Pam always asks what her "peoples" are up to. I consider myself one of Pam's peoples. So here it is.
I needed to make a couple gifts for friends (one belated) and I went to my box that holds UFOs, unmade kits, and orphan blocks.
I picked out some scrappy 9 patches from several years ago just waiting to be used. I went to my stash and pulled out this teacup fabric to border and back hot pads I thought would make good gifts.
Then I quilted with double batting and made them into pot holders. I'm not quite finished hand stitching the binding yet. I love that pinky red bias plaid from Barbara's fabric line several years old, again from the stash (when is she going to make another line of fabric anyway?). I looped some large rick rack in one corner so they could be hung up. Using up things on hand always makes me happy, especially when I can make something cute and practical.
I think they turned out nice for gifts. I have about 20-30 of those scrappy blocks left over so I potentially make lots of potholders. And they are fun to make because I can turn them out in a flash.
Whitney came over last week made a baby quilt (again from my stash) for a friend. I offered to quilt it for her and try out my new quilting gadget.
Its called the Supreme Slider. You can see its in place above on my sewing machine. It has that little hole for the needle. The underside is kind of a rubbery plastic that sticks to the machine table and the top is Teflon coated so the fabric moves better when you move the quilt around to stipple. I thought it was going to be a lot bigger and was kind of surprised at the size when I opened the package. But it really does the job. I still wore my gloves when I quilted but it made a huge difference in the ease of free motion quilting. I felt my stitches were more even and my shoulders didn't tire too much. The site that sells the slider has that 'lickity grip' product I may try, too.
So while I quilted the baby quilt I watched Ground Hog Day. Its probably my favorite movie. The first time I saw it at the theater I hated it. It was frustrating and I ended up like Phil Connors just wondering when he was going to get out of that day. The 2nd time I watched it I relaxed enough to discover the meaning of the movie and enjoy the cute humor and funny lines. Every time I watch it I laugh at the same parts and enjoy the movie more and more the older I get. I love the part where Phil and Rita are at dinner and she tells him she majored in 19th Century French Poetry and Phil says "What a waste of Time". So funny. That movie has so many great lines. And I love Bill Murray.
Anyway here is Whitney's quilt all ready for her to hand stitch the binding. It turned out very sweet. Its kind of a raspberry lemonade quilt.
Now I need to work on my Dear Jane blocks. I'm behind by 4 blocks but I think I can catch up fairly quickly. So off I go.