Unfortunately, I did not get much done yesterday after I posted saying that I was going to sandwich the bargello. It was partly life getting in the way of quilting and partly - I am not looking forward to spending that much time on the floor basting a king size quilt! The life getting in the way part actually had to do with the project though, really it did!! I went to the LQS near my house to get more pins, I did not want to run out. . . When I got there, GASP - NOT ONE number 2 pin in the entire store!! They know me well (I know you are surprised about that haha) and I asked the owner's son if maybe they had a couple packs hiding somewhere. That man looked all over the store LOL They have another store down the road about 6 miles and I asked him to call and see if they had pins. They sell more sewing machines in that store than anything else sewing related so I thought I might just get lucky. EUREKA! They did. Back in the car and down the road I went. The woman that runs this shop is the sweetest woman in the world! I bought, from her, both my industrial machine and my Janome and my sewing cabinet and. . . well, you get the picture :) I have spent hours in the shop with her just visiting and showing her the quilts I have made. I had not been in since Thanksgiving so I knew this was not going to be a get in and get out visit :) When I got there she told me she had put in her notice after 28 years and was finally retiring!! SO glad I was on a mission to get those pins! We talked for an hour and I will go back to show her the bargello once it is finished. There are no accidents in life and those pins brought me back to that shop so I wouldn't lose touch with such a wonderful person! Oh, and check this out, she mentioned she would be retiring right after her birthday in March - WHAT?? I asked her what day her birthday was - SHUT UP!! Our birthdays are TWO days apart! :) There is a reason we get along - and I thought it was because we both have red hair!! LOL
On to a quilt I made for my husband. I wanted this quilt to be special and snuggly and warm :) I bought all of the fabric for this quilt at Stitch N Frame. If you have not checked this site out, head on over there! She is have a most fabulous sale until the end of the month. TONS of fabrics for under $5 a yard - name brand quality fabric. I don't get paid to say this - I just love this site. Shipping is fast and the customer service is awesome. I have placed orders over the phone (I went for a week or two where my computer refused to let me place orders.... I think my husband might have had something to do with that but I am resourceful! LOL) and they couldn't be more helpful. Back to the quilt. I did not have a pattern for this, I just cut big squares, played with the arrangement until I found the one I liked and sewed it together :) Here it is:
As I said, I wanted this quilt to be special for the hubbins. We have always had Siberian Huskies and he has always been partial to wolves and loves the outdoors. I had purchased the panels months ago waiting for some kind of inspiration. Then I saw these fabrics with the various outdoorsy 'themes' and thought - I can make something from that! The panels and his height dictated the size of the squares. I put the pieces of fabric on my wall in various different arrangements until I found one that I thought was pleasing and started cutting. The quilt finished at 72" x 84." The quilt top went together quickly but once again, I found that cutting those huge blocks is not as easy as one would think! I muddled through it and the top ended up surprisingly square haha. The backing is Minkee and the batting is wool. I quilted around the wolves in the panels and decided to just leave them with minimal quilting. I then did a meander with paw prints and leaves in the mix. I was a little worried about the thickness of this quilt and the tension being an issue when I FMQ it but I have to say my Janome did an awesome job with no tension fiddling - added bonus! :) As I said, this was a quick finish, it took about a week start to washed and wrapped around the hubbins and the pups :) I'm guessing if you look really close at these pictures you WILL see dog hair! LOL
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