Monday, October 26, 2009

Trouble, trouble...brew and bubble!

Five more days to Hallowe'en. I haven't had much of a chance to catch up here; I seem to always be rushing here or there. Maybe it's because Liza and Madeleine now live here... maybe it's because I just have too much on my mind but it's taking me a long time to get my BOM quilt finished. I think the last time I worked on it was in August so I have to do September still - 12 blocks - to be ready to start on October's.

In my defense, I have completed two Christmas wallhanging quilts... one for myself and one for my dd, Cheryl. Liza offered to quilt Cheryl's so at least only the binding will have to be done when I get it back... and it's going to be a foldover binding, from the back to the front and hand-stitched down. Easy-peasy! The quilt I made for Cheryl is in the McCall's Quilting magazine for November/December.  This picture does not show the sashing on the sides and top of the quilt but I'll post another picture when I get the quilt back.  It was fun to paper-piece the trees in different colors.

Of course, Jaik himself had to help out on the quilts... it wouldn't be a quilt from me if it didn't have some black cat hair on it.  Jaik is a master at determining the exact right time to plunk himself down on what I'm working on... in this case, the sashing.

The other quilt I worked on and have almost finished is 'this one' - a Two-Kitty quilt wallhanging.  Yes, I have two black tuxedo cats, Jaik and Jules, so when I saw the pattern (in what book I don't know), I knew I had to make it.  When I find the book the pattern was in, I'll edit this post; it's a very cute quilt.  I used silver thread to machine-quilt stars and circles in the 'sky' and in curvy lines for the 'snow on the ground'.  It's very subtle.  Then I used a red sparkle thread to stitch 3 straight lines around the border.

I think it turned out quite well considering that I'm not a connoisseur of cute Christmas quilts.  Before I hang it, I will add the kitties button eyes and some embroidered whiskers.  That should do it!