I am “Officially Finished” Amy and Bruce’s wedding quilt! The quilt has a binding, a hanging sleeve…..
…and a label!!
The thing that surprised me the most was how much I loved having a hand-quilting project to work on. I knew I would miss having something to stitch on in the evenings. I kept thinking about my unfinished blocks of “Bouquets for a New Day”. I only have 4 blocks left to finish…. and a sawtooth border that is not going to make itself!! Hopefully, I can get it finished in the near future so I do not suffer too long from “Hand-Quilting Withdrawal”!
I worked on this block today. I am auditioning my fabrics for something that says “vase” to me.
I love this bit of detail. It is ” reverse appliqued” so the background shows from underneath the leaf!
Til next time…..
Four years ago, I fell in love with this pattern! It is Sue Garman’s “Bouquets for a New Day”.
I finished eight of the 12 blocks and set them aside. Other projects called my name!
Do you recognize this blue fabric? It is one of the fabrics I used in Amy’s quilt.
I also have it in brown…and red…and green!
Anyway, I started thinking about these blocks and how much I would love to finish this quilt…soon!
But, I had a tiny problem. I was not in the habit of pre-washing my fabric four years ago. If I was going to have any surprises with colors running, I wanted it to be now and not later when the blocks were stitched into a quilt. So I decided to wash the finished blocks in Synthrapol. I am so glad I did! The excess dyes came out of the fabric…and down the drain!
While Jenny and I waited for the blocks to dry …
…I finished the 2nd block of Civil War Bride!!
Til next time…
You know the feeling when you are just about to finish a really good book? Part of you wants desperately to finish the book …another part of you wishes it would never end…because you will never enjoy a book as much as you did this one?
Well! That is exactly how I feel about Amy’s quilt. I am soooooo close to finishing, but I know I am taking my time because I have loved working on this quilt every step of the way. I am sad to see this journey come to an end!
I found the perfect place to stitch at the cottage! Tons of natural light and amazing scenery to keep me inspired!
I stitched and I stitched and then I stitched some more. Finally I finished all of the hand-quilting!
Once the label and binding are in place, then I will be Officially Finished!
I also had a chance to finish the latest block of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”….last night at midnight!
I gave the block a bath…..
……and then pressed it this morning!
Til next time…..
I was making some pretty impressive progress on Amy’s quilt. It was easy to sit and stitch while being inspired by the athletes competing in the Olympics. The trouble was, I was a little distracted. Every time I completed another few lines of the background quilting in the outer border, I said to myself….”Something looks a little off.” But, then I would look up at the TV and see that someone had just won a race, or a medal! And then I just kept on stitching!
Well! More than just a few hours (and lines) later, I noticed that I had marked some of the lines 1 1/4″ apart and some 1 3/4″ apart. Always one to look for the silver lining, I used this as an opportunity to test the Frixion marker I had used to mark the lines.
After I un-stitched all the background lines in the border (yikes!), I put some water in my steam iron and gave the lines a blast of steam. (Important note: The iron NEVER touched the quilt top. I held the iron a couple of inches from the quilt top.)
I must say I was bedazzled!! (See below.) The lines instantly disappeared…not a trace of any of the marking were left!
be·daz·zle (b -d z l). tr.v. be·daz·zled, be·daz·zling, be·daz·zles. 1. To dazzle so completely as to make blind. 2. To please irresistibly; enchant.
Til next time….
I am so excited to have finished the first block of The Civil War Bride Quilt!
I thought the pieces in the top right and left corners were leaves, so I made them green. After going on the Civil War Bride Quilt blog, I see that maybe they are supposed to be birds! (How did I not see that!?!) Anyway…leaves they will stay!
Every time I put Amy’s quilt down and leave the room, the cat decides it is nap time. I keep a lint brush handy at all times!
I am making pretty steady progress on Amy’s quilt. I have one side border completely done. I have turned a corner and now on to the second side.
The next block of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore” looks pretty challenging! (See below.) The fabric is pre-washed and I am ready to get started!
Calling for full use of one’s abilities or resources in a difficult but stimulating effort: a challenging course of study; a challenging role for an inexperienced performer.
Til next time…..
Is it just my imagination or is time whizzing by faster than normal? I looked at the calendar this morning and realized (much to my surprise!) that September 1 is not that far away.
Amy and Bruce are getting married on September 1 and I still have a fair amount of quilting to do on their quilt. Let’s be honest, there is a lot of quilting left to be done! The bottom right hand block still needs to be done, as well as the the borders. And it will need a binding…and a label….yikes!
I love putting hidden gems in my quilts. I found a fabric that had little sayings printed on it. I fussy cut 4 of the words and stitched them in to a flower on each border.
I used a Frixion marking pen to mark the quilting lines. I was thrilled to be able to mark the quilt top and not have the marks disappear before my eyes while I stitch. Brilliant!
Speaking of brilliant….. Solar Iced Tea!
Fill a large pitcher with a 8 cups of water. Toss in 6 tea bags and leave in the sun for 6-8 hours. Easy Peasy!
Til next time…….
I was progressing so nicely on my Feathered Star…then I ran out of the white background needed to make the borders. It’s every quilters nightmare! My local shop ordered in a bolt for me so I will pick it up today. While I have been waiting for the fabric to arrive, I have been stitching away on Block 7 of Friends of Baltimore. It is finally finished!!
There is a sashing of half-square triangles between each block so I am going to start making those soon. Here is what I have done so far!!
And, last but not least, I am slowly getting Amy’s wedding quilt hand-quilted. Time is flying and the wedding is less than 2 months away!
Til next time…..