A little bit of normalcy
Yesterday we finally got some rain to clear out the pollen. The pollen this year has been insane. I think everything bloomed all at once. We took advantage of the beautiful day and got the kayaks out on the neighborhood lake. This goose was keeping guard for the nest. If you look at the mound on the right you can see the female on the nest. He looks pretty calm here but I did get a little close for hos comfort earlier and he let me know.
We have our first Bluebird nest of the season too!
One thing I've been working on for a few weeks is dyeing a stash of quilt backs for veterans quilts. Of course, our quilt club isn't meeting but I expect that the next time we get together (probably June) that I'll have a ton of quilts to quilt. But I did have 2 tops of my own and one of Mom's and I got those done this week working on them in between masks.
I have a small stash of plaid fabrics and many of them are charm squares. I decided that I needed to use some of them and came up with this incredibly simple idea for a veterans quilt. The whole thing is based on a 4" grid. The finished size is SUPPOSED to be 48 x 60 but this one is 4" short and I didn't notice it until the top was done. It's OK, it's still a nice lap size and I fixed it with the next one.
Once I made the first one and saw how easy, but striking, it was I just had to make a second one and this one is the right size. I think it would be fun to carry this on through more borders for a larger quilt. It's a great way to use plaids. Well, at least I think it's a great way to use plaids.
The "solid" fabrics for both quilts are pieces left over fabric from other quilts that I've made. The tan was a backing fabric.
The wavy crosshatch was the way to go on these quilts. I got each one quilted in about an hour. and since I had pre-cut the binding, the finishing was fast too. It feels so good to accomplish something other than masks!
The backing is a hand dyed gray-brown. I don't know how long it will be before the VA is taking quilts again but these 2 will be ready.
I"m going to quilt one for Mom and maybe 2 more as I'm waiting on an ordered batt for the vintage flower quilt that I'm going to do next.
4/9/2020 10:48:46 am
Kayaking sounds great! And nice plaid quilts.
4/9/2020 11:33:36 am
Nice photo of the geese! Looks like a wonderful little outing. I like the wavy quilt finish. Hoping to get back to quilt projects soon.
4/9/2020 06:57:10 pm
This IS a striking design, and so simple. My QoV rep cancelled her drop off today indefinitely. I'm rather relieved as I really want to concentrate on my projects without any pressure. Beside there are no presentations for the foreseeable. I think she just doesn't want her pile of flimsies to get back to the ceiling again!! BTW you were the one who spurred me on to quilt QoV, you are my heroine in many ways. Jeesh, I'm so emotional these days.
4/10/2020 08:16:50 am
Blooming? Too funny. Aside from some daffodils and crocus, not much here. This morning left a white covering, not of pollen, but snow. Love the quilts.
4/10/2020 02:13:03 pm
The quilts turned out lovely! That was homespun right?
Vicki in MN
4/10/2020 08:55:39 pm
Vicki, these are great quilts especially nice for a guy one. And I do have a stash of plaids that I have been trying to figure out what to make! Thanks for the idea:)
4/18/2020 11:33:45 am
I agree - it's a great way to use plaids. So happy to see the bluebirds have returned. Pollen hasn't really started here - at least not that I've noticed as yet. Still able to open the windows every day but that will stop once the trees start to leaf out. Dreading the day when my allergies hit because then I won't DARE go out anywhere for fear people will think I have the virus.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.