Finishes and starts
When I write my blog posts now I take photos on my phone and use the Weebly app to upload them then I have to go to the computer to write the text because the Weebly app is kind of crap. Anyway, all that is to say that I've uploaded the photos and as I started writing this post I realized that I left a couple of things out and I'll share those later this week.
The first thing I finished was the binding on these 2 veterans quilts. I pieced these while I was on vacation from some of the kits that I cut out earlier this summer. Both of these are from the 6" HST Accuquilt die. They were fast to cut, fast to sew and fast to quilt. I love both of them. All I had left to do was the binding and that the first thing on my weekend list.
The quilting is very simple wavy lines. This motif is super fast and results in a very soft and cuddly quilt.
I also got the binding on the safari placemats. I forgot to take a photo of them. I may save sharing them until I get napkins made for them.
There was a lot of football watching this weekend so I did a lot more crochet (another missing photo) than quilting. I'm about half done with the pocket shawl for Mom.
I did get into the basement to make some final decisions on quilting the postage stamp. Here are the 2 threads that I was deciding between and, in the end, I didn't like either of them!
So I went back to the cabinet for more options. Please ignore the quilting motifs, the machine was pushing up against the zipper edge and I couldn't get a smooth feather. But this is on scrap fabric and just for the purpose of selecting colors. I've decided that I like the brown the best. It's actually darker than it looks in this photo. So the machine is cleaned, oiled, set with a new needle and ready to go this weeek.
I even worked out some ideas for the border. I've got to try to keep the quilting from being too dense. This is a bed quilt, not a show or wall quilt. This is what I want to focus on this week.
The other thing I want to do this week is to come up with a way to safely pack up these because they are going to be delivered to my SIL and niece. I won't have to display them anymore. I can just drive to their house and see them displayed there!
I have an idea for a packing and storage design, I just need to get on with doing it.
I know someone will ask so I'll say here that, no, I will not miss them. For me the joy is always in the making and I'm done making these. I started about 30 years ago and it's time for someone else to enjoy them. My SIL has a white tree in her new house and these will be beautiful displayed on her tree and other people will actually see them. No one sees them at my house. They will be loved in their new home in Newport News.
9/20/2021 11:27:23 am
Love the veteran's quilts!
9/20/2021 05:06:50 pm
I am grinning about those ornaments. We think a lot alike. You will surely enjoy seeing them more when you don't have to put them up and take them down.
9/20/2021 05:21:06 pm
How GRAND that your SIL will use and enjoy those ornaments. Hours and hours of enjoyment during the making - but now they will be off to a new life which, in the grand scheme of things, is very very good.
9/21/2021 08:44:40 am
Love those ornament, they will look spectacular on a white tree. Look forward to seeing how you do the quilting on that black.
9/21/2021 09:14:25 am
The veteran quilts turned out wonderful. I am glad you could experiment on the edge of the postage stamp quilt and were able to get the right color of thread picked. Those ornaments are something else! You will have to get a picture of the white tree decorated with these to post so we can see what it looks like with all those gorgeous ornaments on it.
9/21/2021 09:24:13 am
I have seen lots of variegated thread on black and I like it. You can find the variety of colors and it shows up great!
9/21/2021 09:41:13 am
Your ornaments are so beautiful. I’m glad I have ha: the opportunity to see them on your upside down tree.
Karen from Michigan
9/21/2021 02:37:55 pm
I love the ornaments! It will great to see others display and enjoy them, and still be able to visit them.
9/21/2021 06:29:06 pm
I'm sure the choice of using brown thread is going to be great but I must admit to just being a tad disappointed you didn't go with the blue....just sayin'.
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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.