This year our sailing nationals were held at Harbor Island Yacht Club in Nashville, TN. This is the quilt I’m making as the annual fund raiser for the nationals. Since we just moved I didn’t have time to get it completed in time to present at the nationals, so it will be presented at the Gilbert A Beers Memorial Regatta on October 14th in Atlanta, GA. I was able to complete the quilt top at the ISQG Summer Retreat in mid July. Below are pictures of the fabrics I used – beautiful line of musical themed fabrics and the completed quilt top.
Voila! Here’s what I made with the “practice quilt” from last week. Ok Ok Ok, I know what some of you are thinking – I can’t believe she cut up that quilt!
There are two sides to this argument – if you have a quilt top or a quilt that is special to you in some way, you can save it as is, finish it, have it mended, preserve it, display it, put it in your will and hand it down to your kids, but NEVER cut it up. Or, since this quilt is not special to me in any way (other than to teach me how to machine quilt a top that was poorly pieced), I fixed and finished the quilt top, machine quilted it, then cut it up and made something useful of it. To me this is an acceptable way to use a quilt. Using it to cover the lawn mower in the barn is NOT an acceptable way to use a quilt.
So, I think you’ll see how wonderful these two pillows are and they look great on the black leather couch in the living room. I have some more of the quilt left and I’m not sure what to do with it yet, do you have any suggestions?
This is a quilt top I purchased on eBay for about $10. I bought it with the idea of using it to practice quilting on my quilting machine – which I did. However, I did add the outside borders first since it was SO out of square. It’s hand pieced and had several puckers and gathers in it so it was a real challenge to quilt, but it turned out nicely. Once it was quilted, I couldn’t decide what to do with it. We really didn’t need another lap size quilt to keep in the living room (I have a stack) and I didn’t know of anyone who wanted a “practice quilt” (if you’re ever interested in purchasing a practice quilt just let me know) so I did the next best thing … see next week for the result.
Oh, what a wonderful project this is. These little bags are easily constructed and then filled with regular rice. Heated in the microwave for just a minute or two then placed where needed to provide comfort. Use as you would a regular heating pad but without the hassle of a cord. And the longer ones can be wrapped around a knee or ankle and give warmth to the entire joint. A couple of these are backed in cozy flannel to provide a soft fabric next to your skin. Plus, if you keep one in the freezer you can also use it as an ice pack. How cool is that?!