Hello Everyone! I hope you’re week has been a good one! I spent some time catching up on my quilt and cross stitch journal pages for some different projects, I don’t like them to get too far behind. I always feel productive after I’ve done that. I am ready to start quilting a few things, too.
First though, I had a great time on my “field trip” with the Lakeside Quilters to Harrisonburg and the Virginia Quilt Museum and some shopping in the afternoon.
It’s always so interesting to see collections of quilts that represent an era or technique. The museum had both types of collections. If you are ever traveling on I-81 past Harrisonburg, VA and have an hour or so, it is worth the visit. The collections are rotated frequently and there are old and new quilts to enjoy. They asked that we not share photos of the quilts on social media, but you can visit the website to have a glimpse at the museum. We had lunch at a bakery down the street, then proceeded on to the shopping experience.
Our first shop was Patchwork Plus in Dayton, just down the road. It’s a large store that had a nice variety of fabrics. I was able to pick up some Fig Tree fabrics while I was there. The large piece will be the backing for the County Fair quilt and the bundle of fat quarters is from the Strawberries and Rhubarb line. The last group is a mix of All Hallows Eve (which I have some of already) and Pumpkins and Blossoms, which I picked up at Sew Classic Fabrics, our second stop.
The green fabric is from a Brenda Riddle line that I plan to use for binding. I liked the two fabrics on the right, so I decided a fat quarter of each should come home with me. Since I will be quilting a lot soon, I made sure to get some new spools of my favorite quilting colors in Aurifil’s 50 wt cotton thread.
Speaking of quilting…
It’s been a productive week but not an exciting week. I finished the Quilty Stars top last Sunday, then had to pick fabrics for the back and binding. I also pieced the back for both the Moda Rainbow and the Strippy Rainbow quilts so I could spray baste them. These are not my favorite quilt tasks, but they must be done.
I spent Thursday morning spray basting the quilts. This is the finished Quilty Stars top and as you can see, it went together very well after all my figuring and measuring.
Here are the rainbow quilts. I will quilt them fairly simply (I think) and let the colors shine.
It’s going to be hot here next week, so a good time to stay in and quilt. Before I start quilting, though, I want to finish the last four County Fair blocks and make a small pin pillow out of a cross stitch finish.
I hope you have some fun plans for the week and thanks for stopping by.