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.