New Quilt

This is the quilt I’m currently working on.  It’s called a “New York Beauty,” and I’ve really enjoyed it.  The technique is called paper piecing; I’ve used it before and love the process.  This particular quilt pattern came originally from Karen Stone.  Mine has a long way to go, but I’ll show some of the progress here to give a sneak peek.  Don’t expect the finished work for weeks or months to come!  I’ll have quite a bit of hand sewing to do once I finish the blocks, as I’ve been quilting them along the way.  You can see several New York Beauty samples on pinterest here.

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Small World

This is a small wallhanging I quilted by Jen Kingwell, called “My Small World.”   It was not easy for me, working with all these small pieces, but I finally finished it.  At 52″ x 33″ it’s just right to hang over a bed or table.  It would work well as a scrappy quilt, but I purchased it as a block of the month, because I wanted to use similar fabrics to the original.  Pinterest has lots of samples of this quilt to scroll through.

A Quilt and a Shark

I recently made a new quilt for Sarah–a lap quilt for her couch.  My plan was to match her gray couch with its lime green pillows.  It turned out very nice.

She opened the birthday gift here, then took it home to Houston.  It wasn’t long before I received a Snapchat from her that was similar to this photo:

One of the things we both liked most about the quilt was the elephant fabric I’d found to use for the backing, which can be seen below:

I also did some sewing for Chris’ birthday.  I was looking for something related to sharks (since he’s been fascinated with them since he was a child).  Lo and behold, I found a pattern for a shark pencil pouch, and I decided to give it a try.  It turned out great!  Here is the link for the free pattern.

I think he was pretty happy with it, but he especially enjoyed lunch out with Mom and the dessert provided by the restaurant.

 

 

 

 

Baby Quilt

I recently had the pleasure of delivering one of my quilts to an adorable baby.  I enjoyed making this for our friends.  The design is called a “Disappearing Nine Patch,” because you start with nine squares sewn together, cut them up, then turn them to create this design.

Here is the new father and daughter!  Congratulations Mom and Dad!

 

Crystal Awards

Today I’m sharing “sign” pics from the Crystal ship Symphony that we enjoyed so much.  First, a safety sign:

Next, the first sign I saw every morning before going out on the deck for a morning walk:

I discovered an interesting room in the ship that displays all the wonderful gifts they have received from each port they have visited around the world.  It’s impressive!

There was also a huge display and blessing provided by the craftsmen of the shipyard in Finland, where Symphony was built in 1995:

Finally, I’ll share a couple more menus from our week at sea: