She lives in Chicago, I live in Syracuse, New York. (And she's a lobster fan, like her aunt!)
There are about 1,000 miles between us. Might as well be a million, right?
After a few emails back and forth, we decided it might be fun to take this quilty journey together--online. Why not?
So, I put together a very basic quilted table topper pattern called First Timer Table Topper. Set up a button on the Hummingbird Highway website and on this blog, called Quilting 101 that links to a separate blog that will take Karen, and anyone else who would like to follow along, step-by-step though making a first quilt.
It is not a race to the finish. No deadlines. Each step will take as long as it takes. A new post will appear when it appears. It's the beginning of the holiday season, after all. It's all about fun, learning a hobby, and chatting about it.
Check it out. . .
Speaking of 'the Basics' . . .
For the last several years, I have included a small hand-made Christmas tree ornament in our holiday greeting cards. About this time of the year, I start to stress over what to make.
Then once I decide what I'm going to make, I tally up how many 'whatevers' I need to make for all the cards on my list. And I start to stress again.
But then it all becomes fun as the plan emerges and production begins in earnest.
Well, I'm stressing, right on schedule.
But . . . I think I may feel a plan beginning to emerge.
It's going to involve some pieces of felted wool. The yummy kind, in bright fun colors.
And some embroidery thread. 12-weight, Valdani pearl cotton is my favorite, in fun colors! Maybe some 8-weight too!
And freezer paper I can throw in the printer. (Well, maybe not 'throw', but you get the idea.)
Some tools: nice sharp scissors to cut the wool, my favorite pair of thread snips, and That Purple Thang. Oh, and maybe some small batting scraps.
Stay tuned . . .