The Busy Bean

Sewing Saturday

This weekend the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild had a Sewing Saturday, and I was finally able to attend. Since Brad used to work every Saturday, it was hard to get there since I didn’t have a sitter for the girls. Now that he’s no longer working retail, it’s a lot easier to hang out with my friends! Hooray! And these ladies are amazing friends. You know how sometimes you get a big bunch of ladies together and they’re all back-talkey and gossipy, and they put each other down? These women are not like that at all. Every time we get together, it’s all encouragement and uplifting. Whether you’re a brand new quilter or have lots of experience under your belt, everyone is welcome.

I planned on taking lots of pictures, but of course I didn’t. I snapped two while we were all cleaning up (and now I can’t find them). Here’s a little rundown of some of the fun projects people were working on (without pictures, of course – hopefully people will start sharing on their blogs).

Kayli had made a billion Dresden plate blocks and was piecing them together into a quilt top. I wanted to steal it from her (there are pics of the squares on her blog already).

Kati finished a beautiful skirt using Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom line. If I was as skinny as she is, I might have stolen that too. {side note: I’m on my way to skinny again… 14 lbs down and counting, thank you very much}

Brooke whipped up Leigh’s block for our bee, then started working on her own Dresden plate blocks.

Rachel put the borders on a cute Central Park quilt, then started working on some Dresdens … seriously, do you see the theme here? I’m getting the itch to make a Dresden quilt.

I thought about working on a special project using these

But decided that was just too much concentration for sitting around chatting with friends and sewing. (There are over 2,400 squares there – some are 2.5” and some are 1.5” – for a secret project, a gift I will share after I give it.) Instead, I pieced together a quilt top for my new niece, expected in September. When I told Lottie I was making a quilt for Eleanor, her response was “Mommy, you’re making a quilt for Katie’s belly baby?” She is fascinated by the fact that there’s a baby in Katie’s belly.

I gathered the white rows, so it’ll have lots of texture for her to play with. I’m really excited to quilt it. I have a plan all mapped out, now I just need to do it. This is one of those projects that I started all excited for, and I’m still excited to finish! I think sometimes I get bored with stuff (as evidenced by the stack of quilt tops I have in various states of completion) but this one makes me happy enough to want to rush to the finish line.

I can’t wait to wrap it up and tie it with a cute ribbon to give to Eleanor’s mommy as a gift. Yeah, she asked me if I’d make it and she would buy the fabric and pay me, but I decided it’s going to be a present. Shh… don’ t tell Katie.

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2 Thoughts on “Sewing Saturday

  1. Patty on August 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm said:

    Gathering the white strip makes this very interesting and unique. Can’t wait to see it quilted.

  2. Such a cute quilt. I love the gathered idea. I may have to do some stealing myself. Wish I could have come Saturday, I had a baby shower. Good work.

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