Saturday, March 7, 2009

I have been remiss...

but the problem is that I just haven't spent any time in my sewing room doing anything constructive! That is, until yesterday...

My first project was getting the quilting done on "Balloon Ride over the Palouse." The top itself was finished several months ago after I finished my granddaughter's baby quilt. I was playing around with a new (to me) technique for improvisational curved piecing. It did such a great job on those hills! I then added a paper-pieced hot air balloon and used the leftovers from the mitered baby quilt border to make a frame. I have really grown to love the Palouse area of Washington State. I've made a lot of trips to this region since we first took our daughter over to WSU for her freshman year in the fall of 2001. I love seeing the changes in the scenery at different times of the year and even from week to week.


After I got the binding on the balloon quilt I did the quilting on my Mini Quilt in a Bag 2 - Simply Charming quilt. For this round my partner sent me a charm pack of fabric and I was supposed to use at least a small piece of each fabric in a quilt top. The charm pack she chose had something like 40 different fabrics in it so she told me I didn't have to use them all in the quilt but I used all but one, I think (it was a very light tan that just didn't have enough contrast with the muslin I used). They didn't all make it into the top but I used some of the larger prints for the back. I ended up just turning the back over the front for the binding. I think it turned out really great, in fact, I am hoping my partner won't mind getting her little quilt a week or so late so I can hang it in the quilt show at our church.

Speaking of the quilt show, I really need to spend some time on that now as I am pretty much in charge!

2 comments:

ROZ said...

Wow! Take me for a ride on the baloon--such a super quilt

Lisa said...

Your rolling hills turned out really nice. Adorable quilt!

Lisa (flickr lmdesign7)