Sometimes ya just gotta step away and refocus. Or in my case, get my head straight and find that drive again. Which I did, I think.
We currently have Dish Net for our ISP, which I do not recommend, and as such internet service is slower than old dial-up. Having said that, I must apologize for not being able to see where my blog left off. So I am just gonna jump in and go from here. If I miss an update ya may be curious about, please holla at me and I will catch ya up. That said, “Here we go, paw-paw!”
Superman has been shelved and needs an overhaul of the center logo. It has been ripped out and something else will be put in its place. Not exactly sure what just yet but am thinking something spiral-y to contrast the sharpness of the Trip Around The World. Still drafting that one out though so not much progress there.
The scrappy strip quilt did get finished in time for Christmas! I did take the suggestion of adding applique to it and quilted it using a butterfly panto. Bound with a scrappy binding and it was very well received by my sons fiance. Here is a pic of that one:
Of course, that was before being bound. I always forget to get a final pic, too excited to have it quilt up good I reckon. LOL!
Let’s see what else I’ve been up to…? Oh yeah, I managed to crochet myself a warm but lightweight sweater. I love it a lot and wear it as much as possible. My oldest loved it so much he asked for one in green. Almost got that one done as well.
Using a pattern from Marcia Hohn(sp?) over at quilterscache.com (Sweetheart Chain), I got this top done for a dear friends daughter:
Contrary to the pic, it does lay flat. LoL! I added the appliqued hearts to perk it up as I thought it was a bit boring. Last Saturday, I got it all loaded up on the long arm and started the stabilizing stitching to get it quilted. Well…., “See, what happened was..” someone, not naming names here, kinda, sorta, forgot to tighten the screw that holds the needle in and.. well… Ugh! It fell out and jammed in the bobbin casing. 20 mins and a pair of pliers later, I did manage to get all 3 pieces of the needle out of it and. Ah hell, I admit it, I broke it. It now needs re-timed and probably a trip to the repair shop as the thread take up ring around the bobbin housing just spins freely, which causes the needle to hit. Oh well, back to the dsm for quilting. It’s all good.
This is what I have done so far on it:
I am using a variegated thread in purples for the quilting on this one. So far, I am liking the effects I am getting. The orange print for the pieced hearts is from the 1960s and has all the colors of the appliqued hearts in it. I am just not a fan of how purple the background became using this print. By itself, it was a very pale lavender. Funny how the print darkened it, huh?
Last up, is the Radiant Star I am hand piecing. This one is slow going but I really enjoy the process. I have never done hand piecing on this scale before but am glad I decided to go this way. I started with 5-6 stitches per inch and have progressed to 8-9 stitches per inch. I am shocked at the difference! I do pin, a lot, but do not use a thimble. That is just not happening. After a few hours of stitching, my fingers are rather sore so it sits for a few days and then I pick it back up. This pic shows only 3 of the 8 pink points, I now have 4 done. The other 16 points will be done in blues, with a white background. Not sure if I will follow the design for the border though, may do something of my own there.
Once done, if ever, it will be hand quilted and set for an Heirloom quilt to pass down. I already see that I am gonna have to add something between the center star and the 2nd round as those blended way too much. No worries, I have a plan in mind already. Worse case, I will rip those 8 center diamonds out and replace. Reckon I will figure that out when I get them all done.
So. That’s where I am at this point in time. Pretty sure I covered everything but most likely not. Something about too many irons in the fire is running through my head but, it is what it is. The life of a quilter. Happy Quilting everyone!