Since I didn't flaunt last Friday (due to the giveaway), I have this finished 34" X 37" wall hanging quilt to show you. I will donate it to Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City, Iowa. The annual quilt auction - the camp's largest fundraiser - is Saturday, July 25, and this quilt will be among those sold in the silent auction, prior to the live auction.
Last year's event happened on the most gorgeous summer day. It was simply beautiful to see the quilts pegged to clotheslines among the trees, wafting in a gentle breeze.
Quilting this was a treat because it fit so easily in the 7-1/2" throat space - the area between the sewing machine needle and the machine body.
See the quilted trees?
Though I know a quilt rarely sells for an amount relative to the quantity of time put into making it, I hope this earns a lot of money for Riverside.
You may have noticed this is my fifth completed Ten in '10. While this is very encouraging to me, the pace of finishes will doubtlessly decline as I switch to handwork for project #6.
And now, for something completely different...
I made a denim, embroidered fabric skirt! It's the one on the left. When I found the material at Joann's I knew immediately I wanted to make a casual skirt like the khaki embroidered skirt I purchased last October while in Australia. So, the skirt on the right from Aus was the pattern for the skirt on the left. Mine doesn't have a tie (I don't tuck in my top), but the rest of it is the same even to having an invisible zipper. Wow, I can still sew a garment!
Aussie friends: Don't be surprised to see me wearing this when I'm there, in just a few weeks!
This afternoon I'm off to a weekend quilt retreat. Six of us in the Batting Buds group are retreating from 2 pm Friday to 2 pm Sunday... sheer bliss! I will tell you all about it on Monday. Have a great weekend.
P.S. While on retreat, on TV we'll watch a NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) basketball play-off game. Our beloved, and #9 nationally-ranked University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Panthers - who in a huge, unexpected upset beat the #1 ranked Kansas University (KU) Jayhawks - will play Michigan State.