Friday, May 9, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you moms, moms-to-be, grandmoms, great-grandmoms, godmoms, aunts, and even friends a Happy Mother's Day!! And an extra special thank you is going out to my wife, who I know is one of my most loyal readers and is the best mother in the whole world.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to see my mom for Mother's Day, as she is home in Brooklyn NY (where I was born and raised) and we're down here in Tar Heel country. But we did send her a very special gift, which I know you all will appreciate.

We signed my mom up for a Beginning Quilting class at Purl!

My mom is already a very crafty lady -- she is a world-class knitter that makes absolutely beautiful, boutique-worthy baby sweaters and kids' sweaters (that without fail receive multiple compliments from strangers any time my kids wear them) as well as knitted blankets. But I think she's itching to get into quilting as well. I hope she likes the gift, and I am excited to see how she responds.

We'll be seeing my wife's mother and grandmother this weekend, and this past Sunday I was struck by a moment of inspiration (or was it insanity??). I decided I wanted to give both my mother and mother-in-law something homemade for Mother's Day. I had a jelly roll of Dandelion Girl and no plans of what to do with it, so I decided to tackle a table runner that I saw in a recent issue of American Patchwork & Quilting that really caught my eye.

It's been keeping me up late every night this week.

Here it is, all pieced and pressed. I plan on quilting it this evening.


So I seem to learn something new with each new project. With this one, it was how to sew together angled pieces and still get them into a straight line. This "beginner" pattern failed to mention anything about it! It took me a good 15 minutes of staring at it and 2 ripped seams to figure it out.



I LOVE this and I am so excited by how it turned out. One jelly roll makes 2 of these, with a good bit still left over. Unfortunately, I only completed one of the two. My mom's is all cut and I hope to work on it next week. I already told her that her gift would be a bit late ... but I'm hoping the surprise of the class will be enough to get her through.

9 comments:

  1. That is beautiful! Im sure that the Mom's are going to love them.

    I am SO impressed by your work. I started quilting around the same time you did and I can't get joints to line up as perfectly as you do!! Grrrr! :)

    You also do a great job with color/fabric selections.

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  2. the table runner looks great with that fabric. nice job!

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  3. Very nice table runner. The moms getting this are lucky.

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  4. What a great gift for your mom! My brother and I got our mom knitting classes for Xmas and she was thrilled. Side benefit - she's now making us gifts from our gift!
    I saw that runner and filed it away to make someday. Good luck finishing up the second one next week!

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  5. Very nice! I think you did a great job on the table runners. What mom wouldn't love that???? And the quilt class!!!! Oh my!! I told my husband to have the kids buy me gift cards from the LQS...the PERFECT gift. Now, I'm not getting stuff I can't use! LOL, is that bad??? he he

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  6. Looks great - I'm sure the moms will love them.

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  7. that table runner is gorgeous! I've been wanting to make a dresser runner, so I think I'll try out this idea : )

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  8. Love the table runner!
    My husband is a quilter, too, but not a blogger.

    After he finished a huge quilt made of squares and half square triangles, he told me he is done with triangles (and paper piecing, which is a class we took together) so all of his projects are squares and rectangles! But he does some nice things with them!

    I enjoyed reading your blog today. I found you from the quilt a long on Amanda Jean's blog. I am doing that, too.

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  9. Your tablerunner turned out wonderful! I like your colorchoices :-)

    Great blog, I just found you via the 6"-12" mini quilt swap on Flickr :-)

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