Wednesday, September 29, 2010


September is practically gone, hard to believe how fast time is flying by. In some ways we were greatful that this month went by quickly, although I wish I had gotten more quilting done. I was forced to be a single parent for a little over 3 weeks, as my husband had to go to Iraq with several others from his office. We appreciated the fact that it was only 3 weeks instead of a year or more like so many others must do, but we were not happy with the fact that he was out and about visiting various locations while he was there. He arrived safely home Monday night so we are all so happy and relieved! I finished two more cell phone cases from the 2 fat quarters I had quilted, plus I made 2 water bottle identifiers. I have just enough scraps left to make a little credit card holder, but got side tracked before I could finish it. My Niece's friends held a make up baby shower for her, but I could not attend as the children are in school and she is 10 hrs away. I made a black, white & red "play" quilt for Gus, and a simple little jungle print batik quilt for him. I used soft minke-like fabric on the back of both of them. I didn't use batting for the jungle/batik one, so it is lightweight and supple. I doubled 3 oz poly for the play quilt, so it is very, very thick, it's more for him to lay on, and later play on, not so much to use for cover. My husband took the camera to Iraq, so I took photos of the play quilt with my phone. I had quilted two quilts for my Gram, that she made for Gus, and I was in such a hurry to send them off that I forgot to take a photo of the Jungle quilt, as I sent it along with Gram's quilts. I did not make any Christmas presents this month, that makes two months in a row, so now I am falling behind in that ! I sewed together 4 backings and 2 bindings for Quilts of Valor but I need to start longarming some more of those. I have a lot of that to do too! BTW, the play quilt is my own design, and it was a kind of "make it up as you go along" type of thing, it was a lot of fun to make, I tried different techniques, and thought of new ideas as I went along. I have 4 more of these cut out, but with slight variations, I am going to make 1 for each of my children - well then, I guess for my future grandchildren, in case my hands are too useless when that time comes. I used fabrics from my stash, except for the red square and binding I had purchased while at my grams this summer. Boy is my stash count, In and Out way off, it's going to take me a day to figure that out! Let's just hope October is more productive!