Thursday, July 5, 2012

It's Been So Long, I Almost Forgot How to Quilt

Well, okay, I exaggerate a bit. But I did start out with the wrong size needle--I was using a 90 and it was taking the batting back out with the bobbin thread. So I switched to a 75 and it was great, and then I went downstairs for dinner (the hubs made a fritata), and when I came back to the studio, the first thing I did was bend the needle...I have no idea how that happened. Anyhow, I managed to finish what I set out to do, which was quilt my sister's table runner that has been sitting in my studio for a couple (or maybe a few--hangs head in shame) months now.

My sister loves this table runner pattern and uses it all the time. It looks pretty good with the Jinny Beyer border fabric.

Next up:

I made this for my daughter 5 years ago, when she first started teaching. I wasn't a quilter then...I was just starting out. But I was pretty good at applique, having made that HGTV Strolling the Block monthly applique block quilt, and I saw this pattern and figured I'd give it a go. I even quilted clouds into the sky (I thought I was so darn clever, heh heh).

I should have had the foresight that my daughter would not be 'ms. entwistle' forever and not satin-stitched each of those letters to the background, but what's done is done, and now needs to be undone....she's 'mrs. reed' now.

I'm thinking I'm going to cut a panel of fabric, back it with a cotton batting (better to cover the existing background), and fuse/stitch it over top, and quilt around the letters to try to make it appear to be part of the piece rather than a patch.

Check back tomorrow and see how it turned out.

My work here is done.....just wanted to give you another opportunity to win the drawing (smile).

Sleep tight!


  1. Love the mini quilt you make for your daughter. :)

  2. You should have told her to keep her own name after you'd put in all that effort! How selfish! Ha ha ha x

  3. You couuld always keep that one for yourself - after all, you are Ms E too, and make her another one.

  4. Love your sister's table runner!

    I do not know if I could change Ms Entwistle's Room wall hanging - it is too adorable! I do believe I would make Mrs. Reed a new wall hanging for school. She could find a space to display the original in her home.

  5. Can hardly wait to see how Mrs. Reed's Reno will turn out. The original is absolutely adorable!

  6. It will be interesting to see how the new banner looks. Wish I had one when I was teaching. Here is my extra comment - my job here is done too! LOL Thanks for the hint on the Go! dies as need to remember the "sharpie wet hint" because .... I now have a baby GO! and my first die.

  7. You should be able to redo the top [art by adding a piece with her new name on it. Love the wall hanging.

  8. I love the table runner pattern too! What fun! And your school house is adorable.

  9. What a sweet idea. I'm adding it to my "To Do Someday" list.


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