Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A beautiful quilt to end the year....

Ever since I started my longarm journey I've promised myself the last two weeks of the year as "time off". 

It's usually a mad rush to get the quilts done that need doing before Christmas but this year I've seemed to kept up nicely and finished the last quilt of the year on Monday.

The quilt is a real beauty, designed by the piecer herself!

The centre was a perfectly done Mariner's Compass....surrounded by a large circle. The aim was to have this look like a Dreamcatcher...and I think we succeeded!

The eagle feathers were a feature that she was hoping could be incorporated...

We used wool batting (love!) and the back was a solid flannelette (I love that word, it makes me think of my mom) which makes the back as wonderful as the front....

Now that quilting is done for the year I can relax a bit....getting ready for Christmas, get some serious prep work done for applique ( I hope! ), do some organising in the sewing room. 

The last couple of weeks I've spent my coffee hour enjoying the quilting of my Quilty365....

I haven't hand-quilted a large project in quite a while. Today I find myself suffering quite a muscle strain in my hand. I'm figuring it's the quilting so this morning I took a break and did a bit of embroidery on a Life is Beautiful block...

My stitches are a bit wobbly in places, but that's's really all about enjoying the journey, isn't it? Just doing your best on any particular day.

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Some of you know that I've been involved in a Learn to Run class.

I've never been anything close to what you would call an athlete. I still find it surreal that I've been going faithfully to this class for the last fifteen weeks. 

I've had the fun of sharing this adventure with an old friend...and made some new friends along the way! 

Thursday night we have our graduation run....we will run the entire 5K with no walking intervals. Wish me luck! I am quite proud of our whole group of "runners"!!!

I am linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.

Have a great day!


  1. That's a beautiful quilt and so is your quilting! What a great way to spend a coffee hour! Pppfftttt!!! @ wobbly stitches. We are not machines. It's the little things like that which make our hand stitched pieces.

  2. What gorgeous quilting on a gorgeous quilt. You have done a wonderful job!

  3. Gorgeous quilt and quilting! Love the colors and the feathers so much!
    Happy running!