Hello Everyone! I just have a quick update today, plus something very special to share!
Most of the early part of the week was spent quilting the scrappy rainbow quilt. After stitching in the ditch along the length of each strip, I free motion quilted a heart ribbon candy style design in the white strip. Then I used the point to point method in the dot strip, quilting diagonally from one square to another, creating a diamond pattern. I also used the fabric dots as a guideline to help keep the lines somewhat straight.
I purchased a green print fabric for the binding on both Rainbow quilts. I’m not really happy with it on either quilt. The color is more muted than the brighter colors in both quilts. I’m going to have to re-evaluate the binding before I can finish these quilts.
After I finished the quilting, it was time to start sewing the sashing to the County Fair blocks. If you recall, I had a group that were 8 1/2″ and a group that were 8 3/8″. I sewed the 8 1/2″ group first. Before I sew the 8 3/8″ blocks to the 8 1/2″ sashing, I will find the center of the sashing and match it to the center of the blocks. This way, the block points should line up in the final quilt top. Basically, these blocks will be 1/16″ shorter on each end of the sashing.
I also pieced together one of the Pirouette blocks from the book A Scrapbook of Quilts by Joanna Figueroa and Carrie Nelson. Three more to go, then I can put together the wreath.
Now for my special presentation…
My wonderful daughter finished her thread painted embroidery of Vance Creek Bridge! I’ve shown you progress pictures from time to time and she finished it last week.
She drew the design from a picture that she took of the bridge when we visited the Pacific Northwest years ago. It’s been a work in progress for her for over a year. She learned this embroidery method from watching YouTube videos, like so many of us learn new things these days. I can tell you that there are lots and lots of stitches in this piece.
I’m a very proud Mom! Even though we do not craft exactly the same way, she has picked up the crafting and sewing bug. She recently bought a thrift store sewing machine and has already altered a thrift store skirt to fit her. She expressed interest in making a table topper, so I gifted her the mat, ruler and rotary cutter to get her started. When she’s here in September, I’ll show her how to baste a quilt and make binding or even go more simple and turn the topper without binding. I can only hope she’ll find as much joy in sewing as I have over the years.
That’s it for now! I hope you have a great rest of your weekend. Thanks for stopping by!