Busy otherwise, not busy quilting

I have been really busy lately, but not with quilting as much as I would like to be. We have decided to move, and we’ll be selling our house and many belongings at an auction scheduled for March. This means I am very busy with packing boxes, moving items to a sale staging area, and getting the house ready for an open house.

The good news is, in the course of cleaning and organizing the sewing room, I put all my unfinished projects in one box. Now that most of the intense work is done, I can spare some time for sewing and quilting. I don’t really want to start a new project, and seeing my old unfinished ones gave me a little incentive to clear out the box soon. It’ll be easy to pull out a project, work a bit, and it can go right back in the box if I don’t have time to work on it.

I pulled out two Christmas table runners last weekend, and finished them. One is for my niece and one for myself. I rarely make two items the same but I loved this design. I saw a project, but I never purchase kits so I made one that was similar. I had most of the squares together, the large white blocks cut out, and was stuck with deciding what to fill that large white space with. I noticed I had two different holly patterned fabrics so I appliqued holly leaves and berries. I’m very happy with the result, and in two days was able to complete these two table runners.

This weekend I noticed a tutorial by Noodlehead, which came at exactly the right time. I have three co-workers having babies, and I needed a fast project I could finish within a week, when the shower is scheduled. I made some diaper pouches using scraps from my closet. The color portions are flannel, leftover from previously made baby quilts.

What makes me happy? Two great weekends of sewing!


4 responses to “Busy otherwise, not busy quilting

  1. Funny, I made one of those pouches yesterday afternoon for an upcoming shower too! I’m planning on making a nursing cover as well. I will probably make more of those pouches too…nice to make some in advance and have ready.

  2. Oh PS, love the runner too!

  3. Do you by chance still have the directions for the table runner with the applicaed poinsettia on each end?

    • Hi Lennie, I do not have directions for the table runner. Something I do quite often is make up my own way of recreating what I see in a photograph. I chain-pieced small squares, then added the white blocks at the ends, and appliqued the leaves and berries at the ends. You might find the directions somewhere, but I didn’t have any. Good luck!

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