This is the little wallhanging, ready for quilting
and a funny story about the backing. I started trying to quilt back in the 1970s when the quilting resurgence occurred. I had small children and not much time and life got in the way, so it was many years later when I finally became serious about it. That being said, I took a couple of classes at a shop in the Atlanta area and had a friend here in Newnan with a cross stitch shop that also carried some quilting fabrics. I learned to appliqué and do some very simple hand piecing. When my friend closed her shop, she gave me the remaining quilting fabrics. I washed them up, put them in a big tub and have used them for backings on charity quilts and a few other things over the years. I went to this tub when I chose the backing for Sweet Pickins, and as I ironed, I saw the selvedge. Note the year............and also note that the fabric was made in the USA.......Atlanta no less!!!
Hopefully in a few days there will be another finished project to show you. And the runner and Sweet Pickins will be quilted and bound. Then there will be three UFOs finished for January!!!
Speaking of counting projects, I have decided this year that I will only count a project that is complete. Now, complete can mean a flimsy if it is donated or if I am totally done with my part on it. Otherwise, it means FINISHED...........quilting, binding, framing, whatever.
UFOs.......geez, I have a lot. Sometimes there is a long forgotten, unexpected surprise. That happened as I pilfered through the drawer of the sewing machine cabinet searching for machine quilting supplies. There it was, the significant start of "Nines and Vines", started way back in 2004.....languishing there, totally forgotten. About half the blocks are finished, with the remainder of the nine patches pieced and the setting blocks cut. I still really like the project. Wonder why it was never finished? The fabrics are mostly reproduction fabrics, some of the earlier ones. Think I will give this one another chance!
On the reading front it is another doggie book. Content and photography are wonderful.
My old dogs are looking pretty grungy and smell like wet dog (that is Roxie beneath those eyebrows). The groomer is coming tomorrow, thank goodness.
Mobile dog groomers.
Small kids who make big differences in this world.