A weekend of wrapping up
Working in the corner like this is really difficult and hard on every joint in my body. In other words, I'm not 17 anymore and had to finish this off in 3 sessions. But I got it done and now the last 3rd of the wall is ready for grouting. Technically I have until the end of the year but I'm anxious to get started on the next wall so I want this grouted soon. Maybe next week.
I either did mosaic in between dot making sessions or I made dots in between mosaic sessions. Whichever it was, I eventually finished both! All of the flower centers are made and basted to the borders near the corresponding blossom. Every where I had pins in the applique I replaced it with a little basting stitch. Who knows how long this is going to take and I don't want to risk pins rusting....although I'm not sure they do rust anymore.Regardless, I won't stick myself and bleed on the fabric either.
All of the leftover blocks, blossoms, lose petals and my drawings are packed up in this bin to be stored away until I get tired of seeing the bin and finally give the rest of this project away. I'm not ready to let go yet. Those blue blossoms are kind of calling me...because I'm borderline insane. As if the wall wasn't evidence enough of that.
The quilt top is safely stored in a cabinet but everything else I need for this project is in this bin. It has the binding fabric, 3 of the borders to be appliqued, the corners and extra floss.
As I work on a border I fold up the edges and safety pin them together and leave only the section I'm working on now. The pins won't hurt anything because I left some extra width that will be trimmed off when I put the quilt together. I cut floss into 3 lengths. Early on I measured how long pieces need to be for full petals, partial petals and centers. I have a ribbon length for each and can quickly precut a skein of floss into the right lengths. Looking at this photo I need to cut a skein of partial petals before I get back to stitching. All I need to carry with me are the thread reels, extra floss, little needle book an scissors. I wonder if I can get these scissors on a plane? Anyone know the answer to that?
This purple plastic folder has been my carrying case for this project from the very first petal. Hopefully it can hold together for the 4 borders.
The cutting table is clear and I'm ready to start a new project but it's a beautiful day today so Chris and I are going to take the day off and go for a little hike.
Tina in NJ
2/20/2017 12:17:28 pm
If those were my scissors I'd hesitate to bring them on the plane. However, they look like Fiskars, so they shouldn't be too hard to replace if confiscated. (They took hubby's Swiss Army knife at the Statue of Liberty just before a Hurricane Sandy.) Bonnie Hunter uses kindergarten safety scissors, or she used to. Trouble is, even if scissors meet the requirements, that doesn't stop them from being taken. Since your pieces are prebasted, you might want to avoid the hassle and get a thread cutter for the floss.
2/20/2017 02:56:54 pm
Those scissors will not make it on the plane. The point is to sharp and long. Maybe if you go to the Dollar Store and get kids blunt sissors, if they get confiscated you haven't lot a lot of money.
Must admit I can't wait to see what you might do with the blue flowers - not that I happen to like blue or anything (I'm sure I've NEVER mentioned that before!!). As for the scissors - I've heard too many horror stories about them being confiscated so I'd look into getting one of those pendant cutters just to be on the safe side.
2/21/2017 02:07:42 am
Congrats on finishing the mosaic work on your wall. It's gorgeous! As to your question about scissors on an airplane, I have successfully travelled 9th scissors in my carry on. I just checked the TSA rules and scissors with blades LESS than 4 inches are allowed, and they are supposed to have a sheath covering them. However, it is up to individual agents to make the final ruling. What a loophole! I'm guessing that the scissors you showed had blades longer than 4 inches.
I've had good luck taking my sewing and embroidery kits through security, but I take inexpensive scissors just in case. I don't go down to the level of kindergarten kids scissors, though, but I keep them small. It truly does rest on the discretion of the TSA screeners!
2/21/2017 07:53:39 am
If you only need to cut thread you can use a Floss dispenser. They will come apart at the seam and some of the plastic holders have enough room in them to hold 2 or 3 bobbins of thread. And the little blade cuts thread easily. It's light weight and easy to pack.
2/21/2017 08:36:45 am
I wouldn't attempt taking those scissors either. I think those are just like mine and I would truly hate to lose mine.
2/21/2017 11:35:39 am
You are so organized! Purl Soho has some scissors called Putford scissors. The blades don't look like more than an inch, but they have big finger holes. I remember the days when I took my 7" Gingher scissors on the plane!
2/21/2017 01:37:57 pm
I use Gingher embroidery scissors and have not had any problem taking them on-board a flight for about 10 years. TSA was much stricter in the early 2000s. That said, you can get a decent pair of folding embroidery scissors fro less than $15. They also have the advantage of folding up and keeping the tips protected.
2/21/2017 10:29:42 pm
(1) As a former tie-dyer (1988-2014), I love seeing what you do in that department. (2) I have so much enjoyed the creativity of you wall of mosaics. (3) When/if you decide to give away/sell the leftover flowers/petals from this project, please put my name at the top of your list. I have been button-hole stitching Quilty Circles in the evenings for a few months and have about reached the end of them [nearer 100 than 365]. I put the finished ones up on my design wall this afternoon, and I thought to myself, "What project can I take on next?" Thank you for sharing your life with us.
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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.