May 07 11
We’re finally entering the home stretch of preparations for Quilt Market and there is a light at the end of the tunnel…in just a couple of weeks, I’ll be able to quilt purely for the fun of it, and I can’t wait!! I have a couple of old, unfinished projects that I’m eager to get back to as well as tons of new ones that have me chomping at the bit!! Here’s a bit of what I’ve been working on this week…
This is a table runner (or door banner) with coordinating place mats called “Feathers A La Carte.” Ernie thought of that name in about 3 seconds and I love it! I wasted a lot of time shooting photos of it and never did get a photo that came anything close to the real colors. Here’s another shot of it on our dining room table:
I rarely make anything but quilts, so it was gratifying to start and finish a project so quickly. The pattern for this should be available in the next week. I also made some headway quilting my die sampler quilt. Here’s a shot of the bottom bird panel as I had just started adding some background quilting:
Do you see that blue print fabric that’s folded over on the far right? That’s the binding. I am rushing to make a deadline, so the machine portion of the binding is already on when only about 20% of the actual quilting is done. I do this a lot when there’s a gun pointed at my head to finish a quilt fast. When I brought it downstairs tonight, about 30% of the quilting was done but I was able to bind 3 of the 4 sides of it tonight. It works ok to do things in this order if you’ve done a really great job of basting the quilt, and that’s another thing I love about spray basting. Here’s a better shot (more realistic colors) of half that panel as it sits folded and waiting for hand-binding:
I finished in-lining the last of the applique shapes on this quilt tonight and my last 2 blocks were wreath blocks. I cheat as I move from one plume to the next. If you look really closely, you can see the tiny Invisifil threads that travel between plumes:
The only downside to this is trying to see all those tiny threads later when you go back to snip them! Excuse me now; I’ve got a lot of threads to snip!