Sunday, November 2, 2014

Poor Little Tattered Puppy

I made my grandson a quilt 4 years ago, given to him on his 7th birthday. He requested a dog quilt and I found this cute Buggy Barn pattern. Yesterday he brings it to me and tells me how he sleeps with it every night but it has gotten some "holes" in it and could I repair them. So I am thinking, he has torn the binding or maybe a little tear in one of the patches, easy enough to fix...right? Wrong!

The fabric has desentegrated! I used this fabric twice in the quilt, once for the body of the dog and once for the background. Thank goodness I only used it twice. I checked all the other fabrics and they are holding up just fine. I make lots of scrappy quilts and now I am wondering just how many of the other quilts I have and have given away, did I use the fabric in.

I cut out paper patterns of the dog body and will applique new body parts on. The other I will have to think a little more on, since it is the background piece. The quilt was quilted by a "long-armer" and I don't want to take out the quilting, so I am thinking after I have the fabric repaired I will attempt to machine quilt from the back following the quilt pattern.

This is going to be a real challenge, and my grandson emphasized to me that he sleeps with it EVERY night - no pressure there. I may have to let him borrow another quilt to sleep with for awhile!

Big southern sigh,


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Making progress.......slowly

I thought I would just share my progress on the three projects I am working on now. There is a fourth that takes up a lot of my time, but can't share that one just yet.

First up is my modified OneBlockWonder quilt, which I have decided to call China Blue. I have reached the half way point in the quilt top and am still enjoying making these blocks. Still have not decided about the applique in the middle, whether to stick with all blue and white, or to spice it up with a splash of color.

Next is a wool applique table runner that I started a few weeks ago at the Quilters of SC fall retreat. This was a workshop conducted by Cathi Gainey and is her own design. I think this project is demanding some embellishment with beads to add sparkle, after all it is a Christmas Table Runner.

The applique is almost done and then I get to play with beads and maybe some Twilling.

Check out Cathi's beautiful wools and patterns at Shakerwood Woolens.

And of course a couple new Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. Still having fun working with these blocks!

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!