Monday, October 29, 2012

I'm Awake

It's pretty amazing. I think I was a combination of jet lagged and sick that knocked me down for so long after this trip. Possibly the African Sleeping Sickness, if there is such a thing.
I missed sewing though so I did manage to pull out the strips from the guild swap and make a version of the quilt that is on the back (or front I suppose) of my handy quilt size guide from Pink Chalk Fabric.

The top is finished and guarded well. It is an odd size though, wide but not long. I guess I can only use one size of the guide at a time.

I also started trimming the Spawn. These are the corners that are cut off this quilt. Which is now a finished top.
So from this stack...

To this pile...

To this...

You may not see a huge difference but sewing them together is like butter. Or eggplant because I prefer that over butter.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Give a Little Back

I am trying to give a little back when I travel these days. While visiting Hawaii I donated this one  to foster children through a quilt shop in Hawaii.

So the Saturday before I left for Turkey, I started a new project. Based on the backing fabric, I pulled a few fabrics and whipped up a zig zag quilt using a tutorial from crazymomquilts. I got the quilting done the Tuesday before I left (aka late the night before I flew out) so just had the binding and label to attach along the way. It's nice to have a little handwork to do on flights.

I finished the binding on the boat near Demre.

Resting on our hotel room porch in Cappadocia. The hotel owner promised to take it to the local children's charity for me.

With guild label attached so they would know how far it traveled.

This is some of the quilting detail. I left the colorful zigs mostly blank, just stitched near the seams. I alternated this swirl in the blue zags.

Extra bonus? The space it takes up in the suitcase on the way there can be used for bringing home gifts or fabric :)