I have been a busy bee lately,
flitting from one project to the next
and then back again.
So here's a quick roundup of where things are
at the moment.
My flowering snowball is quilted,
and the binding is attached
and glue-basted to the back.
It's exactly what I envisioned it to be.
Part of me wants to sell it;
But part of me want to keep it,
because really -
it is perfection in a quilt.
My Sleeping Porch Series
is nearing completion.
Quilt #1 is only lacking 56 inches of hand quilting
(so - 1 episode of Hawaii 5-0, plus another 10 minutes)
which I thought was going to be the quickest
and easiest of the sisters,
has turned out to be a smidge more challenging than anticipated,
and still requires probably 4-5 more hours of work.
(but I am in love with the quilting - a first for me, I believe)
#3 has been made mostly in the margins;
I'd make 2 blocks here,
and 4 blocks there
and one day, I had no more blocks to make.
I spent most of Saturday working on it,
first filling in all of the extra spots,
sewing it all together until I had a top.
Which I immediately basted to the batting,
then added a few lines of ditch stitching with invisible thread.
After that, I spent some time with youtube,
learning how to quilt swirls.
while I was cooking dinner,
I practiced my quilting on the fridge using a dry erase marker.
When I felt reasonably comfortable with that,
I practiced my swirls on a little sandwich
made of lawn scraps (from the backing of my flowering snowballs)
warm and white batting
and a square of leftover sheet.
Once I'd covered my practice sandwich with swirls
- twice -
I moved on to the real thing.
I'm not thrilled with the quilting,
but it's plenty passable,
and most of the wobbles will disappear in the wash.
All that's left,
is to trim and bind it.
We will (finally) be giving Jordan her quilt
so photographing it has moved
to the top of the priority list.
I've been mulling over it for months,
I still don't know where I want to take the pictures...
I still have my huge test block to turn into something usable,
and I am at the very beginning stages
of a new commission project
which I am very excited about.
And of course,
I remain neck deep
in a major house-building project.