Monday, March 29, 2010
Hi everyone, it's been ages since I posted here I know and I haven't even got a progress photo to show you!! I've been busy, busy, busy with other things...........!! I just wanted to say welcome to all the new ladies who've joined us since Christmas, it's lovely to 'see' new faces. I'm still getting joining requests a couple of times a month which is fabulous and amazing! I've probably said it before but I still get blown away by the response to this blog/group. Congratulations Susi and Teresa, finishing your tops, wow! You did such a great job both of you, we all can't wait now to see them quilted (no pressure there of course girls), such inspirations the two of you. Oh yes, the 'deadline' title!!! Well yesterday I was talking to Lorraine from Bizarre Quilter at my local quilt show and we made a decision to finish both our CWBQs in two years (sorry Lorraine, didn't I say I was going to publish it? Lol!) and display/enter them into the 2012 show here at Ballan, together! Now is that a challenge or what?? Actually, I'm really happy with that, having a little local challenge/deadline in such a global group is wonderful isn't it?? 24 months to do 11 more blocks and the borders! When I started this journey last July I said that I didn't want this quilt to become another UFO, tucked away on a shelf, waiting for me to finally finish it!! Unlike Teresa and Susi ( I have so much admiration for both of you) I can't dedicate myself to one project alone, I find that I have to flit around, start different things, do a bit of this and a touch of that all at the same time! I get itchy fingers and a twitch in my eye when I see new projects ;o)!!! The challenge for Lorraine and I is to finish by 2012, but realistically I know that if we don't, we will both still be OK with that! Won't we Lorraine?? So here's another little challenge, all you ladies (you know who you are) that haven't started yet, jump on in, do a block and let us all see what you're up to!! Go on, you can do it, we know you can.........!!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
After my false start with those ostrich toes, I have my first two blocks finished. It took me a little while to decide what method of applique I wanted to use and then a little while longer to get my needle turn skills brought back up to par, but I am now under way and enjoying the process. I just love the way the applique fills each block in this quilt. I am well into my third block and would like to get another one prepared. I kind of like having a couple blocks going at a time so I can switch back and forth if I get tired of doing one thing. So for now... Happy Stitching all Cheri
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thread basted and ready for hand quilting! I used up 3 small spools of my Mom's old discarded polyester thread (the ONLY use for that old stuff...well...maybe birds could use it in theiur nests...). My hubby walked by at one point and thought that it was so closely basted that I need not hand quilt it!! I don't want anything on this sucker shifting! I usually baste a 3 inch wide grid, but this is more like 2 inches or less in some places, especially on the borders.
I have a month and 3 days to quilt it if it will be finished in time to be entered into the Sauder Village Show in northwest Ohio. I think I am insane, but I am going to go for it! I used to hand quilt for hire, so I am pretty speedy. I figure I need to average a block and a half a day...that's fifteen days. Then there are the borders... oh, I am definitely insane!!
Wish me luck!!
In stitches (and in-sane!!),
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Yippee!! I've joined Susi in the celebratory glass of wine! The top is finished and I plan to baste it tomorrow in preparation for hand quilting. I'm sorry the picture is so dark...it would no longer fit on my design wall in the basement and I tried to pin it up in the shop classroom for a picture, but the lighting was not as good as I had hoped. I will try for better lighting with the next post.
I wanted blank places to feature hand quilting, so I decided to draw my own borders using a few of Corliss's motifs and doing a few of my own.
Even though I made changes to Corliss's pattern to better reflect my family, I will be forever grateful to her for making this wonderful pattern. It has been a great journey through the blocks...I've had input from the husband, the daughter, and countless talented quilting friends. It has taken a village and I really appreciate all the input from them, all the ladies participating on this blog and the quilt blogging community as a whole. Thank you Lizzie for this great quilting community!
Now...who will have finish number 3?????
Thursday, March 18, 2010
i think the borer was nearly so much to applique as the middle was,but now it`s done and i am glad,i shall handquilt it in our holidays in sweden,so my DH must cook and dish and... i had to make some changes on the borders because i made it a bit wider to have more space for quilting.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Had a great time finishing up this block at a quilt retreat that I attended this past weekend. Not much to say about this block, except lots of curves on the leaves and circles! Here's a secret: On the bird's right wing, the print was distracting so I took a small piece of same fabric and covered the distracting design and gave the wing a "cleaner" look. Can't tell, can you?
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
I've been beating my head against the wall trying to make a decision about sashing or not. I was on the fence; my friends were definitely for it. I went ahead with a skinny one...only 0.75 inches finished. I like that the eye has somewhere to rest, but it seems so stark...needs borders, I guess.
When I put the blocks on my design wall without sashing, I felt a little overwhelmed with how busy it felt. I think I need to sleep on it...