Archive for August, 2009
These two tops are from my friend Cecile – I’ll quilt these and donate them (they’re both so cute!)
And from Nancy, a stack of backings already pieced for my HeartStrings quilts. I can’t tell you what a huge time saver it is to have backings pieced for so many of the donation tops. Between Sheree, Tish, and these ones from Nancy I’m in good shape and I’ll be sending some of the backings to Maine next month for the quilts we’re going to tie at the sew-in.
This one was a bit of a challenge because the strings are flannel and there was a lot of bulk. There are a couple more flannel ones in the group they sent and I’m leaning toward taking those to Maine next month and tying them.
- piece some more diamond string blocks – check
- piece and machine stitch a binding — Three done not just one
- finish up instructions for the diamond string blocks – done and posted
- load and start quilting a top – pieced the batting, loaded, and quilted
I’m not. I piece blocks in sets, throw them up on the design wall and admire them for a while. See those bright reds? They were scattered across the top but kept distracting me so I put them to work creating a secondary diamond.
40 blocks done, I need to make a decision about borders soon. I usually don’t border my string quilts but I think I want this larger without having to make it 2 rows wider.
On to binding for a bit.
I decided to work on a rectangle string quilt — similar to the one I have instructions posted except that one was color coordinated to the border I was using and this one has everything but the kitchen sink. I also cut my black center strings narrower (1.5 inches versus 2).
This was a black frame but it didn’t show up against my photo so I changed it to white. Not sure why it’s showing with the outline — I expected it to blend into the blog background like the one above.
I’d thought about quilting a grid on it but realized that there were flowers and hearts just like my Wandering Dasies pantograph that was still on the table from quilting Lindsey’s quilt so I used that one.
Chesty doesn’t usually spend much time with me downstairs because there’s not a window he can look out but he’s been missing me this week and came down to visit for a while today.