Monday, December 3, 2018
In Gander, my home town, I came across this pattern...it called my name despite the fact I'm really not supposed to add to my Christmas "stuff"...I'm supposed to downsize and get rid of some things. But this one was fun to do and I really like it. It tickles my funny bone. The top reindeer is "Chilly" , he's got snow on his ears, head and nose and his teeth are grimacing with cold...poor baby...the second one was supposed to have ornaments on his antlers...didn't have any so I hung snowflakes ...ergo his name is "Flakey" and the third one has Christmas lights on his antlers and his name is "Bulby". The fourth one is , of course, "Santy". The designer did not name them, I did... yeah, I know I'm just a big kid at heart.
Monday, November 19, 2018
You can see Tigger's feet at the top...she is checking it all out...not sure if she approves or not.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Anyway, I really liked this one so I puttered away and finished this portion tonight. There is supposed to be another border...a darker blue ...it's nice and I like it but I really prefer to make quilts that will fit a bed and this one does not. Soooo.....I have to decide whether I am going to make this a lap type quilt or buckle down and add wider borders and some more applique and make it a bed size quilt...I could do that since I have a quilt in the frame I am hand quilting now and it will take me a while to get done. Trouble is, I am not sure what I want to put in another border...I'm thinking ...holly and lights like the ones around the Ho Ho square...not all the way around...maybe two opposite corners and leave some space for some fancy quilting...which I love to do....any suggestions?
On another note, this is what we saw out our patio window yesterday....a momma and DH thinks ...last year's fawn. Whatever , they had a great feed.....
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
doing any sewing or applique
Once we got home and things settled down I took the patterns out and started working on them. Two things ......I did not provide fabric for ALL the pieces of the pattern and would have been royally p.o'd if I had tried to work on them. Secondly, some of the fabric was decidedly too Christmasy and this really is not a Christmas quilt as much as it is a winter quilt.....I would not have been
Now it is winter with a little Christmas thrown in. The other thing that I could have put a little more thought into is the fabric used for the borders...the dark green . Perhaps I should have mixed that up a little. There is another border that goes on...I'm thinking of adding some more red to it...there are cornerstones with stars in them...that should work...anyway, it is hand appliqued and will finish at 88 by 100...big enough to be a winter quilt on our bed. It goes into the frame to be quilted ( by hand) probably next week...
Sunday, October 21, 2018
First, I took of the binding....carefully since I no longer owned this quilt. Then I attached 12 inches of fabric all around the backing by folding back the front and batting and sewing it on....it is the blue of the front ...even though the original backing is a beige to brown shade(couldn't find anymore of that fabric). Then I folded back the backing and batting and attached the front borders. I decided to add a slightly darker shade of turguoise than the larger border...three borders in all...two inch, two inch and 6 inch.....I mitered them for a more aesthetically pleasing finish. Then I folded back the backing and front and carefully attached more batting using that wonderful silk like tape that works wonders with attaching batting.
I then put this great big quilt into my Hinterberg frame , just using the front rail and the second rail. I used a lot of pins and pulled as tightly as possible and hand quilted the rest of this big blue baby. Guess what! it Worked! I just had to put it on my bed and take a picture. Look at how big it is on a queen sized bed. It is now 108 by 108...a big girl for sure. I just hope the lady that bought it is as pleased as I am with it. I really hate to part with it. I knew it would garner interest because it is stunning when hung out full sized.....ain't nothin' like a scrap quilt. Anyway, it goes to its new home today. I will miss it.. oh well......I could always make another...it's not like I don't have some extra material.....LOL!