I lack self-discipline. Which is not a huge surprise to me and really shouldn't be to you. I am this person..."I should be working on this, but that looks like more fun!"
So, now that I had my mini-vacay/time away, I think I have come up with another plan. Monday through Friday mornings are for business sewing, knitting, etc.. Nights and weekends are for whatever I want to work on. (Like, you know, Snow Days. Remember that? It's now been over 3 1/2 years since I started it...YIKES! I would love to get it done this winter.)
So, to start my plan off right, I did a fun-for-me project this weekend. I made a 16" pillow cover. I was planning to make two of them...one heart and one pumpkin (inspired by Cathy) but ended up combining the two ideas...the heart because I like hearts in the color orange like a pumpkin. ~grin~
Here it is with all the pieces together and pressed...
I quilted the white areas with the same orange thread that I quilted the rest of it with. I actually messed up the quilting in a few places, but not badly enough to be super noticeable...and it's for me.
I used Kona Cotton Solid in White for the backing. Once it was all put together, I looked at it and said, "Oops!" I had intended to stitch a line around the border. Well, I was not going to take the backing off, quilt around the border, and sew the backing on again. So, I decided that I could hand-quilt that line. I did it and I am happy.
I actually cheated and made little dots where I needed to stitch. Does anyone else do that? Please tell me that you do! In any case, I am very happy with this pillow cover. And, I believe that the hand-quilting around the border really gives it a finished look. Don't you?
Remember the lap quilt I had 3 days to make for me Mum? For the story on that, please click here. Well, I finished it. Yup, finished tying it an hour before I was to leave on Tuesday morning. haha. Here are a few photos (taken by sister Julie)...
In this photo, me Mum is talking on the phone. With me. She called to tell me that her little lap quilt had been laundered and that she was going to use it for her morning rest. I am so happy that she loves it!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11