One of my friends suggested I photograph the process to document the work I do. This is probably the only time I did take pictures, thanks to my kids...so here you go, from finished to beginning. Journey of a birthday quilt!
my photo assistant!
me quilting, L took this one, she was so excited about taking pictures
sketched drawing next to sewing machine, it helps when I have to change directions
basted, rolled up, and ready for quilting, my son Ram took this one of me
this is the final layout, although I did go back and rip things and re-cut
work in progress
before I added the pictures, this was the first layout. takes all my living room and block one passage to the kitchen...It was fun to create something special!
Since this post was sitting in as a draft for a bit, the birthday boy has gotten his quilt and i'm told he loves it. YEA!!!
Not much knitting right now, trying to finish a custom order. I always feel guilty when I work on anything while I'm working on an order. A while back I started reading Bitter in the Mouth and I'm enjoying it. It's a story about a young girl, Linda, who tastes words in her mouth. It caught my eye because I love this photographer's work and she had designed a cover for the new version, yup I judge books by their covers...I checked mine out from the library and they didn't have the prettier cover.
We [mom making kids] have taken up walking to get out and exercise. In support of my coworkers efforts to work out I added the MapMyRun app they have been using. [we walk, just to set things straight, even though the app says run] This weekend I took the kids [not to excited] for a mile walk. They enjoyed it! We stopped and smelled the flora because there were no roses [as the saying goes] on this trail, there was some poison ivy!
Poison Ivy...I did not know, they boys did! I'm still not sure if I can identify it on my own, but I will stay away from plants that branch out into 3 leaves...
Last week we started our round of summer activities to engage the kids mind. [Mostly the boys.]
They made a 20" envelope pillow for their project and we ended the week by attending the quilt show. Our bible study for last week and this week has been the book of Titus. We are focusing on giving, through Grace, Mercy, and Peace. In easier terms for them it's help, forgive and comfort. All three of us are learning everyday. So I am incorporating that into our projects.
Remy was surprised he could make something and very happy with his pillow. Ram had a more complicated cover, with the back a different fabric, but he was so grateful and impressed by his accomplishment. We added a pocket for his phone following the pattern instructions. I think they turned out great! Even though they are in different rooms, they match.
The boys selected fabrics, surprised how quickly they were able to do it. They learned how to cut with a rotary cutter, iron and use the sewing machine. Hopefully we will continue to do projects in the future.
I used this pattern as a guide, since we made ours for a 20" pillow.
I think they better understand why I enjoy sewing so much.