Monday, June 29, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
So done at last. I bound it in the cream back ground fabric. Yes the center block has a slightly difference back ground. I have no idea why I did that although I like it!I wish I could say that things are rather dull around here, but a minor dry rot and trim painting turned into a major roof replacement last week. I guess we can't complain to loudly as the old roof was 27 years old. This might put a bit of a dent in the quilt budget though.
For you fans of of my daughter's peacocks and ducks. One of her young male peacocks has been showing off for their little female peacock. She's a real snob it seems, poor guy resorted to flirting with a couple of the 13 ducklings my daughter's lady duck hatch earlier in the spring. Some guys just don't get a break.
Monday, June 8, 2020
I must admit that quilting this piece was interesting. I had all the appliqué pieces cut and the fuse was applied to them, but no pattern to see the layout of them. Once I started to quilt it I just sort of went crazy. About half way through I thought I had made a serious mistake, but it was too late so just kept going.
So I just kept quilting and quilting.
Well two and a half YLI spools of thread, yes over 1,000 yards of thread and it is done. In the end once I had it finished it looks pretty good. I am still toying with quilting in the red areas of the nine patches. The binding is on and hand sewn, but I could still do a bit more in that area. Maybe, maybe not!
I did finish off the appliqué work on these four blocks this past week as well. It will go to my guild's Warm Wrapping charity group. Often times a piece like this is used to provide a charity with an auction or fundraising items. It measures about 40 by 40, not a huge piece. They will provide a back and quilt it and I provided the binding.
My little quilting buddy Ginger just found the whole process just too much to deal with. While I ran yards and yards of quilting thread through the sewing machine, she decided to drop in her tracks and take a nap.
Monday, June 1, 2020
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.