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As of this writing, there are 232 bloggers with quilts up over at Amy’s Creative Side. Amy hosts this virtual quilt show in conjunction with Spring and Fall Market, and it’s always so much fun to look at all the beautiful quilts that people share.

Today, I’m going to share with you the very first quilt I made back around 1998. A friend of mine was having her 3rd baby, her first girl, and I wanted to make something special and girly for her. I had no idea what I was doing, but I’d been sewing since I was 10, so figured I could handle a quilt! I had seen a quilt in, I think, a pink ribbon/breast cancer awareness fundraising quilt book, but was not able to find the book again, so I went from memory. I gathered a bunch of pink fabrics and proceeded to cut a whole bunch of 2″ squares. I know…what was I thinking? I laid the squares out on my living room floor. And, just when it was perfect, my big old tom cat, Hercules, came charging right through the middle of it! Grrrrrrr!!! Back to the drawing board, so to speak.

I knew nothing about free motion quilting at that time, either, so I hand-tied the quilt. At the intersection of each little square! And, I’m pretty sure the binding was the back of the quilt wrapped around to the front. Something I would never do today! It wasn’t a perfect piece of work by any stretch of the imagination, but it was cute!

Unfortunately, my friends had a house fire a few years ago (no one was home, so no one was hurt!) and I’m fairly certain that this little quilt did not survive.

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Quilting the big churn dash quilt…I’m on the 3rd of 4 blocks

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve updated my blog! To the 2 or 3 of you who read, I’m so sorry. I’ve been a baaaaaad sewist, but it’s time to get back in the saddle.

First of all, I’d like to show you the little Halloween decoration I put together. If you frequent the blogosphere, or Pinterest, you may have noticed the Subway Art trend. I don’t really know why it’s called Subway Art…but it is kind of fun. So, I powered up Photoshop Elements, made a visit to DaFont, for some Halloween-y fonts and clip art, and away I went. I printed a background from ScrapbookScrapbook, printed my words on vellum and layered them in an inexpensive white frame from Target. Yay! And, very cute, if I do say so myself. Here is how my project turned out.

And, I’m doing a little sewing, too. Well, a little sewing and a little unsewing. I made the quilt sandwich on Saturday and started quilting on Sunday. Unfortunately, I had a little fold in the quilt back, so had to undo about an 8 inch square section. But, I’m ready to get back to it tomorrow night.

See?

This is the biggest quilt I’ve ever quilted on my home machine…it’s about 70×70. And, I’m trying to get it finished by the 2nd weekend in November, so I can deliver it in person to my friend, Mary.

And, finally, if you’re looking for some holiday sew-alongs, head over to Sew Mama Sew. There are 3 sew-along projects to choose from. I’m leaning heavily to Happy Zombie’s Christmas Tree Pants.


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