Yep, I've completed another flimsy, my UFO list is slowly going down. But first, my story! ;o)
Back in 2004, I made lap quits for all of my nieces and nephew on my husband's side. Alex's was called The 5th Dimension.
Alex is our daughter's age and he loves anything having to do with science fiction. I chose funky fabrics for this quilt and Stephen drew the machine quilting designs. I used glow in the dark thread. It really was a fun quilt to work on.
Now, Alex loved his quilt! The glow in the dark thread was a huge hit! A couple of years ago, he asked if I would make him another quilt. I was touched! We talked a bit about what he would like and I came up with Alex's pond.
This is Alex's Pond. The pattern is from Atkinson Designs called Cheese & crackers. Of course, my version is modified.
I wanted the quilt to reflect what one could find in a pond, which includes penguins! lol I had a great time shopping for theme fabrics to complete the quilts. It actually took me quite some time to accumulate an assortment of fabrics. Back when I was shopping, I had a difficult time finding theme fabrics, now, as Murphy's law would have it, it's everywhere! lol
I have the machine quilting designs all planned out and yes, I will be using glow in the dark threads. I really cannot wait to get to the machine quilting. It will be so much fun! I do have the perfect backing for it and will show you once I've done the machine quilting. It's SO Alex! lol
Speaking of machine quilting, I'm still waiting for my new toy to arrive. I did lose my studio space for quilt photography! Yea, we've moved back into our bedroom! lol
Yesterday, as a birthday present, I took my friend Jennifer on a fabric shop hop in Vermont. I had my camera with me and was ready to give you a tour of the shops but we ran into some problems.
The first shop we headed for was called Maplewood Quilts in Northfield, a 2 (two) hour drive away. We arrived at the shop all excited only to find it was closed for vacation. Hum... So we had lunch in a cute cafe and headed out to our second destination Northland Quilts in South Barre.
I was really looking forward to seeing this shop. As we headed closer and closer, turning into dirt roads, I was getting all excited at the possibilities. No sooner had we pulled into the drive way and out of the car, the owner comes out on the porch (the shop is attached to the house) and yells "I'm closed, I only open on Thursday!". I'm sure she must have seen my New York license plate. So I reply "Oh, I didn't see that on the website. I don't think I'll have a chance to be back again in the area" to which she replied "it's okay, I'm closing anyway". So that was that. Off we went to our third destination Cabin Fever Quilts in Waistfield.
We're driving along on these beautiful winding country roads admiring the view and finally we pulled up to our third shop and what do think? Yep, you guessed it CLOSED! By now it's 3 o'clock in the afternoon and we are in stitches!
Our last 2 (two) shops, which I was pretty certain would be open, was Sew Many Treasures and Yankee Pride. Jennifer did some major damage! Myself, I was good! lol
After much fabric fondling, we headed towards downtown Burlington for some dinner! All and all it was a good day! Vermont is certainly scenic! ;o)
Thanks for stopping by! I enjoy your company! Have a great day everyone!