Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sewing together...

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One of my plans for this trip to visit my family was to spend some time sewing with  my mom.  We both started embroidering the blocks for a Winter Wonderland quilt last fall and finished earlier this year.  But this is the first chance we've had to get together to move forward on it.  All of our blocks still needed to be cut down to the right size and we had hoped to get the center of our quilts assembled.  Everything went well cutting the blocks and before long, my mom had hers put together...

Robbie and Mom holding up her top
However, when I laid out my blocks in order, I noticed a problem.

My Winter Wonderland  Blocks
I was bothered by the one block that's so much darker than the rest.  My mom tried to convince me it was OK, but when my dad came in, he pointed it right out!  I knew I wouldn't be happy if I didn't change it, so I pulled out some more material and traced another one.

New Snow Angel Block
Fortunately for me, this is the smallest embroidery in this quilt.  It only took me an evening to embroider another one.  But once I laid them side by side, I'm still not convinced it's going to work.  When I traced it out, the new fabric looked so much lighter than the other.  Now with them laying side by side, I'm not seeing that much difference.

Old and New Snow Angel Embroideries
I'm going to wait until I return home, lay them all out again and then decide if I'm going to make a 3rd version.  I also discovered I don't have enough fabric for the inner border so it doesn't do me any good to assemble the blocks until I have that.  I suppose that means another shopping trip when I return!

While I worked on my embroidery, my mom got started on the Fly Stitching that goes between each block.  It didn't take her long to finish one of the rows and start on another...

Moms adding the Fly Stitch on her quilt
I so enjoy spending the time sewing with my mom and when she retires (hopefully soon), I plan for us to do a lot more of it.

My dad bought Gabriel another new baby today.  She already has one she's been playing with, but if one is good, then two must be better, right?

Gabriel and her new baby
Until later...

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 
 Lamentations 3:22–23 (NIV)

1 comment:

  1. I've always wanted to make that quilt too! Can't wait to see your blocks together~ I love the backgrounds!