Friday, August 31, 2007

Home Again, Home Again

Whew - back home again. Why does one week away from home equal 3 weeks of catching up? DH and I spent 8 days in Florida, north of Tampa, and visited my Mom, 92. Mom is about as we expected her to be.

I will never catch up on all your blogs!!!

I took a small sewing machine with me, as carry-on luggage, and managed to piece another quilt for my niece's adopted-to-be twin girls, who are about 9 months old now.

Incidentally, my little Janome Platinum sewing machine weighs 12 lbs, but if you take one with you as Carry-On, by all means put it on wheels. Twelve pounds starts to get very heavy very quickly. I kept it in a small wheeled cart purchased from K-Mart, (under $20.00) with a little extra room for my camera. I stored needles and sharp things in my checked luggage. The Security people had a laugh when they figured out what the thing was - I had the feeling they had not seen a sewing machine in their X-Ray (or whatever) machines.

This is Quilt #1, all finished and quilted. The gold stars barely show, compared to the bright red chain. The characters are Noah-like, each character cuter than the next. I DID use a creamy yellow rayon to quilt it, as many of you suggested. The red border was quilted with red thread, and I managed to leave pokies galore on the light backing. There was NO solution despite numerous tension adjustments, so I just gave up and figured a baby will not care. I made the blue plaid side borders wider to give it more size.

Here is Quilt #2, an entirely different color scheme, complete with one humility block that is going to stay as is! These characters are from "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" nursery rhyme. It needs to be sandwiched and quilted. Actually, the quilting only takes several hours. I expect to do it in loopy loops, just to keep it simple, and GET IT DONE!

And here is the Old Woman, with angel wings as she must be dead, after swallowing the horse, of course, and she has on little bunny slippers! LOL In another version of her, she has bunny slippers on, and the bunny slippers are wearing sunglasses! LOL


I will take these both to Show and Tell and next Guild Meeting, then mail them off. Can't wait to show you my NEXT project, partially started!

I have not forgotten obligations to several bloggers who have kindly mentioned me in their blog - be patient -- I've been busy! And a special THANK YOU to May Britt, who sent me something that is unfindable in the U.S. Now, if I could just figure how to actually retire, and still keep that income, I'd have time for MORE sewing!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, Girl - you've been productive! Great little quilts.

May Britt said...

I know small sewingmachines can be very heavy when carrying them on airports :) Enjoy the little angels I sent you.

joyce said...

Both quilts are cute but I like the second best. little girls will love the fabric with the old woman.

Angie said...

Those are adorable, Elaine!! Glad you had a good trip, and made it home safely. :D

Sweet P said...

What adorable quilts. You have been productive. I haven't taken my sewing machine on a plane yet. Maybe one of these days I will.

Yvonne said...

Welcome home! Both quilts are so adorable....looking forward to your next project.

Joanne said...

I love both these quilts. How adorable they are.

meggie said...

Welcome back! Glad you managed to still get some sewing done. Love both those quilts, they are lovely.

sMC said...

welcome home, I have missed you. As usual you continue to inspire. Goodness knows what you will be up to when you actually retire.

Jeanne said...

Two great finishes - both quilts are adorable! Glad you are back home.

YankeeQuilter said...

Those are some happy quilts! Non-quilters/sewers just don't understand the bond between a woman and her machine...I'm sure the security folks were chuckling about that for quite awhile.

Beth said...

Did you have to remove the needle to take it on the plane? We will be going to Central CA early Nov and I 'm thinking of taking my Featherweight. My husband will raise his eyebrows!

Su Bee said...

Welcome back! 3 weeks to catch up sounds about right - two days catchup for each day gone, heh?. Love how those quilts came out -- and the old woman eating a horse cracks me up!!

Rose Marie said...

What fun fabrics you used! Both quilts are sweet.

Cheryl said...

Elaine-I wish you had a picture of your spider web quilt! I love to see patterns done up in different fabrics/themes.

Your two new quilts are adorable! I love the "Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" one! Again, that same pattern completely different looks. Well done!
I cannot wait to see what you new project is!

KimT said...

your quilts are lovely!

Finn said...

Neat quilts Elaine! Love the fun fabrics...and two quilts for one family is a big undertaking. Hope you had a good time while on vacation. Hugs, Finn

Jeri said...

Your quilts are great! Thanks for the pointer about the Tri-Recs and the 60-degree triangle rulers.