Making progress!

I have been very busy for the past few days. In addition to some client sewing, I have finished quilting the blue and green and yellow Swedish Baskets baby quilt and a Lone Star wallhanging in addition to piecing a Trip Around the World lap quilt that I like a LOT. It’s bright colors, with an emphasis on red and pink. It started as a baby quilt, but I liked it so well, and it wasn’t really a baby quilt style… so I sewed more blocks and made it bigger.

Trip Around the World




It’s time to do dressmaking! I like dressmaking a lot – maybe even more than quiltmaking.  I have a lot of red and pink stuff right now, for Valentines Day and general winter/spring wear. I am fond of toile and florals for this season. Southern Wisconsin can be pretty dreary this time of year. It doesn’t stay cold enough to maintain snow all winter – it just looks kind of dirty.  Those long winters up north were VERY long and very cold, but they tended to be brighter because of the whiteness of the snow.

I am sewing for a private client this weekend, and then I will possibly list custom orders for sale from those dresses. I do enjoy the creative process of dress designing, even if I am slow at it.


Something a little more colorful

Last week, I started cutting out another Swedish Hearts quilt, a little bigger than the last one, in blue, green and yellow, but I got knocked out by the flu. I am starting to feel better, but not able to stand up for the cutting, so I think it will remain on the back burner for a day or two and I will find some more “sitting down” projects to do. There is certainly a lot of work to do on The Guild website and related promotion for our grand opening launch. We will have some lovely items for sale. If you haven’t signed up for the mailing list, you should do that! There will be weekly drawings from the mailing list to win prizes like the little quilt shown below.



My Swedish Hearts quilt is all done! I quilted it in PINK! I did the hand sewing of the binding and sleeve while watching the Nero Wolfe episode, “Death of a Doxy.” I had listened to it on audiobook before, but I really liked this TV version better. That is unusual for me – I’m not a big video person.  It’s set in the 1970’s, with fun and colorful costumes. Check it out!


Swedish Hearts – Pieced!

I hope to get this layered and quilted this evening, but I have some things I have to do before my ladies’ meeting tomorrow morning, so I am not sure I will accomplish that. I think it turned out nicely, and I am looking forward to doing one in which the two halves of the heart contrast more sharply. I like the shape of the hearts very much. The quilt is 30″ x 30″.



Swedish Hearts Quilt

Yesterday, I worked on drafting a woven hearts quilt – just a little one, with five blocks set on point. My friend Chautona sent me some very sweet fabric that inspired this project, but it really reminds me of making paper Swedish baskets with my mother when I was a little girl. Weaving that paper used to make me feel like I was all thumbs, but the quilt block is done differently. Over the years, I have tried several patterns to get the look I want, but the proportions were never quite right. I spent several hours with my drafting software yesterday, though, and I think it might be just right. I will post pictures as I work on it this week.