!