I am finally, hopefully, mostly over a nasty cold that I've been fighting for more than a week now. I thought it was over on Wednesday, only to wake up Thursday feeling terrible again.
So, needless to say, I haven't gotten a lot done, but I do have some older quilts to show off...and one that I did finish this week.
Remember about two years ago when I was making quilts out of scraps for the Quilts for Kids charity? Well, those all got set aside after I learned where the first batch of quilts I'd donated went. I don't remember exactly, and they did go to kids, but it wasn't kids in hospitals as I'd been told. With joining the local quilt guild, I again have a place to donate quilts that I know, more or less, where they're going, so I got them out again and decided to get going on finishing.
Two weeks ago I quilted this one (which I showed you and then neglected to take a photo with the binding on):
This one will be donated to the local VA hospital.
Then on Wednesday when I was feeling better, this one was quilted and bound:
Of course, no photo was taken before it was donated, but you get the idea. This one is going to the local domestic abuse and homeless shelter. But it's a good thing I did it all on Wednesday, since Thursday I had a relapse!
And while I was looking for smaller pieces of batting and sorting through things, I found these quilts - already done and ready to go:
This one is even worse - I don't even have a photo if it put together! Oh well. Once again, you get the idea. This pattern is from the Moda Bake Shop, called Eli's Wheels.
And finally this one:
At least this one is quilted, if not bound in the photo...
These last two will also go to the local VA hospital, as they are a little larger. If they aren't big enough for wheelchair or lap quilts, we'll re-route them to the shelter here in town.
There are still 8 quilts in line to be quilted, but I've done 7 and that makes me pretty happy. I should be working on one today, but after a few nights of coughing fits, my back is rather sore and all the bending and moving and whatnot involved in quilting is difficult. So I've taken a weekend off.
I've also been working on a new project for me. Last year, for my birthday, my sister-in-law bought me the "Merry Merry Snowmen" pattern by Bunny Hill. This year at the AQS show, her booth sat across from a shop displaying the finished quilt and she mentioned that she might like to make it, too. My mom shared an interest as well, so I decided we should do it together as a block of the month. I'll be sharing my patterns with them and, if all goes according to plan, we'll all have a finished top by July of next year - plenty of time to get it quilted for next winter, right?
But I decided I should work a month ahead. Not that I think the pattern will have any flaws or anything - I'm just excited! So yesterday I finished block #1:
If you clicked on the link, you'll realize mine is a little different...like more...purple?! I love purple, and all of these fabrics are from my stash, so what can I say? I'm a little worried I'm going end up hating it because it's not red, but I'm committed at this point!
(And yes, that peeking snowman does not have eyes. They'll be done with buttons, so I'll be sewing those on after it's quilted. And when I get them...)
Later this week I plan to give a baby quilt for a little one due very soon, so I'll have another finished quilt (this time I promise to take a photo of the actual, finished quilt...) to share next weekend.