We had a great Christmas and I have been on vacation from work. The roads were not pleasant driving to Boise, but we had a great time with our daughters, their husbands, our two grandkids, and many other family members, too numerous to list! It was a great time and we had decent roads coming home. It's a six hour drive normally.
After we got home I started sewing. I assembled my Tula Pink City Sampler, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks quilt top. These blocks are 6" finished. I avoided lining blocks up with the setting I chose!
|City Sampler - 100 Modern Quilt Blocks|
I only had 7 of the Moda Be My Neighbor blocks done and the 16th one was released just before Christmas. I worked for a couple days sewing the rest of the blocks and then a couple days assembling the quilt top and figured out the border, along with making a pieced backing. I used cut offs from the triangle piecing to make a border and sized them all to 2 1/2" unfinished. I had designed a border, but realized I didn't have enough of the white fabric so I cut up a bunch of the fabrics and made a random piano key border.
|Be My Neighbor top - queen sized|
|another view, my design wall isn't tall enough!|
The quilt top is now queen sized and will go in my daughter's room. When she was six she wanted a house quilt. She went through my stash and picked fabrics and I made a quilt, even hand quilting it! The quilt is worn out! She is my bright colors lover so I thought the Be My Neighbor quilt would be a great one to have on her bed here when she comes to visit.
|Lisa's house quilt circa 1994|
|bright house block with sidewalk|
|rotten chimney fabric and my hand quilting|
|top of the quilt - completely shredded!|
The backing I pieced for Be My Neighobr is VERY bright, there is one piece that sticks out a sore thumb, but I can honestly say I made a dent in a box of fabric! Some of these fabrics have been in my stash for years and years! Now to get the quilt quilted before the end of January to enter into the viewer's choice contest! These pictures don't do the colors justice! This will be my OMG - or One Monthly Goal.
|another view pieced backing|
In the windows of some of the Be My Neighbor blocks I used cat fabric. Lisa loved cats growing up and made a Chinese Coin quilt of all cat fabrics. She tied it as a 4-H project.
|cat fabric in the window closeup|
|pieced borders closeup|
|Lisa's Chinese Coins cat quilt|
|closeup on the quilt showing the same fabric I used in the windows|
My husband and I have made a tradition of going on a New Year's Day walk. The snow was pretty deep and hard to maneuver. We have snow shoes but I haven't the slightest idea how to use them so we waded through the snow. Our dogs were thrilled to go, but the snow was a bit deep!
|Leia - will be 2 in Feb.|
|Kanobi - age 11 1/2|
|picture in the front of our house a couple days ago at sunset - |
farm machinery implements waiting for spring!