Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Had a Fun Sewing Weekend!

My friend Terry Wojciehowski drove out from Ridgecrest last Friday morning and we had a sewing weekend! She was making a quilt for a grandchild and I was working on a couple of things that I had started, including the Posey Patch quilt that I have shown on the blog.

Once we got going, things got a bit messy.....we set up on my kitchen table with machines, laptops, fabric, pins and thread.

Terry brought her brand new Viking Designer Diamond Deluxe, her SewEzi table and a cushion for her chair. Good thing, because she spent quite a few hours there!

She brought a lot of stuff! My husband thought she was planning to move in....

The blocks for her grandson's quilt -- definitely a boy's quilt!

By the end of the weekend, Terry had all of the blocks done and joined in rows; she'd also been shopping at Bolts in the Bathtub, my local quilt shop, for border fabrics.

I bought these coordinating fabrics at Bolts in the Bathtub two or three years ago and had cut out and started sewing some blocks at a retreat last year. The pattern is called "Savannah on my Mind" by Sandy Boobar and Sue Harvey of Pine Tree Country Quilts. It was printed in the June/July 2011 issue of Quilt magazine.

These are my completed blocks; I still had a couple of prints in the line that I hadn't used.

Decided on the large floral for the alternating blocks and saved the other for the final border.

Laying out the blocks on the fabric helped make my decision; unfortunately for the picture, there was lots of sunshine coming in one of my windows! It was a typical Southern California winter day -- almost 70 degrees!

The alternating blocks, setting triangles and corner triangles ready to be sewn.

Terry made a really good suggestion: Since the setting and corner triangles were cut from a directional print, she thought I might arrange them so that the leaves seemed to flow down the sides of the quilt.

I also got the Posey Patch blocks sewn together and 52 flying geese blocks made and pieced for the border. So that's ready to go for this week's sewing. I have a couple of days to sew this week; I'm leaving Thursday for Ridgecrest to take a couple of workshops with Cindy Needham -- very excited about that!

And, of course, I cooked some very good stuff and we finished a couple (well, maybe a few) bottles of red wine -- all in all, a most enjoyable weekend!

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