Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bits of Progess

At first I thought I wouldn't have anything to share today. We went on a leaf peeping vacation to northern Michigan last week, so I was away from my sewing machine. It was beautiful even though the color in Michigan has been surprisingly slow after a promising start this year. We did a lot of bicycle riding on rail trails and spent some time on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in Mackinaw City

There was a quilt store a block away from our motel, and another a few miles away, so I built my stash of blue fabric (my stash has a lot of 70's and 80's gray-blues, and I needed some brighter fabric for the background of a leaf quilt that is still in my mind. And, on impulse, I bought a walking foot. There may be less meandering in my quilting in the near future! I could have bought so much more, but I restrained myself.

I took my Neverending WIP project with me and finished the road portion of it in the motel room in the evenings. Only one more section to quilt and it will be a finish...

Now that I'm back home, I've been working on adding to the Quilt for a Big Girl Bed. I was going to add half-blocks to the outside edge, but after talking with my daughter about the size and style of the bed my granddaughter is going to have, I added two rows of full blocks to the sides and three to the length. Whew! There may be some wrestling with it at the sewing machine. Next up is laying out the backing with leftovers and other treasures. 

So even though I was on vacation, I did get quite a bit done on my projects.

I'm linking up today with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday. 
Check back tomorrow, and I'll have another Throwback Thursday project to share. 


  1. Beautiful fall in Michigan! Your granddaughter will love the quilt!

    1. I'm glad you think she will! If you have any ideas for what batting would be light weight but still firm enough to handle for quilting on a domestic machine, I'd appreciate them. I don't want the quilt to be overwhelmingly heavy.