In addition to the Bonnie and Camille ornament swap on Instagram I also participated in a Bonnie and Camille Dream Mini Quilt swap as well. Here is my finished quilt for my swap buddy. It finishes at roughly 12x12.
I backed it in a piece of Bliss fabric that I had but wasn't in love with. Hopefully my swap buddy loved it and all the time that went into hand piecing this mini.
I joined a Bonnie and Camille fabric Christmas ornament swap on Instagram. Only rules were that you had to use Bonnie and Camille fabrics and there are no extras in the packages...only the ornaments.
I made two state ornaments with little hearts for my buddy's hometowns and a mitten for my other swap buddy because Massachusetts was just too hard to cut out. I'm sticking these in the mail on Monday.
I finished a little knitted star ornament this morning using this free pattern. I am not good at double pointed needle knitting so I knit these straight and then sew them up. I made two stars and sew them together, right sides, and add a little loop. You can't tell from the photo but this is sparkly yarn. I will be attaching this to a Christmas gift.
I also finished up a table runner for my husband's grandma. I received a free mini charm pack of Avalon with a quilt kit that I purchased. While I think the fabric is pretty it is not my style. I had purchased a pattern that uses mini charms and was able to find yardage on Etsy for the backing.
My sewing time has been very limited as we have spent lots of time with my Dad. He was making cognitive strides in rehab but wasn't making physical gains. He was supposed to get "kicked out" of rehab and ended up with a UTI. They did a CT scan of his bladder and kidneys and caught his pelvis at the same time. The poor guy has been suffering with a broken hip for the last four weeks!! The initial doctor's missed the broken hip after he had his seizure...no wonder he wasn't making physical improvements. He had a hip replacement Monday evening and is now slowly recovering.
I needed a quick and mindless project (and some retail therapy) so I headed to my local quilt store and picked up the fabric and pattern for this super quick and easy table runner. I ended up ordering some fabric to make another one using a mini charm pack I have of Avalon.
I needed quick and easy because things are crazy and chaotic over here...back to school, two children on the competition dance team, work and my Dad.
Last Saturday morning (more like middle of the night) he had a seizure and when he fell he hit his head. He was rushed to the hospital via ambulance before he was stabilized and transported our home town. He had been at the cottage with my Mom.
They completed another MRI and I'm happy to tell you that there are no tumors. They suspect radiation damage. Due to the head trauma he has some fluid and blood around the brain space that is taking its sweet time getting re absorbed. He is now in acute brain rehabilitation to learn to perform normal life activities again. I know I've said it before but I hate brain cancer. Please keep my Dad in your thoughts and prayers...that he has a quick recovery and is able to come back home.
I received my finished Swoon quilt from the quilter back at the beginning of August and wanted to wait to post finished photos until it went to its new home.
I delivered the quilt to the newly married couple last week. These photos were taken the morning we left for California.
The quilting is a snowflake pattern with swirls that plays really well off the background fabric that is filled with snowflakes. There is a nice layer of wool batting to keep the new couple nice and toasty around Christmas.
Some close-ups of the quilting.
I love this backing...and I love this quilt...so much so that I have the supplies to make myself one. The blocks will be different combinations but it will be the same fabric line and I am so very excited about this! I had a really hard time giving this one up because I love it so much!