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Canoe Country

I have been working hard on the quilting for a queen size quilt from the Canoe Country line by Moda.  I finished the quilt top about a year ago, but I wanted to give it as a gift while I was on vacation this past week, so I had to hurry up and quilt! 

Working on a queen size quilt in a  house trailer is a bit of a tight squeeze, but I made it work.

I chose to use mainly stippling throughout the quilt.

I was happy with how the quilting turned out.


It even looks neat from the back!

I had also made two throw pillow covers to match the quilt!

I took a few pictures of the full set at my house,

But the best effect comes when you get to see the quilt in its new home!

This quilt is just perfect for the cabin that it was made for. 

My aunt was so happy with her new quilt.  She was extremely surprised by the gift and I just loved seeing her reaction.  That's my favorite part, seeing reactions to a quilt I've just finished.  This is my aunt and I with her beautiful new Canoe Country…

The ups and downs of living in a travel trailer

Quilting on the road has its ups and downs.  Last week we had to be parked at a different lot from the rest of the show.  Because of that we used a smaller generator that wasn't able to handle as many electric appliances.  I was able to sew a little bit but did not complete any projects.  My biggest accomplishment was getting a quilt layed out that I had started almost two years ago. 

This queen size quilt is too large to lay out in my travel house trailer, so a friend of mine was kind enough to let me commandeer her apartment floor.

Her kitten, Charlie, tried to help a little too. 

Since I wasn't able to do very much sewing, the next best thing is to go fabric shopping!

At the great local quilt shop I picked up some great new fabrics! Almost all of them from the great designer Terri Degenkolb for Red Rooster Fabrics.



I got some great home dec prints.


Beautiful Christmas prints.
A great fall line.
And this great country Christmas panel. 

So, for having a week of low elec…

Evolution of a tote bag, continued

I had an entire day off yesterday that I was happily able to spend at my sewing machine!  I was able to complete 5 new bags yesterday to add to my inventory, and another 2 bags this morning. 

This pile of bag exteriors, handles, pockets, and linings


eventually became a beautiful crop off bags!

Florals, 

Peace and Paisley,

Plaids,

Junior bags using "Montecito" by Connecting Threads

Botanicals,

And some modern geometrics.

They each have their own different flair and I love them all!

Picking up the sewing momentum

I’ve wanted to get more sewing done lately.I feel like I haven’t been diligent enough at the sewing machine, even though you can see the work that I’ve done recently.Not to mention the mending for the guys that isn’t necessarily blog-worthy. But, with craft show quickly approaching this fall, and orders waiting, it was time to get to work.
I started with an order for a second extra-wide charm bag from the “Papillon” line from Moda.

The bag turned out beautiful once again!


And it also got an upgrade with some interior pockets.


The next project to the sewing machine was a skirt that my sister has been asking me to make for a few weeks now.

I left the top edge unfinished so that I can do her fitting tomorrow.I am most likely going to need to bring in the seams a touch and that should make the adjustments go more smoothly for me.
I think she’ll love it though!
With those practical orders out of the way it was time to start making a dent in the stacks of half-done bags that will be part of my inv…

4th of July Quilting

Happy 4th of July!

What better way for a quilter to celebrate the Fourth, than making star blocks!
I used some of my scraps from the Serenity Stars quilt

and came up with this cute little runner.


Sad to say, but I might like the runner better than the quilt!The design just turned out great.In this heat however, we’ve had to limit the appliances we use so unfortunately this isn’t fully pressed yet.
We ended the evening watching some fireworks over the lake.A very long, very nice fireworks show.I hope everyone else had an enjoyable Fourth as well! I enjoy reading your comments on my work, so thank you to those that have shared their thoughts.  Thanks! Happy quilting!