Mom, STOP reading NOW. Turn off the computer if you want to be SURPRISED. You know you do!
The colorwheel quilt is progressing thanks to so many wonderful suggestions of how to proceed. Look at that nice smooth outside edge. Jackie and a couple of others suggested the method of sewing on fusible interfacing, turning it and there you go...a lovely edge to hand applique. The center circle is done with Cheryl's tutorial on her blog Naptime Quilter. It's not perfect but that's not due to Cheryl's method. I didn't have a compass so I traced the bottom of a vase, so my freezer paper circle wasn't perfect, but the method worked great. I'm so excited to quilt this one. It's bigger than I wanted, so it will be harder to find a place for it in my tiny studio...but it will find a place.
Next, I forced myself (despite my painful neck and shoulders) to quilt and bind this table runner. I've been working on it for awhile. My mom's birthday is next week and it's for her, so I had to get it done. I still have the binding to hand stitch, but I can handle that in the next couple of days. She wanted a 20 x 20 square for the top of her round dining table and she wanted my houses. So here it is. I love that you can sit anywhere at the table and enjoy the houses right side up!
And look what arrived (after an unintended stop at the neighbors)! This is a little quilt from Kris of Quilted Simple. I won this in her bloggy birthday celebration. It's taken its place on a hanger on my windows in the hall. Kris and I first got to know each other when she signed up for a pay it forward on my blog. She is a farm mom, cook, crafter, quilter, chicken raiser, and a million other things. If you think I get a lot done in a day, you should check her out! Thanks Kris!
This little quilt is just one small example of the joy I get from having this blog and from having all of you visit and leave comments. With Thanksgiving around the corner I want to take a minute to say I'm thankful that I started blogging and that all of you have chosen to join me on my blog journey. I hope I have given you just a smidgen of the support and happiness you have given me. Thank you.
Edited to add: It would be so nice to respond to you, many of my new visitors have "no reply" comments. You might want to check and see if you are one of those folks.
I'm off to get a little more Bengay, some good drugs and pack for a trip to Chicago this weekend to see the hubby. Later!