Friday, December 25, 2015

The big reveal

The hours leading up to Christmas were filled with much last-minute sewing. The secret project:

Trip to Melbourne
(a/k/a Spare Change)
And the recipient's response:

@donnadb is thrilled!
The pattern is Spare Change from the book Loose Change by Kansas Troubles. I had been gifted a pack of 10" squares of Melbourne by Benartex -- hence the name "Trip to Melbourne" -- and I cut the 5" charms from my stash with a wavy blade when I couldn't find my pinking blade.

"Cool Beans" quilting
Even though it's a little larger than a lap quilt, the colors are perfect for their family room.

Also up, Triangle Frenzy.

Triangle Frenzy Table Runners
I had assembled the tops to these table runners back in July, but I put off the finishing work until it was almost too late.  I used a lightweight batting (Quilter's Dream Select) and did a stitch-and-turn-right-side-out finish (I'm sure there's an "official" term for that). Simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting holds the layers together. This is one of those projects where the fabric does the work.

Displayed on my husband's plotter because there was no room elsewhere
I managed to get four finished for the sitters who are such faithful companions for my mother-in-law (a/k/a The Queen Mother). We would not have been able to manage have a life the last 8 years without them.

Santa was very good to me.

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters and Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety.  Kinda all over the place, isn't it? But I am thrilled with both!

Christmas Dinner - pot roast, pasta, red/green salad

Waiting for cheesecake followed by another tabletop tournament game.
Merry Christmas, Y'all!


  1. One day I hope to attempt that tablerunner. You did a great job.

  2. Trip to Melbourne turned out beautifully. Looks like you had a very Merry Christmas.

  3. I really like the soft mint? turquoise? and brown color combination. The pattern lets the fabric shine. Speaking of shining, the triangle table runners do just that. I hope Santa was good to you, too.

  4. Wonderful finishes Libby! Glad you've had a nice Christmas - looking forward to an amazing & creative 2016!!!!

  5. The recipient of Trip to Melbourbe looks so delighted Libby! I have never seen a quilt where the pieces have wavy edges before.
    "The Queen Mother" LOL
    Great books - both!
    Happy New Year!


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