It sure has been quite a spell, eh?
Well, we have been through a lot in the last several months and it seems things just refuse to slow down anytime soon here. I am now located in Republic, MO., and absolutely LOVE living here!! It is just so peaceful, there aren’t words that do it justice. Even though this environment is picturesque for a quilter(or even a writer or painter, ya know, those artsy-fartsy types as the hubby calls ‘em), sadly I have not managed to get much quilting done. Now I did say much, and not none. ;-)
Grandson(Alex) is obsessed with anything spiders or “skel’ton”, as he says, and has been asking for some time for a skel’ton blanket. Well, gramma finally got with it and got it done. The pattern is not mine, it is found in the “Dare To Be Square” book by Boo Davis. I love, love, LOVE this book! All of the patterns are so cute and easy to get together.
**I do not know if there are updates to this pattern or not, but I did find that some of the cutting instructions are in error. Make sure to read first and be prepared to swap out some pieces a few times to keep the pattern correct. I think I had 3 or 4 times where I had to swap like that or was short a piece**.
Alex picked out the fabrics from my stash and scraps, so it is truly all his. It has flannel for the batting and was quilted with a giant spider web motif using an off-white thread and my trusty walking foot. Bound by using the backing to wrap round the edges to the front and stitched in place using the serpentine stitch(~) on my machine. It really was a lot of fun to make, with very little brain power involved. I organized all the pieces into 3 piles, Blues, Greens, and White. Then just made sure blues and greens alternated.
As I said, we relocated from OKC to here back in late April.., well, most of my stuff is here except for my one and only cutting mat and all of my rotary cutters! Those are still in storage in OKC. :-( Now, how the hell did I miss packing those up for MO?? UGH!
So, all pieces for this quilt were marked and cut using the old template and scissors method. I see why rotary was so quick to catch on, let me tell ya. What an “experience” that turned out to be. I reckon all ya’ll wanna see the pics then, huh? Oh, alright.., let’s get to gettin’ then.
Isn’t that just super cute?!! I just love this as it’s not too scary or macabre for a 5 yr old, and the color choices he made give it a sorta piratey/Caribbean flavor. The spider web sorta shows here on the back but, is much better in person. The effect turned out great as I never see an actual web until I have put my hand, or face rather, right into it. So, win-win.
Now this pic(above) is the results of something new I tried. I have a hard time trying to make labels for my quilts that “fit in” with the overall theme. They always stand out and take attention away from the actual quilt. So.., this time I added the label info into the stitching that holds the binding. It is on the front of the quilt and actually blends in very well. I am sure at some point(when the little guy learns to read) he will notice that it says “~Alex~Matheny~Love~Gramma~Paula~Matheny~Republic,MO.~July 30,2014~” along one side of the binding. If not, I will be sure to show him. ;-)
Other than this one quilt, wow I am so behind my normal here, I have gotten the 8 pink inner star points done on our anniversary quilt. I just don’t know if I will ever get this one done, let alone what the hell WAS I thinking when I started it. LoL! My hand piecing has gotten much better and consistent though, so I reckon that is a plus. I have to mark and cut out the 16 blue points and then start on them.
But first I am back on the treadle working on a single Irish Chain I started last fall. I just love my old girl, she is such an easy-laid-back kinda girl and never gives me any trouble.
Well, shoot, I was gonna drop a pic in of that quilt top but forgot that the pic is on my cell and not the ‘puter. Have to work on that this week for ya. I reckon that’s all I got for now, maybe now that we getting all settled in I can keep up with this better..? I sure hope so, I miss all ya’ll stopping by. So, til next time Happy Quilting!