Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sew-in results...

This past Wednesday, my quilt bee came over for an all day sew in.  Everyone brought their machines and worked on their own projects.  I started sewing the blocks for a quilt for my Grandpa.  I started with this Berry Bliss Bali Pop.

Berry Bliss Bali Pop
This is such an easy quilt to make that in just over 4 hours, I managed to make all 40 blocks for the quilt center.

20 light, 20 dark blocks for the quilt center
After another hour or so today, I laid out the blocks and sewed them together.  There are very few seams to match up, so everything goes together lickety split.

Rows laid out and ready to be sewn together
Hopefully tomorrow I can sew the rows together and have the center completed.  Before adding the borders, I want to applique my Grandpa's name and DOB on them.  He's living in a nursing home right now and I've been warned about problems with theft.  I'm hoping that having his name prominently displayed might dissuade someone from walking off with it, but I know that it's still a possibility.  My Grandpa is also suffering from dementia and could end up just giving it away.  He has a tendency to do that.  But I'm making this quilt for him, knowing all those things could happen and I'm OK with that.  I just want him to know that I love him and was thinking of him when I made it.  And to be honest, it's also why I chose a simpler pattern (although one I still really enjoy making).

Our animals are a mixed bag when it comes to company coming over.  A couple of the cats will hide away until the last guest leaves, while Jack and Sam love to interact with them.  On Wednesday, Sam made herself at home in the middle of Susan's sewing.  Fortunately, Susan has several furbabies of her own (including her own Sam) and didn't mind the intrusion.

Sam lying on Susan's sewing stuff
I think we all had a fun and productive day!

Until later...

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. 
John 13:35 (NLT)


  1. I really enjoyed your post! Love the bali pops! I'm inspired to make one of those quilts myself :) sam is hilarious! :-)

  2. I remember the other one you did using this pattern for Mr. Quilting Bug. So inspired was I that I made one for our home too. You're much faster than I am at sewing the blocks together. Didn't time it, but I'm sure it was longer than 4 hrs. The berry bliss pop is really cute!

  3. That is a very simple pattern, but still makes up nicely, especially in bali pops! I work with a friend every Friday and this week I helped her cut blocks for a mystery quilt. Then I made sure she knew how to put them together. We will get the layout next month!