The best part of this weekend (besides the beautiful weather) was being able to sew with my quilt club friends Friday and Saturday. I missed the January meeting and February was canceled for weather so I was really needing a fix. This is my project for sewing weekends for the moment. I've got all the blocks cut out and only 40ish left to sew together. I've been really iffy on this one but I'm feeling better about it now. Imagine that 2 of the 6" x 12" blocks makes 1 12" square block. That's how it will be constructed. It will be king size so if you look at this as the lower left corner is the center block you can see the gradation from light to dark in one quadrant. It will be 9 blocks by 9 blocks so there are 4 more columns to the left and 4 more rows below. All 4 corners will be dark and the center will be light. I think my friend will actually like it and not pretend to like it just because I made it. She's one of those people who would love a pile of sculpted garbage if she knew that you made it for her. She's absolutely batty for the postcards that I send to her. Green is her favorite color so that's why the green frames.
I sure do love the effect of the waste fabrics in the windows of the green blocks!
After sitting on my backside for 2 days I needed some exercise. Chris has chopped a lot of wood so I got my workout in by stacking all of it. This is just the start of what we are gathering to put in for next winter.
I also almost caught up on my videos for Bethanne Nemesch's feather quilting class. I'm on the one where we learn feathered wreaths, setting triangles and borders. I have NEVER been able to do a feathered center. These aren't "perfect" but they are perfect for me. This class was worth it just to learn to do these! I'm going to practice feathers on some of the veterans quilts that I have coming up. I really hate practicing on practice fabric. I need a purpose with my quilting. I prefer to practice on real quilts and I have a few good candidates in the veterans quilt stack.
Sunday morning I delivered 22 veterans quilts to our VA contact. She lives on the other side of the county from me so it's about 45 minutes to get there and back but I learned that she's moving about 5 minutes away next month. Future deliveries will be very easy.
That trunk that they are stacked on belonged to my Grandmother. She gave it to me before I went to college and it's been everything from a coffee table, foot stool and end table for 40 years. It's now a suitcase rack for guests and display for finished veterans quilts.
After running errands Sunday afternoon I finally sat down to finish piecing the corners for the big star.
Then I started on the little star. That inside curve is a beast! But if I can get 4 done a day I'll be able to start putting the quilts together this weekend.
The weather this week is going to be pretty crummy so sewing seems the best plan of action.
3/15/2021 11:53:41 am
I love your windows quilt! And your feathered wreaths look great to me.
3/15/2021 12:09:30 pm
22 Veterans quilts - that's fantastic!
3/15/2021 12:45:50 pm
I just love the greens quilt. It is right up my alley. All the shades and mixtures- just gorgeous!
3/15/2021 07:34:37 pm
The green quilt is going to be so striking!
3/16/2021 08:32:32 am
The green frame quilt is coming together. It is looking much better as you added more to it. I really like the feathered wreath on the right. It is much more interesting than the one with all the feathers the same size. I agree that practicing on the veteran's quilts is a good idea. Your feathers look really good now so I know they will even get better!
3/16/2021 08:56:09 am
First of all - those feathers look amazing. I like the "uneven" drops best. I guess that speaks to my love of "wonky" design. Practicing on the veteran quilts will be an excellent idea. I know that some who donate quilts have quilting that is far less nice than your "imperfect practice." (Looks pretty perfect to me. I could nitpick but I know I can't do that well.)
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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.