This month is flying by but I’m not so much looking at the ‘to be done’ list as feeling a sense of accomplishment at a couple of completed projects.
The first is a quilt that I pieced a year ago and then put it aside, discouraged because I ran out of the tonal white. The blue batiks were collected from too many shops to even remember. For a woman who quilts, the store bought blue coverlet on my bed is a little embarrassing, so out came the top and Kona white came to the rescue. The piano keys were tedious because I only had bits and pieces of blue left, thankfully enough to make the border. I used a variegated blue thread for the quilting (and I don’t usually like dark thread on light fabric), a feather and scroll pattern to soften the big white spaces and splurged with a silk batting. This quilt took 9 bobbins of thread and many hours on the long arm. However did people hand quilt queen size quilts? I am in awe of anyone who still hand quilts large projects.
The second project I completed was a simple one that I had seen on Pinterest. I started with a mini charm pack from the Gardenvale collection and chose a soft grey and teal. It was fun to piece, went together quickly and I tried a new chevron pattern for the quilting. I also used a great wide backing called Text in White. This top would be great in so many different color combos.
And a quick peek at my red/white&black project for February from a book called Sew In Red that Pam brought in to share with us. It is pieced but not yet quilted. I used Kona Chinese Red and one of my favorite black & white prints —Midnight Train from Tamara Kate’s Origami Oasis. This is a baby quilt but could easily be adapted to a bigger size. It took an hour to cut and an hour to piece. Zebras — I love them.
As we were filling orders today we remarked on a really nice selection of fabric that someone had ordered. We always wonder the finished projects will look like, so be sure to use your social media of choice to share photos with us!