Saturday, March 5, 2011

Saturday's project

I signed up to take a "Quilted Holiday Table Runners" class a while back from Continuing Education. It was supposed to be in February, then they bumped it back to March. I was about the only person there. There were two others besides the teacher, but it was the person from Continuing Education who sends out the the information on them, and her married daughter. But the daughter, Sammie, (who was actually one of Nick's HS classmates) was new to quilting, too.

It was "strip quilting", which I had done once before about 30 years ago. Yeah, when Gail was about not QUITE 30 years....EGADS!!! Where does the time go?????

Anyway, most folks going to a quilting class would go the fabric store and purchase new and coordinating fabrics in a holiday print. Not this cheap...ahem...frugal gal. I went foraging through my stash of fabric. [Tandy, be sure to remind Lexi that I HAVE to show her my fabric collection when she's here later this month! We keep forgetting.] My idea of quilting is to be like my grandmothers on both sides of my family and use fabric scraps to make something useful or pretty. Preferably both useful AND pretty. But I couldn't decide what holiday colors or themes, so I called on my color/design talented daughter to help me out. I brought a full laundry basket to her apartment late one night to help me pick something from among the many choices. It's so amazing to see how her brain just clicks into gear when it comes to colors and designs. Truly amazing. My brain grinds to a painful halt while hers whirs into high speed and she says, "Well, you could do this and this and this...or that and that and that..." etc. Truly a talent. So we selected a "Spring" theme and it can stay on my table for a long number of months. February, March, April, May, June. Till about the 4th of July, I'd think. Then I'll put out some flags.

I had to take one from above, too, so one can see that it is truly semetrical. I don't know if I'll do any more, but it was fun to sit down and do some sewing for myself. I hadn't done much in a very long time. I actually made 2 baby blankets and two burp cloths last week, too! It's amazing what I can do with a little time off from work. I have been spending some productive time at home in the mornings, trying to use-it-or-lose-it with my plethora of unused annual leave hours before July 1.

Truth be told, I made a table runner to inspire me to clean off the kitchen table. It worked for as long as it took to take the photograph. We'll see how long it lasts. ha.

Besides the quilting workshop, I also attended a baptism for a little Primary boy that I teach, and a wedding reception. That's it. Three main events, one day. Now I have to get my lesson ready for tomorrow. I'm tellin' ya, I truly think teaching Primary is harder than teaching Gospel Doctrine!


Suzanne said...

Well, aren't you just the fancy and talented one! Nice going!

Hali said...

Very nice!