The name for this quilt is "Heart and Home". I pieced this quilt at Sewing on the River, a retreat at a local environmental camp in January. After I completed piecing it, I realized it will be perfect for our guild challenge which is supposed to feature two things that go together. What better things than Heart and Home?
Yesterday, I shared a book of baby quilt patterns with a friend and that made me look back at the photos of the quilt I made from the book in November 2012. The quilt I made was a cute puppy dog quilt for a special baby, my great-nephew Tucker. Tucker is my 4th "great" and with each one I try to make their baby quilt extra special. And each new quilt is my favorite! I think it is natural for quilters to try to outdo their past creations each time they start a new project and I have definitely improved in my abilities over the years and my willingness to try any project. Baby quilts are the most fun, especially when they are as cute as the puppy dog quilt I made for Tucker. The name of the book is "Little Quilts 4 Little Kids" by Heather Mulder Peterson and it is full of cute patterns.
When I stated in my last post that I would not post for a few days, I had no idea it would take me this long! I am retired now and have more time to devote to blogging. I hope to use my blog as a record of my activities and a way to keep my friends posted on my activities, as well. My last day of work was December 31st and I spent most of January traveling with my husband and participating in quilt retreats. I have set several goals recently, but one of them is to complete the quilts I have started and never completed. The photo in this post is one of those projects. It was started a few years ago, but I got uncomfortable with it when I came to all the applique'. I just completed the binding yesterday and I am so proud to have it finished. It is flannel and such a soft comfortable quilt. Hopefully I will be posting another one very soon.
Well, what do you think? I am mostly packed for a 4 day quilt retreat and another night at my son's house. I still don't have my clothes packed. I always pack my sewing supplies - the most important things first. Yes, you do see part of my chair and I am taking a lot of "stuff" I cleaned out of my sewing room to pass on to someone else. And thank goodness, I do not have to sleep on the air mattress all 4 nights, just the one night in my son's newly rented house with no furniture moved in yet. I am still contemplating a motel room for that night. The problem is I have a friend who is planning to ride with me. Mike says no way will we be able to fit her in! And I say sure, we have done it before. We will know tomorrow morning!
I won't be posting for a few days. We will be at a 4-H camp with no Internet service, but I will try to give a report when I get home with pictures of completed projects. Off for a week with another 100 quilters and loads of fun!
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take another class with Bonnie Hunter yesterday and loved it! She is such a fun and talented teacher. I had taken a class with Bonnie in the spring at the Pigeon Forge Quilt Show, but this one was even more fun, probably because I was surrounded by my friends. The quilt we made (or got a good start on) is called Pineapple Blossom and is a free pattern on Bonnie's website. It was such a fun quilt to make that I spent all day in the class and then worked on it until about midnight last night. I am posting a picture of me with Bonnie and Bonnie's Pineapple Blossom quilt in the background.