Monday, March 19, 2012

Sewing Over the Weekend

Last week Friday was the first time that our 'locals' who attended the February quilt retreat were together.  We compared notes about our various progress (or lack thereof) on the Twisted Bargello we were working on.

I didn't have my camera so I don't yet have pictures of the others' quilts but Amy and Nancy got their tops to the point of needing borders!  Amy of course is a project person and classic over-achiever, and did a queen sized bed quilt while the rest of us are doing wall hangings, and Nancy loves to finish things!

Zel has hers about as far as I do... and Sharon's not telling.

My strip sets are complete, and all the cutting is done.  They are in plastic baggies, waiting for the next time I have a sewing session.

This is my spectrum, laid out by color and intensity, starting with number 1 on the left and going to 20 on the right.  The colors are great!  They're sewn into sections of four and sub cut. 

I pinned the sections on my design board, and I'm just loving looking at them.  Maybe this will inspire a sewing session sometime soon!  Zel, Sharon and I should try to sneak in an extra sewing session to catch up. 

This is not a standard bargello where you just sew the strip sets together.  There is movement and color change giving it a "TWIST" in the middle.  The finished project is lovely, so it's back to work!!

Other things I've been doing include our church quilting group's monthly meeting.  The group has made a number of quilts since January.  We chose to sew patterns with half square triangles in them this quarter.  We make quilts to give to each child baptized in our church.  And we have had a lot of baptisms this year, including three sets of twins!!  I'm in charge of choosing color combinations from our stash of fabric and cutting up kits.  I think I pressed out about 50 yards of fabric in my basement in March...

This isn't what I pressed but it feels like about the same amount of yardage!!

We also sent many charity quilts out, the most recent being 5 to the mission in Ysletta, Mexico.  More will go to Lutheran Womens' Missionary League this summer, and we'll send some on whatever mission trip our congregation goes on this summer.  So we have been busy!

Sewing for someone else, especially to fill a need, is so very satisfying.  Even if you consider yourself a beginner, you can find some project to work on.  Project Linus, Quilts of Valor, LWML, homeless shelters, almost anywhere you look you can find someone who needs what you do.  Or go to the nearest senior home or nursing home and do some mending for the residents.  You'll feel good and be doing a good thing.  Everyone benefits!

Sew on...

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