I've been in a bit of a funk this winter. These past couple of years actually, but I think I'm getting better. The quilt top in this first shot is the LAST customer quilt that I intend to do. At least for a couple of years. It was on the frame for a long time, & I finally finished it a couple of weeks ago, & delivered back to Shirley Fraser.
Here a a few close views after quilting. It was so big & heavy I didn't attempt to hang it up for fuller shots.
After that I got busy on the baby quilts I needed to get made. The 2 tops were whipped up in one weekend, then I got quilting. This first on is for Jocelyn, who is due to be born around May 19th. She will be our first Great-grandchild.
Here are a couple of shots of the back side. It's Minkie...ooooh soooo SOFT!
I made 3D flowers by just doing free motion shapes on 2 layers of fabric, with the right sides together. Next I cut them out, slit the back, stuffed them with a little wool batting, & hand appliqued them with the slit against the top. I made the centers out of ruff cut strips gathered & stitched to the flowers.
The second quilt is made for my son Brandon, & wife Laura's 3rd baby girl due Aug. 28. Name hasn't been revealed yet. I decided to try & be more modern with this one, & just had fun!
I quilted flowers in the pink plaid areas, & hand appliqued little dots in the center of each flower, with the same fabric I used for binding.
The light has come back. It has been sunny & beautiful out the past few days, but here is a view from out back door a week ago after a fresh snowfall. The path to the cars had been filled in over night with about 24 inches of snow. It took Warren 6 hours of snow-blowing to dig us all out. He played in the snow while I pieced baby quilts. It was a glorious weekend!
This weekend I made some cards. This for my friend Pam who has retired from nursing. I used a photo transfer on to fabric of my quilt which is appropriately named "Retirement" from our "Burning Desire Challenge". I added real sand & shells for embellishment around the edges.
The next is a sympathy card for my friend Judy who just lost her mom. It's a miniature quit top made from bits of antique fabrics sewn on to card stock.
This sunny one is made for my baby boy who turned 37 on the 21st.
I am so glad the calendar says it's spring, & the sky is sunny & blue!