Friday, May 2, 2014

You may think I've fallen off

the face of the earth but it's only an optical illusion.

I have so much to do in such a little bit of time.

We traveled over spring break which came at a very bad time for work.  So, I've been working extra to catch up.  I have been home 2 weeks and I am still not there.  I think I'm making progress...or that's just an optical illusion too because the 'to do' list simply changes from day to day.  I feel like I've accomplished things but I am not positive if all the shifts are a net increase or decrease in the overall list.

Anyhow, the sewing goes on.

Does everyone have a 'go-to' pattern?  I know we all have go-to recipes but is the same true for a quilt or other crafty items?

Just Can't Cut It an All Washed Up pattern is my go to pattern.  I don't know how many times I've made this quilt.  It works up pretty quickly and is perfect the title says....a fabric you just can't cut.  

I've made 2 in recent weeks. 

The first was using a fabric with sailboats.

The quilting is a pattern that looks like a big splash of water.

This was for the Scholar's birthday so I made it with a flannel back so it would be a nice cozy quilt to wrap up in while watching TV or hanging out on the couch in the evening.

The second is a gift from the seniors (Buttercup is a senior) to their drama teacher.  Traditionally the seniors give him a gift at their year end banquet.  In the past few years there has been a quilt or two raffled as a fund raiser and he always buys lots of tickets and really hopes to win.  So this year I used some extra fabrics from the quilt that was raffled and made this quilt.  Shhhhh....he doesn't know.  The banquet is at the end of the month.

I used a variety of large squares...unlike the first one.  The spring musical was Phantom of the Opera.

The quilt pattern had music notes and symbols.

The backing was all the left over pieces with a center square of muslin so the kids could all sign it.

I especially liked how the quilting showed on the fabric with the same pattern.  (Apparently it's upside down!  It's just part of the backing and probably not noticeable...after all, I managed to make the entire thing and not notice until I was taking the picture.)

I can't wait until the banquet. 

I am plugging away at various other projects.  Somehow I've managed to have a crazy number of WIP's.  I took a bunch of classes last fall which lead to starting projects faster than I could finish them so I hope to remedy that this spring.

Happy Stitching.



  1. Wow! You rock! So do the quilts. Great jobs!

  2. I'm just now getting around to blog reading/commenting for the past week. I only work part time and just can't figure out where the hours go!! Looks like you've been very busy, Pam. Both of the quilts look great and what a wonderful gift for the drama teacher. It sounds like he will REALLY appreciate all of your hard work!