Carol, are you towels basically really large squares? I've always been stymied by those, so afraid I can't help! W!hen I do napkins though, I hoop sticky stabilizer, digitize a basting box, turn it 45 degrees, stitch it on sticky stabilizer, then remove the backing paper, align either the edge of the napkin or the hemstitching with my basting box, and voila! I am quickly hooped and stitching. Size of the basting box dependent on whether you're aligning the edge or hemstitching, but it's foolproof. It does take a wee bit bigger hoop and stabilizer, but you can really zip through them. If you don't have room for the entire basting box you can just use the bottom half. Hope that makes sense! Reminds me I am now almost a month overdue with a set of napkins to go with a set of RH placemats for a 15th anniversary gift.
It's been a blur of relatives and trips to the airport and such here. And Lisa goes in next week for her heart procedure, so I'm being pulled off the bench!
However, I have snuck in a bit of sewing... Lisa and I did two bath towels (gorgeous Restoration Hardware ones) for her to give as a 50th anniversary gift, along with one of Marie's FSL letters on a bar of soap. I cut a matching design in vinyl for her gift bag. Then on Saturday Sarah came over for her first quilting lesson. In some ways she is very patient...in others, not so much. However, she is always determined! She was working on my little Bernina White Pearl and like most machines, the needle threader has its own personality and you need to get acquainted. When she finally got it once, I was ready to move on. She wasn't having it. She had to keep doing it until she conquered it. Reminded me of three year old Sarah learning to tie her shoe laces...all in one day. She did conquer a four patch square for a pot holder up to the binding, which we both wisely agreed to leave for another day! :)
I made a crib sheet for a friend for her grandson who is arriving in July, and will make another in the same fabric she used to make a comforter/quilt...ivory eyelet on one side and a pretty blue with white bear print on the reverse, with a ruffle. After it was almost finished (just the opening to hand stitch closed) she asked if I could put the baby's name on it. So of course that was a much bigger challenge than it would have been on the piece of fabric in the beginning. Thank goodness for my Persona machine. So while I'd like the name a little closer to the corner, it's okay. I will post pictures of these little projects later.