I haven't really had much new to write lately. I finished Jacob's Ladder and labeled it (and washed it twice). I finished the Spanish Treasure top and it is ready to go to Laura at Star City Stitchery. I'll post photos after it comes back and is all quilted and bound. I've picked up Dragonfly Summer, the hand appliqué project, in slow times.
This past weekend, my Honey's daughters came for the Easter holiday. On Friday night, sleepover plans for my 9 (almost 10)-year-old stepdaughter fell through so I said she could hang out with me. I wondered if she wanted to revisit this:
So we had an entire Friday evening and SD said she wanted to make a quilt. A quilt? Hm. What kind of quilt? She didn't know. Did she want to hand sew or use a machine? Didn't know. I was worried, given her age, that if something wasn't fun or rewarding enough early in the process, she would give up on the entire concept ... not just the quilt project, but sewing altogether. So I pulled out a cheapo purple kids' sewing machine my late MIL bought for her granddaughters years ago and got it all set up for SD. I wasn't going to mess with the idea of seam allowances and so I thought foundation piecing might be the way to go. I grabbed a nearby edition of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks and flipped to a foundation pieced pattern that could be broken into simple segments. I made four copies of a diamond-in-a-square pattern and taught her how to lay out fabrics on top to see if they'd be big enough. She had fun doing this while we put "The Princess Bride" on the TV.
My stepdaughter is notoriously camera shy so I didn't take any photos during the process, but she said I could post pictures of her work to the blog. I got the fabrics lined up on the paper, put them under the needle, she sewed on the line, I pressed and trimmed and placed the next piece. The cheapo kids' machine was too troublesome to work with so I put it away and put Baron von Quilthausen, the Bernina, in action. Even at half speed she liked pressing the pedal to the metal so the Baron was still kind to her work.
As for my own work, this is what I have stacked up right now:
After that I need to take some time to do some non-quilting and even non-sewing work for a while. I might still post some pictures if they relate to sewing or craftiness in general from time to time.