Saturday, September 30, 2023

Just a little more..........

Just 75" more to hand stitch on the binding.  I stitched for 3 1/2 hours last night with TV on to keep me company.  I'll probably stitch a little in the morning today and then finish in the evening.  My 65th class reunion is this afternoon at a classmate's house a little over 2 miles from where I lived as a child.  There might only be 15 of us out of a class of 48.  Some live too far away to come.  Many have passed and will be there in spirit as we talk about the good times of the class of 1958.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Binding time................

I got the binding cut and sewn onto this quilt after lunch yesterday.  I had a hard talking myself into starting the hand sewing.

I'm running out of time for a September finish on this one.  I like the dotty print next to this block.

I knew it would look good next to the purple block.  I have about half of one long side hand stitched so I see I will have a lot of sitting for a couple days.

I was hoping to have the African/batik quilt top layout done and the top sewn together too but I doubt I would have time to do both of these projects by midnight tomorrow night.


Thursday, September 28, 2023

Binding chosen...........

Decision made, the purple won.  Even though there aren't any prints in the quilt top, this dotty print picks up the colors in almost all of the blocks.  I didn't get it cut but it feels good to have the decision made.

While in the basement doing laundry, I put away some stacks of fabric.  I kept looking a this stack and thinking what a nice low volume quilt it would make.  Even just a simple quilt made with squares would be pretty.  I'm sure I have a lot more that could be added to them.

October is going to start with close to a week of 80 degree days.  That's quite a change from the cool rainy weather we have been having.  Yesterday we got almost 3/4 of an inch of rain with heavy rain just after midnight and then several showers throughout the day.  The tomatoes are mostly green so I hope they ripen with the warm week ahead.  They have been watered well with the nice rain.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

3 binding options...............

The search was on.  I knew there some fairly solid looking dotty fabrics from the very early designs by Kaffe, you know, the ones selling for $60 or more a yard to people who didn't know who Kaffe was until a few years ago and are beefing up their collection.  

This purple background dotty has colors that are in the stripes and shot cottons.

This blue one is even more solid looking with dots that don't have a high contrast.  It is called Freckles.

This red one is also called Freckles and I have the least amount of it but I do have enough to cut for binding.

All three look great with the backing fabric so it is just a decision which one.  I have the most of the purple so it would make sense to use it and still have some of the other 2 for other projects.  I thought in the beginning that I wanted red; I'm not sure now.  I'll give it a day of thinking and then decide.

Last night I sewed the last 6 duplicate blocks of the African and mottled batik 16 patch blocks.  That gives me 67 pieced blocks and 20 of the lime batik, 87 total.  I originally planned and 8 x 10 quilt, 80 blocks, 64" x 80".  If I go 9 x 11 I would have to make 12 more blocks and would end up with another quite large quilt at 72" x 99".  More decisions, more contemplating time.

I went to the grocery store early last evening and this was my odometer reading when I pulled into my parking place, 73,000.

It turned 72,000 on 2/6/22, almost 20 months ago. 1000 divided by 20 is 50 miles a month.  The grocery store and post office are 7 blocks from my house and the pharmacy 1 mile away.  W-mart is 3 miles and the gas station 4 miles.  The garden center I go to is probably at least 5 miles away. There isn't much else I need to go to and with all of the distracted drivers crossing the center line, I'm happy to have my van in the garage.  Less driving, more time playing with fabric and gardening.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

I did it................

After mentioning in Monday's post that I wanted to quilt this yesterday, I did it.  It has a lot of lines of quilting and I walked back and forth for 2 1/2 hours.

I used the channel locks for this one for straight lines.

I would call this thread color soft red.  It is redder than dark rose but much softer color than true red. 

This color blended in nicely with the soft colors in Kaffe's yarn dyed woven stripes and shot cottons.

I think there is enough backing fabric to use for binding but I'm not sure I want that Philip Jacobs print at the edge when there aren't any other prints in the quilt top.  One of the shot cottons would probably be best but they are so lightweight that I worry about them wearing well on the edge.  I'll be searching my stash today.

Monday, September 25, 2023

15 more blocks...............

There is nothing too exciting to look at from yesterday.  I sewed 15 more of the duplicate blocks for the African and mottled batik 16 patch quilt.

Outside: I mowed the grass.  We had rain on 4 different days last week so the grass was wet most of the week and the grass was getting tall.  It took 58 minutes total, in 2 sessions so I didn't overheat.  The neighbor north mowed too and also the lady across the street.  Now the south neighbor better catch up with all of us.

Today I hope I can quilt the top that is loaded on the longarm.


Sunday, September 24, 2023

Marcia arrived early..............


I love it when fabric is delivered earlier than tracking predicted.  Here are several photos of all 14 of Marcia Derse's new line called Marble Run.  I would say this is my favorite but then I would say that over and over as I show the rest.  I love all of it.  The name of this print is Marble Run.

This one is called Stick Stacks.  They are both vivid colors.

This is one group called Splash.

These are the final two colors of Splash.

Then I grouped some I might use together.

This is a more subdued group that could be used together.  All of the colors in this line go well with one of her other recent lines.  So now I have the fabric; next I need to come up with an idea for a quilt.  

I finished this quilt in 2016 and gifted it to a great niece last year.  I might make something similar with the new fabrics mixed into the stash of Marcia fabrics that I have.  That is unless a better idea takes center stage.