Sunday, April 19, 2009

Vogue 8553


I had the last week out of the office while my husband, son and I had a little 'stay-cation'. It was nice to be home without a lot of commitments, and we were able to spend some time getting caught up on some things around the house, and I got to spend some time in my sewing room. This gave me the chance to cut out and sew Vogue 8553 out of fabric that I picked up a couple of weeks ago on my visit to Chicago. This is a lovely, drapey knit from Vogue Fabrics that was a pleasure to sew with, and although I don't usually wear grey (I think it makes me look washed out), I loved the print and can see it worn with a yellow or  green sweater. This may be the dress I'll wear to my youngest's graduation from high school next month....we'll see!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Scrappy 9 patch with rails


My most recent finished project is this scrappy 9 patch with rails that I put together to demo to my local quilt guild. I made it as an example of how to use 2 1/2 inch strips, which we swapped a couple of years ago. It is a quick top to piece, and I machine-quilted it with a diagonal cross-hatch through the blocks, with large quilted diamonds in the border. It went together so easy and fast that I made a second one a couple of weekends ago when I spent the weekend sewing with my friend Barb. That quilt top is in blues and white, and will be donated to the Project Graduation committee to raffle off to the graduated high school seniors at their all-night party. The white bars will give ample space for the kids to sign their names, and will be a nice memory for the lucky winner :-)