Monday, May 15, 2017

I want all of the projects in the whole world

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.

and the binding is attached
and glue-basted to the back.

I love this quilt so much!!
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,
after dinner
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
this weekend,
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.


1 comment:

  1. That star quilt looks fabulous, and that scaffolding is perfect for the photos shoot.


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