Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Quick Trip to Texas

My winter is going too fast! I'm supposed to get lots of quilting and sewing done in the winter. I'm not getting nearly enough sewing done...yet. I have trips away from home every month through March. My first trip of the season was to Texas to see family, attend my husband's Texas Air National Guard reunion and luckily I managed a day at the Houston Quilt show. 

The first booth I hit was Sew Batiks, a company out of California. They manufacture a large line of wide-backing batiks which I have ordered over the years. I fell right away for this kit so it came home with me.

They also manufacture many rayon batiks. The navy blue piece on the right is from their booth. It is a border print. The other two pieces are from a booth, Fabrilish. Love that name. The hot pink is a rayon batik but the sea green piece is a bamboo fiber. 

I've seen this blouse pattern for years but finally saw a lady wearing the green top and thought it was great so I had to get the pattern. Only two side seams and the top is complete. One of my winter trips is to Hawaii and I want to make the pink top for it.

The Houston Quilt Show is a pretty good place to shop for wools so I tracked down pieces to make some Santa dolls. Many years ago I would make a new Santa doll every Christmas. I think that lasted three years. I'm am still hopeful I will get some made before this Christmas.

I am sooooo excited about my Bloom quilt. I got all the flowers outline stitched and have started on the background quilting.  

I have been making Bucilla stocking kits since 1995. I have completed 54 stockings. Every year when  Bucilla comes out with new designs, I wish for a pilot Santa. It finally happened! I just got my new kit and this will be the first Bucilla project for 2018.

There is so much more to share but it is time to get back to stitching.


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

you are so busy - love your Bloom quilt from what you show and the kit of batiks looks great too. I like that pattern you show for a shirt - I would like to find some easy pieces to make like this now that I have a sewing machine that makes buttonholes and the process looks easy for a change - the last one I had that said it made buttonholes didn't - I see this shirt you show doesn't have any needed so that makes it even nicer!

Ramona said...

My new son-in-law is a pilot, too, and I love that stocking. I haven't ordered it yet, but will. All of your fabrics are gorgeous! Enjoy your travels.

Donna quilts said...

Your bloom quilt is looking great. I like that little leaf design you've done along side the strip of tiny multi-color squares.
The pilot stocking will be adorable. Love the little gifts being delivered by parachute. So cute.

Sally said...

I always wondered why you didn't do an airplane kit...now I know it's because they didn't make one...can't wait to see this one when it's finished. My DH was in the Navy for 30 years and, although I made a stocking for him way back in the early 80's, it wasn't military or nautical related...Imagine my surprise to see they had a nautical santa stocking several years ago...I can't find it for a reasonable price - not paying 100.00 for a felt kit. But I will persevere till I can find one. In the meantime, I'm working on one of the other many kits I've got. You inspire me!

Suz J said...

So the rayon batiks are "less stiff" than a regular batik? I don't think I've come across any. Oh, and that stocking is perfect!