Friday, May 27, 2011

Hello There!

It's been a loooong time since I've posted anything. I really haven't had anything creative or crafty to post. It's been sort of a rough three or four months here with health issues but after 6 doctor appointments, lab work, an ultrasound, endoscopy, ER trip, HIDA scan, and 5 prescriptions, I finally have an answer for why I've been feeling so crappy most of the abnormally functioning gallbladder. So, I see a surgeon next week and will have my gallbladder removed soon after that and will hopefully be feeling much better (and more creative and motivated!). Keep your fingers crossed for a safe and successful surgery and quick recovery.

On the crafty front, I finally finished my newest quilt! I had been struggling with what to do on the back and finally decided on white with one pieced strip across the bottom.
Yeah, that's not a white back, is it? I went to Joann's last week to buy the fabric but couldn't find the right white and realized I wasn't even sure of the correct name for the Kona Cotton white I used on the front. I knew the front wasn't white-white and it wasn't off-white either and nothing seemed to be the shade I was looking for.
The back isn't nearly as smooth as this picture makes it look. There are tons of creases and puckers but that's part of the charm (and proof!) of quilting it myself, right?
I came across this teal blue fabric that I've used in projects for my boss recently, saw it was 30% off and was sold!
I went back and forth between free motion quilting and stitching in the ditch but decided to stick with stippling because I really like the crinkly look it makes and I think stitching in the ditch just sounds stupid:)
The binding is made from various lime green fabrics I had in my stash.Align Center
I'm really happy with how it turned out and it was nice to be reminded of how good it feels to make something for myself. Next up is a new summer tote bag, new pillows for the living room and possibly some vintage sheet patchwork shams for the master bedroom. What are your summer sewing projects?