2.) Packed up
And our new kitchen:
3.) The next weekend was a garage sale with Katie! We had a blast chatting with her neighbors and selling some old stuff. It was the perfect day for a sale--great weather, their garden was taking off and the neighbors wanted to see, and best of all, an auction in the neighborhood brought in fantastic amounts of traffic!
4.) The next week was our extreme fundraising event for March for Babies--I'll save you the details, but basically it couldn't have been done without two hours of crazy each day (collecting and receipting money). I could have NEVER pulled it off without my excellent volunteer(s) (THANKS MOM!) and support from my Key Club students. We raised over $2000 in a week...excellent!
5.) And that brings me to last weekend, which is really the reason I've been wanting to blog. I gave Mom an early Mother's Day gift of a free motion quilting class. Unfortunately, she did have some sewing machine issues, but she had the entire staff at Viking Says...Sew and Quilt helping her out. My Janome and I were going to town. Here's some of what I came up with:
I've come to a few conclusions:
A.) I love Aurifil thread and prefer to quilt with thin thread.
B.) I still need a lot of practice before I have consistent stitch lengths.
C.) Leaves are extremely fun to quilt.
D.) Bubbles are not hard or terrifying--but they are a lot of fun and they take focus. They are also now one of my favorite patterns.
E.) I need more quilt tops prepared so that I can quilt something other than a practice swatch!
Here's my latest plan:
Quilting plan for the borders:
and the fabric to match:
And finally, I still need to block and bind (or create a pillow), but here is my finished wholecloth quilt from Leah Day's Quilt Along.