We’ve had lots of customers stop by lately with show and tell, and I knew you’d enjoy seeing their projects. I’ll even show you one that I recently finished!
You’ll recognize Kris who works in the shop several Saturdays a month. She adapted the Little Charmers 2 table runner pattern from Anka’s Treasures into this cute lap quilt, which she made as a wedding gift. She used the Bistro collection from Moda reflecting the couple’s coffee interest. I love how it turned out, and what a great idea to revamp the table runner pattern!
Marty brought her latest finish to share ea rlier in the week – a cute, cute baby quilt of colorful kites on a sky blue background. She had been in the shop not long ago to purchase a backing and we helped her settle on a ‘perfect’ multi-color dots to finish it off. The tails on the kites are 3-D and Marty pointed out that she waited until after the top was quilted to add the tails so that the “windy” quilting pattern would be uninterrupted.
Here’s another cute baby quilt made with one of our pre-cut flannel rag quilt kits. These kits are perfect for a quick gift in a hurry because the squares are already pre-cut so all you have to do is sew, clip and wash!
Kathy brought in her amazing Civil War Diary quilt top to share with us and it is fabulous! Those are six-inch paper-pieced blocks! She did a terrific job picking out her fabrics and piecing the blocks – this was her first experience with paper-piecing, too! The black pinstripe sashing that she used to pull the blocks together is the perfect frame for these incredible blocks. Kathy attended a six-month class at the shop last year which focused on the Civil War Diary Quilt and she’s the first to finish her project. I am so thrilled that she finished it although she said it would be a while before she quilted it because she’s sick of looking at it!
Last up is a table runner I finished as a gift for a friend’s birthday. This is a new pattern I found at Spring Quilt Market from The Teacher’s Pet called Strip Center. It is designed for 1-1/2 inch strips so I used a honey bun from Moda’s Zippity Do Dah collection. I love how it turned out, and I’m working on another one which will be a shop sample. One thing I’m doing differently this time is to use Mary Ellen’s Best Press on the strips before cutting and sewing – I think that will help with the stretching.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little Show & Tell episode. I love it when our customers bring in their projects to share with us – we don’t often get to see the end result so it is always fun to see how projects turn out. I try to always have my camera charged and close at hand so bring your projects in so we can share them here with all our blog readers!
Tomorrow is a “retreat” day for me. I’m heading over to Grayson to spend the day at Pat’s Summer Stitch-In for the Silver Thimble Quilt Club. I packed far more projects than I’ll ever get done in a day, but hope springs eternal. Maybe I’ll get a little something done anyway! And if I don’t that will be ok, too, I know it will be fun, fun regardless! Hopefully I’ll have pics to share afterward…stay tuned.