Sunday, January 11, 2015

First post of the New Year

Really?  We're already going into the 3rd week of the New Year?  Where is the time going?  I really hope to blog more this year. Of course, I probably say that every year!

I am linking this post to Connie's Linky Tuesday.  Connie always has a project in progress and it's inspiring to see what she and other quilters have been up to in the past week.

I have been busy sewing. (I have even finished 2 spools of thread!). Every year on Black Friday, Bonnie Hunter (the Queen of Scrappy Quilts) treats all of her loyal subjects (her scrappy followers) to a free Mystery Quilt Pattern. Every week she post a lesson and within 5-6 weeks (if we keep up) we have a quilt top!  It is a lot of fun to watch the pieces all go together.   This year, I decided to go with my own colors and NOT make it scrappy. I am sew happy with the outcome.  I stitched the whole quilt on "Peachy", my 1950 black Featherweight. She did a great job!
She even added the borders!  What a workhorse!  I will need to treat her to a "spa" day with lots of oil and grease and a new needle!!
Next up, was the pressing. I LOVE my new pressing surface!

That's a lot of pressing to do. Took me over 2 hours!  I do press all my seams when I sew, but I wanted to do a final press after the top was completely finished so I could hang it on my new Quilt Rack that my son in law made for me. It is made with Purple Heart, my favorite wood!  Beautiful purple color!  This pic was taken at Christmas when he installed it for me. 
Here is the completed top. It will be on the quilt rack waiting to be quilted, hopefully this year!

....Sew till next time.......

9 comments:

Ramona said...

What a great quilt rack! Lovely gift. Your mystery quilt is lovely, too. Nicely done!

Myra said...

Your quilt is very pretty! Congrats on getting the top done on time.

Lara B. said...

Very pretty job with the mystery quilt Peggy! Ooftah! It must have been so much work!
LOVE the quilt rack - what a great son-in-law you have!

Rachel said...

Very pretty quilt rack and great quilts on the rack too! Cathedral windows are daunting. Great work! I have a little box made out of heart wood that I keep my (in use) sewing supplies in. It is a very pretty wood.

Podunk Pretties said...

Congrats on the quilt top finish! Love the ladder rack and that second quilt down from the top. Of course they are all beautiful but that one caught my eye!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

The colors you choose really look perfect and congrats on finishing your beautiful top! Isn't it fun to sew on vintage machines!

Yvonne said...

I absolutely love the fabrics you picked for this quilt Delightful. I'm swooning over your yellow fabric choice.

What a great pressing area! That must be a delight to use.

Great job!

LynCC said...

Oh!!! Gosh, your Grand Illusion is so beautiful! The colors work so perfectly in the shimmer design. And I'm always wanting to get a Cathedral Windows quilt started. . . Yours is just gorgeous. And I'm jealous of your quilt rack. :)

Rachaeldaisy said...

This years BH quilt is a real achievement with all those seams! I love the colours you made yours in. It's great that you used your featherweight. I got one for Christmas but haven't had time to use it. Your son in law is wonderful for building such a beautiful quilt rack. Such beautiful wood, it really does look purple.