Thursday, February 28, 2013

Veering off-course....and February is over!

February has gotten away from me entirely as far as blogging but I have been quilt-involved in a number of ways.
Here's a brief report on the month with a promise to post more in March (how could I do worse?)

A couple of fun gifts got finished and delivered. For all my goals and priorities I admit that I quite often push all of that all to the back of my mind and proceed with something new when the spirit moves me.

First, another doll quilt. My dear friend, Laurel,  mentioned to me around the past holidays that she had  purchased a doll some time ago. She was shopping on her birthday when she came upon this beautiful doll...and her name was Laurel, too! She had to bring her home. She told me she had bought her a new outfit; jeans and a sweater and I asked her to send me a photo.

That's when I had a light-bulb moment. I knew I had to make a doll quilt for her.

58" x 68"
You may recall that I made Laurel a quilt when she retired (see this post) and thought it would be fun to make a small, related version for 'little' Laurel.

I used many of the same fabrics and simplified the border.

19" x 22"
I was thrilled when I realized I had some Dick and Jane fabric for the back.

Laurel is always so appreciative of the things I make - it was fun to surprise her!

Then I made a little scissor holder for one of my AZ quilting friends. She loves redwork and when I saw this pattern in Redwork Quilts and More by Laurene Sinema, I decided to make it for her.
She sets me up with one of her sewing machines when I'm in Arizona, generously shares her fabric stash with me, sends me home with her extra Ott lamp, makes iced coffee for our sewing days....etc. etc.

I used a red print from one of Laurene's fabric lines for the back. 

You have to look pretty close to see the scissors!

On to my March goals...I'll try to say focused this month!