Quilting Update

There has been a lot of grandchildren time and a little bit of sewing time since my last post.  On August 6th, we (brother, son, grandson and I) had lunch on the Royal Gorge Lunch train.  We called it our Decade Lunch because the only people invited had a decade birthday this year – 60, 50, 40 and 10.  It was a beautiful day for a train ride and we had a wonderful time celebrating birthdays in a special way.

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One of the goals on my 2016 list was making a bag.  Bags, totes and purses are really not my thing, but I had bought this pattern years ago and decided now was the time to get ‘er done.

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I really don’t know why it took me so long to actually sew the bag because it went together very quickly.  I have two more of the magnetic snaps that the pattern uses, so I am thinking that they will make great gifts.  It was lucky that this was a fast project, because the next several days were spent tending to grandchildren.

Once my babysitting duties were completed and kisses & hugs collected, I was ready to sit down in front of my sewing machine.  In a couple of days I finished a scrappy quilt top for a test run of trapunto.

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The center medallion is a pre-printed mini wholecloth that has been in my stash for years.  It is so satisfying to finally use fabric/patterns that have been collecting dust, isn’t it?  I think that is the satisfaction of knowing that you finally found the right project for the fabric.

One of my favorite parts of this quilt top is the borders.  I like the look of the fabric wrapping around the corner on both the inner and outer border.  081716C  (952x1024)

Last night I stitched down the trapunto batting and then started the hardest part – cutting the batting away.

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It is going to be fun to see how this turns out.  I am hoping to get the quilt sandwich put together tomorrow and then start the machine quilting.  There are other projects sitting around calling my name, but this one was yelling the loudest.


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