I finally got out and braved JoAnn's on Friday and picked up the one last thread I needed to finish my Star and Geese project. I have avoided the lines around the building for weeks now. But, somehow lucked out on Friday morning first thing they opened and was able to get in. They limit you to 20 in the store at a time. I don't think there were more than 3 or 4 of us. So in and out in record time even though I picked up more than one thread, which I will confess later.
Here it is at last. I must admit though that sewing on that binding was quite the project. I discovered several problems along the way and had to un-sew the binding several times and trim the edges. As I did that a number of times, I figured by the time I was done it probably would not measure the same side to side or top to bottom. A simple binding took three times longer than normal. I held my breath when I measures the sides and was shocked they were perfectly even.
The quilting straight lines were the simplest of the quilting. Finally getting the thread for the blue strip was what held up everything.
This was the most adventurous part of the quilting for me. I do not do free motion so used one of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine. I am so pleased with the results.
Now this is what I have to confess purchasing on that trip to JoAnn's for just one spool of thread. I have a large, actually huge, stash of thread. Nearly every drawer in my studio had thread stashed in it. I do keep it fairly organized by color, and also Rayon 40wt, 12wt, 28wt, and quilting threads. That is not too mention a bit of a stash of metallics. So when I happened to see this on sale for 40% off I knew I had come across the perfect solution to updating my organization of all those different threads. I happily spent Friday afternoon re-organizing my thread and several of the drawers in my cabinets were empty cleaning out and I organizing all the other tools and supplies we quilters seem to hoard away.
Two of my daughter's five peacocks enjoying a nice summer tanning session. Actually they are in deep trouble. Husband is not happy with them at all. They have been getting on top of the cars and scratching them. Plus have taken to going over to the neighbors and causing a bit of a fuss. So the contractor is coming out this week and a very large fenced in enclosure is being constructed and they are going into lock down. Husband says it is either that or they are on the menu for a 4th of July BBQ.
What a perfect solution to thread!! I have one of those wood easel racks, and more in a drawer, but that drawer cabinet would be a lovely addition to the sewing room.ReplyDelete
I like your small quilt very much--that pre-programmed stitch looks great. I had fun using a bunch of different stitches that way on placemats I made my daughter last year.ReplyDelete
Peacocks are such big birds, they sure can make a mess! Hope the enclosure works for the pets.
Love your thread storage idea. I have seen these carts for some time but didn't consider them for thread. I have several small stacks of drawers that are getting in the way. I will check them out. The birds are beautiful. They can be stinkers though!ReplyDelete
Birds, dogs and kids. All cute until the grow up! LOL! Beautiful quilt. Glad the peacocks won't be on the dinner menu. They are pretty.ReplyDelete
Hi Donnalee! Oh no - you'd better behave peacocks! Lockdown is near and it sounds like it is deserved. Your colorful thread holder is fun and handy. That sounds like a productive use of time and effort. Finally, great job on finishing your quilting project. I haven't braved Joann's in months - good for you for making it quick! Thanks for linking up this week. ~smile~ RoseanneReplyDelete
Awesome quilt...love all the pretty colors. Would really like one of those organizers....I'll have to check it out. Have a great day!
Uh-oh! I've never heard of grilled peacock...I hope they behave themselves! LOL I need to go to JoAnn's to get grommets so I can make some valances for my sewing room. I haven't braved it yet. Good for you for being there early and congrats on your new thread storage! It looks colorful and fun and like the perfect sewing room addition.ReplyDelete
Hmmm, I think the enclosure is likely to be more comfy for your daughters's beautiful birds than the oven, so I hope that works out for everyone involved! Love the use of the decorative stitches, it didn't even occur to me that it wasn't FMQ until you said. Congrats on getting the thread and your lovely finish.ReplyDelete
You are so talented. So beautiful.ReplyDelete
Love the peacocks. They are beautiful too.
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LOL!!! One spool of thread, huh? LOVE your new thread cart! I've resisted that same cart any number of times. At 40% off, you got a good deal!ReplyDelete
Lockdown - joining the rest of us! I don't even want to think about the BBQReplyDelete
Lovely quilt, beautiful finish!ReplyDelete
I hope the birds enjoyed their last tanning session!
I had to chuckle at the peacock antics and punishment. Your quilt is just gorgeous, and you've made me want to go stand in line to see if I can get one of those thread organizers!!!ReplyDelete
Oh dear, naughty peacocks. They are such large birds with big feet so no wonder they are causing damage on the roof tops of the cars. Putting them in prison will keep them under control, but I bet they wont like it!ReplyDelete
That is a beautiful quilt design - nice finish! I braved Joann's, too, for some thread, but didn't come out with that handy storage container. Looks very useful for keeping your thread!ReplyDelete
I love the curvy line of those geese and a fine finish overall. I can't wait to go into a Joann's and walk around.....maybe by Wednesday that will be allowed here.ReplyDelete
What a nice job on your quilt! Love the colors, too. Oh, those naughty peacocks!ReplyDelete
Glad that boundaries are being set for the peacocks. My husband does not like the chickens making a mess on the porch even though I hose it off when it happens. Luckily they do not get on cars and we don't have any close neighbors. Whew...ReplyDelete
Glad to hear your trip to JoAnn's went well. Love your organizer. I have not been to JoAnn's yet. I did order a few things online and had them shipped to the house. Luckily shipping was free. Hope you find an alternative on the 4th of July menu.
Lovely block; a really unusual design. I am envious of your thread trolley; I could do with one of those for my scrap strips. Hmm, peacocks on the table at your 4th July feast. They were a regal dish in sixteenth century England! Would that make your party a right royal feast!ReplyDelete
Love your fabrics and the collaboration of the two quilt blocks.ReplyDelete
LOVE that quilt!! and so glad you were able to get the correct thread!! I also like your storage tower - sounds like a necessary purchase to me!! Thanks for also linking to Finished ( or not) Friday!! Your quilt is a great addition!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful finish!!! Not an extravagant purchase at all in my opinion. Win-Win!!!ReplyDelete
Peacock is India's national bird. Not common in the cities but can be seen in the countryside. Valued for their beauty and they eat snakes. Another win-win.
Your quilt is terrific -- the design and the quilting. The rainbow drawers are practical and a bright spot of color. And, oh, those peacocks -- don't their cries drive everyone crazy?ReplyDelete
So happy you were able to get out and get the thread needed to fix this because wow it's gorgeous! Love your quilting on it as well. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.ReplyDelete
I love that you used a stitch on your sewing machine to quilt this. It looks wonderful. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.ReplyDelete