Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Yes, I'm Still Here, Working On Baby Quilts...

 Hello, my lovelies!  It felt good to step away from the blog for a few days.  

We brought our 19-year-old son home from college for the weekend so he could cast his very first vote in a Presidential election during Early Voting rather than having to change his voter registration to his college address.  My 17-year-old son has strong opinions about the election that he believes we're all entitled to hearing, and he is not pleased to be the only nonvoting member of the family.  ;-). Hah!

I made more progress on my baby quilt version of the AQS "Letter Home" September QAL:

Monogram Baby Quilt In Progress

Those are 8" finished blocks, center monogram block that I added is English Paper Pieced, and the finished size of this quilt with narrow borders will be 42" x 42".  None of the blocks are sewn together yet, but I'm nearly finished piecing all of the blocks now.

I did get my Modern Baby Clam Shell quilt finished -- COMPLETELY FINISHED!! -- a couple days ago, but haven't taken the final photos of it yet.  Still debating whether or not to wash it first.  And, since my October goal is to completely finish BOTH of these sibling quilts and get them mailed off by the end of the month, I figured I might as well wait and photograph both of them together.

Final Stretch of Binding on Modern Baby Clam Shells

As usual, I'd be farther along with the baby quilts if I hadn't been busy working on other things.  I spoke with a potential new client about a vintage quilt made by his grandmother that he's looking to have restored.  I've been researching and crowd sourcing about quilt battings in order to finalize which ones I want to stock for clients.  I also worked on a Double-Top-Secret Surprise design for a friend in EQ8 and sourced special fabrics to bring that idea to life.  The fabrics I needed showed up in yesterday's mail and they are AWESOME -- it is going to be SO HARD not to show you this one until after I surprise my friend with it!  

I have also been working my way through all of the IntelliQuilter training videos provided by my dealer, all SIX hours' worth, covering both computerized edge-to-edge as well as computerized custom quilting.  I am SO excited by the possibilities!  The system that I ordered in late August is finally ready to ship and install on my APQS Millennium, and I finished the last of the training videos last night so I'm raring to go.  I absolutely cannot wait to start putting everything I've learned into practice on my quilts!  My IntelliQuilter should be up and running by Halloween.

Speaking of Halloween, my furry little beefcake puppy Samwise will turn one year old on Halloween!

Samwise Turns One Year Old on Halloween!

That's all you get for today, folks!  I'm linking up with the following linky parties:


·       Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

·       Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter


·       Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation  

·       Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

the back of that baby quilt looks wonderful as does the top when you showed it last. Sorry your younger son couldn't vote - but glad to hear he wants to - I think more young people then ever wish to vote - we will be going in for early voting sometime this week, it started yesterday and I hope we can find a time when it is not busy - we are in a small population county so I don't expect lines to be too long.

LA Paylor said...

oooooo that Halloween puppy.... beefcake indeed and handsome. I love that your son wants to vote, and cares about his country. Thanks for raising caring sons

Plumdelice said...

Wow, you've bee busy. Your quilts both look amazing and your pup is gorgeous. I can't wait to see your Intelliquilter in action. You are an inspiration. I took delivery of my Q16 last Friday and am busy practising with it. Let's say there's room for improvement, lol, but I'm loving it.

Chris said...

Congrats on 11 weeks of running the linky party. It must have been a lot of work setting it up and coordinating it. You now have access to an incredible amount of long arm insights.

TerryKnott.blogspot.com said...

What a mouthful on that puppy which is saying . .Time to play??? Those baby quilts are terrific!

Ramona said...

Congrats! on the finish of the butterfly baby quilt. I'm looking forward to the big reveal. The Boy baby quilt is coming along nicely, too. It will be done before you know it! Your puppy.... too cute!!

SJSM said...

Loving following your progress on the baby quilts. I’m looking forward to the unveiling.

Regarding voting, the first time is a great time to go in person. Our state (California) allowed absentee voting for college students. Her first voting therefore was from a distance. She has continued voting absentee even after moving back to her home town. Personally I’ve enjoyed the in person polling over the years. This year I may drop off my ballot at a ballot box instead due to the pandemic.

Jayne said...

So much going on! Love all the quilts and gotta love that adorable puppy too! We were able to get mail in ballots and our kids did early voting. It is so important and we all have strong opinions and feelings on this election I think. VOTE!!!

Quiltpiecer said...

You've been sew busy! Can't wait to see the baby quilts. And Samwise is too adorable!

chrisknits said...

Samwise is just adorable! And so talented. Can't wait to see the baby quilts done.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Samwise is a cutie! Happy birthday to the little guy. Can't wait to see your baby quilts. Thanks for sharing your progress with Wednesday Wait Loss.

Kate said...

You've got lots of fun stuff going on in the sewing room. How exciting to get a new addition to the quilting machine. And yeah for early voting. The Scientist in Training voted by absentee ballot, but rather than mail it she gave it to me during one of our meet ups so I could drop it off in the ballot box rather then her mailing it from college. Happy stitching this week.