I am so excited to have another finish for 2013. The Scrappy Trip-along. It isn’t all that big – I have to admit that I got a little tired of making these blocks, but I do like the way the quilt turned out. And it is a great little piece to keep on the back of the couch in my bedroom so I can curl up under it and watch the final episode of this seasons Downton Abbey.
I quilted diagonals in both directions through the squares and then did small dense loops in the borders. The binding is a fun colorful stripe that I picked up this last week on the Quilt Shop Hop. I found it in the discount section at the second store – with a 50% markdown! Yea!!
The Shop Hop was lots of fun – Although I didn’t win any of the prizes (Alas – I was really looking forward to the 200 fat quarters!) but my sister came in from Iowa and she and my mother enjoyed a couple of afternoons touring around the western suburbs of Chicago. And of course we bought lots of fabric. Here is some of what I picked up
But best of all – I got a new toy! One of the shops had a number of rebuilt sewing machines – some very old antiques and some fairly new models – and my wonderful husband allowed me to purchase one of these beauties ! A Pfaff GrandQuilter – with a frame and stitch regulator!!
It is about four years old and was a great deal. I used it on the borders of the scrappy trip-along quilt and it was sooooo much easier to use than my Janome. I haven’t gotten the frame or stitch regulator yet but they should be arriving any day now. There will be LOTS of quilting going on when they arrive!! My daughter has two finished tops, I have one with another one its way and my sister has a at least a dozen! Guess you know where you’ll find me for the next couple of weeks…