March 2011 Stitch & Bitch

Yesterday’s stitch & bitch was a lot of fun even though we were missing several people. Aunt Pat brought her machine and several show and tell projects, and I can’t express how happy it made me that she’s again able to sew. She showed us a few blocks from her current project:

Pat's current project

Here is the nearly completed top that she designed herself. She started with a charm pack and made half square triangles, then played with placement to create the diagonal stripes. I love how she continued the stripes outside the border!

Pat's original diagonal stripes

She also showed a gorgeous blue work top:

Pat's blue work

Pat's blue work closeup

Becky has the same pattern, and she wants to do it in a different color. Green maybe? She also had a pretty lap quilt flimsy to show:

Becky's lap quilt

Notice the attitude Pat is giving there? Yeah, that’s our Pat! Although Crazy Pat had nothing for show and tell (which nearly knocked us on our backsides), she worked on a crochet project that I unfortunately forget to get a picture of.

Karen showed her completed Family Basket BOM quilt. It’s going to be raffled off to help raise money for her granddaughter to go to Germany as part of an exchange program. Notice how she used a different white in the blocks and the sashing? I really like how the blocks subtly stand out.

Karen's Basket BOM

Karen's Basket BOM Back

The colors she chose for this quilt are way outside her comfort zone. She likes brown and rust and gold and hunter green and navy – Civil War repros, that sort of thing. She decided to push herself when we went to a big quilt show two years ago, and this is what she came up with. I call it a big success! She also found and finished two partially completed pillowcases that matched her colors.

Karen's Pillowcases

Finally, Karen showed a baby quilt that’s been in the works for a while. She doesn’t have anyone in particular to give it to just yet, but it’s still pretty!

Karen's baby quilt

Lisa likes to experiment with ideas and techniques. Here she is demonstrating how she made her hourglass strips…

Lisa demonstrates hourglass blocks

…which you can see better here:

Lisa's hourglass strips

But only a little better because I can’t make this darn camera take a clear photo to save my life – although this one may have something to do with the fact that when I got down on the floor I ended up with a charley horse in the back of my thigh. Yeah, good times.

Mom had several baby items to show, including a bib, several burp cloths and some flannel receiving blankets. She pulled out her serger and learned how to do a rolled hem – go Mama! Of course, I was sitting right next to her and forgot to get photos of them.

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