Now that I'm a mom, summer quickly becomes "the season beyond my control" every year. We make plans. Plans change. New plans form. What I never seem to learn is that sewing commitments are very difficult (actually, near impossible) to keep over summer. One year I failed to quilt a show entry for September and had to pull it out of the show (embarrassing). This year my machine spent 9 unscheduled weeks in the shop, thereby pushing the limits of my Flickr swap commitments. Luckily I brought it home last week in time to finish the doll quilt, but in July I was to make a beach-themed mini for Terrie in the Mini QT swap group. I managed to piece it on my old Pfaff 1212, but quilting wasn't an option (missing darning foot, darnit!). So I did some hand-quilting for the first time in ages, which is fun if you only have to do a 12" quilt!
I also did a teeny amount of hand applique, a skill I learned from the expert of Piece O' Cake designs, Becky Goldsmith, several years ago (and admit that I never use!).
And here it is: Terrie and I playing beach ball at the beach! This is a cute mini version of my beloved MuuMuu Bijoux quilt.
photo taken on the dock at my parent's cottage!
I saved the binding 'till I got to the cottage where my Mom has a lovely new Singer I could use.
And, then I waited. I just heard from Terrie that the quilt (plus chocolate!) just arrived....26 days after I posted it from small-town-Ontario. I had really given up hope!
We're heading to a sweet island this weekend with good friends. It's our final summer fling. I'll be back early next week with some very exciting news and a giveaway!!!