Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer sewing

Summer means kids' camps, which require sleeping bags, which are unwieldy to lug around. Happily, someone else agrees and created a free pattern (find it here) for these:

They are very roomy, so any sleeping bag should fit even if you're not very good at rolling it into a small enough roll to fit in the original bag it came in. As it turns out my kids' sleeping bag rolling skills are much better than I thought, so they can fit pillows in their bags as well. My son happily took his to Scout camp last week and my daughter went off to Girl Scout camp with hers yesterday. No prizes for guessing whose is whose - I think the fabric prints give it away!
I haven't finished any quilting projects. I was sucked into a few good books instead, cutting into quilting time. There are worse fates :). I hadn't enjoyed a good uninterrupted read in quite a while. My husband and I also indulged in a movie watching spree, also something we hadn't done in a long time. In the space of 2 weeks we ran through the 3 Pirates of the Caribbean movies (very unsatisfying ending, by the way!), and all three Lord of The Rings installments.

Back to quilting. I said I hadn't finished anything, but I did make some progress on several different things. I hoped to have a picture of a finished runner and place mats set instead of just the peek at right, but my beautiful machine is acting up. It is making awful banging sounds when I try to free motion quilt, and messing up the bottom thread half the time. Very frustrating. I'm taking it in to the store on Saturday so they can either show me what I'm doing wrong or fix the machine, whichever is needed. Of course, this little delay cropped up precisely because I have a deadline on this particular project!

My mom's table runner and place mats have a few more seams in them, and I've been to the quilt shop for border and backing fabric for them.

Last but certainly not least, I've made progress on my swap quilt. Ta da!

It still needs borders. I've decided not to add an inner border after all. I'll just add borders of the same fabric as the setting triangles so that the center appears to float. I also plan to add a prairie point edging in the same fabric. That's the plan for now, at least. It may change by the time I get around to finishing!
I hope you are all having a great summer (or winter if you are down in the other hemisphere...)I haven't been keeping up with all of you very well. My attendance online has been a little spotty and will continue to be for the next month or so as I enjoy the season.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Going into summer

I've been absent from blog land the last couple of weeks. I've been otherwise occupied with end of year school field trips (3 all-day ones in in a little more than a week), puttering in the garden before the heavy heat sets in, stacks of Girl Scout paperwork, my mom's visit...

There has a been a tiny bit of quilting happening. I dragged mom to the local quilt shop and while it seems I won't turn her into a quilter, she had no trouble browsing fabric. She chose a lovely fat quarter bundle which I am turning into a set of placemats and table runner.

The placemats in the picture don't actually have any sewn seams yet, but I was playing with colour layout so I went ahead and took pictures. There will be a wider border in a darker print all around the runner, with matching strips on each side of each placemat. The pattern for the table runner is "Shades of the Season" by Gayle Camargo, free on the Robert Kaufman Fabrics website.