Saturday, March 2, 2013

Small Finishes

This week I finished three projects. First was my Passover table runner. I didn't care too much for it while it was in progress, but I thought it wasn't too bad once it was finished. It isn't every day that you make a quilt with lice. I actually have a second kit, so I will probably try to whip that one up too before Passover begins later this month. It will make a nice hostess gift.

I also made this cute broccoli pillowcase for my nephew Josh's birthday. Josh will be 14 on Monday.  He is very fond of broccoli, so he will find this pillowcase amusing. I also bought him drumsticks that light up when you use them. I think they are very cool. Mike and I are meeting him and his Mom for dinner tonight (his Dad and big brother are away skiing), so we will enjoy having Josh all to ourselves.

Last night I finished my March Winds quilt. Ironically, this quilt is as old as my nephew Josh, although I didn't know Josh back then. I started this quilt in a class on March 13, 1999 at the long defunct Quilted or Not. I finally put the borders on it last July, when I dug it out of deep UFO storage. I sent it to machine quilter Diana Annis, and after some discussion, she did this amazing pictorial of Old Man Winter.
The quilting really adds to the quilt. I wish I had asked
her to use metallic thread. It is so pretty!
If you double-click on the photo it should open up larger.

Here's a close-up of the quilting.

She also did these amazing bars and circles in the border.

This is the back of the quilt, but maybe you can see the quilting better.
The quilt is 99% done, complete with sleeve (it does need a label), and is hanging on our quilt rack. I also have several other pillowcases in progress and an almost complete quilt top that just needs borders. Several of these items are gifts, so you will have to wait to see them.

Joannie and Marion came over to play with me in the Studio last Saturday. Marion had a big finish! Her Monterrey Bay Medallion top is done. Woo hoo!
We don't have room to stand far enough back to take a good photo, but I'll take another photo when Marion has it quilted and bound. Great job Marion!

And as usual, Joannie was making some place mats...this time, a set of 20.
Getting ready for Saint Patrick's Day!
What do you think? Is it time for an intervention?

Here are some photos of my darling boys for my fellow pug lovers.
Elvis loves his Kong filled with peanut butter.

Larry is now sporting a snazzy turquoise diaper because
he has been marking in our house! Naughty Larry!

Romeo, at top, and Larry

Elvis says that he is getting better, not older.
Have a great day!

Pugs and kisses,


  1. Wow! Look at Old Man Winter. That is cool! And the broccoli pillow case makes me smile. :)

  2. The lice are pretty bad to have on a table runner but the slaying of the first born tops that!

    1. I gave it to my sister-on-law tonight and she thought it was super fun!

  3. Yay for three finishes!
    And a double yay yay for finishing a 14 year old UFO!

  4. I discovered your blog through Sew Many Ways "Fiend a Friend Linking party", your creations are beautiful. I am a new follower here! I give you the link to my blog, if you like my projects, I invite you to follow me.

    Marisa :)

  5. Lots of lovely finishes! I particularly like the Old Man Winter quilting - that's awesome! Whoop whoop!!

  6. Thank you for linking up in March to Richard and Tanya Quilts on our Link a Finish Friday. We will have a new linkup available every Friday. So stop by and share what you have been working on and check out what others are doing.