Thursday, January 26, 2012

January quilting projects

To start off the new year, I began 2 new quilting projects.  One of my girlfriends recently became a grandma (no, I don't feel that old!).  For her birthday I had given her a "gift certificate" for a tote bag that she could choose, and I would make.  So she chose that her bag would be baby-themed and it would become her grandma bag.  Although we shopped for the fabric a couple of months ago, I finally got it started over the New Year's weekend and now it is almost finished.   I hope she'll love it!  It is definitely large enough to hold all the toys and goodies that a grandma could want.  Here's the beginnings of it:

The next project for January is a quilt out of batik fabric that we are going to keep at home instead of giving away.  One of the ladies from my local quilt shop's group has made 3 of these (one for each son) in the same pattern and so she finally taught a class that I took a couple of weekends ago.  Here is the beginning of that quilt.  I just love these beautiful colors:

So I have my work cut out for me for the next few weeks!  And just yesterday I purchased some lovely Civil War reproduction fabric to make yet another new quilt.  2012 is going to be busy!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New year, new post.

It is now the new year - welcome 2012.  Our Christmas was a very fulfilling time with lots of family present for Christmas dinner (at my folks' place) with 13 people in all.  My dad enjoyed his gift of a new board game "Ticket to Ride" and my mother loved her quilt!  It was a total surprise as I had managed to keep it a secret from her for all those months.

For this long weekend, I'm looking forward to a girls' day where we will be having brunch and then seeing a movie.  We have a Parisiene theme and it should be a really fun time. The next day I attend a quilt class and start on my next quilting project, which is one that I will be keeping for myself instead of giving away.  Currently I'm in the middle of making a "grandma bag" for one of my girlfriends that is turning out really cute.

Here is my mother's quilt:

And here's the new board game (photo off internet) :