Get 'er done...Niece's quilt on to the next steps

"Shadow Boxes" Full
I was able to get the top and the backing completed tonight--woohoo! Now I've just got to put in a call to My Fabulous Long-armer and see if I can drop it off tomorrow. The pattern is "Shadow Boxes" by Mary Danielson, #506 in the Five Yard Quilt collection from Fast pattern for a gift. The fabric is the Sausalito collection from P&B Textiles. I'll be talking about this project, the pattern, and the fabrics in my next episode--hopefully posting tomorrow...
"Shadow Boxes" Close

WIP: Niece's quilt

Originally uploaded by sandyquiltz
A quick update on my goings-on, as I've been going-around. I was out of town for a few days again this week...last trip until February! Woohoo! But that meant I had to do a little radio silence again as I had very little Internet access while I was gone. I did manage to knock out some more blocks on my niece's Christmas quilt on Sunday afternoon, though, so here's a sneak preview of what we're aiming for.

I hope to get the center pieced tonight, and then borders on tomorrow, so I can get it to Andrea (my fabulous long-arm quilter) early next week.

A wonderfully quick gift--sachets

Lavender Sachet
Originally uploaded by sandyquiltz
I whipped up this sachet tonight adapting a tutorial from Quilting in the Rain blog at Her tutorial has a different design which I really, really like and will do at some point--it just didn't fit the particular scraps I wanted to use tonight. These are scraps from my MIL's quilt so guess who's getting the sachet?

My LQS had bags of dried lavender there when I stopped by last week. Couldn't resist picking up a baggie. Now I want to go buy more and use up a lot more scraps. I just started growing lavender myself last summer. We'll see if I get enough expansion this summer to be able to dry some myself.

The corners aren't pointy because I decided to reinforce the corners a bit by sewing a short seam diagonally across the corner seam. I had a sachet years ago (it was either a gift or I'd picked it up at a gift shop at one point--don't recall how it came to me now) that popped a seam in a corner and I ended up with little whatever-they-weres all over my drawer. So now I'm a bit nervy about those things. I decided I'd give up a bit of corner perfection for a bit of reassurance.

Anyway, cute project. Fun project. Fast project. Check out her blog!