It took me a while but the 1000 Pyramid top is done. I will probably end up trimming those sides even but I haven’t decided for sure so I’ll leave it for now. I like the irregular edges on the tumblers but I think I’m going to like this one better with straight edges.
The problem with working on multiple projects is that progress seems slow. I’ve made a few more rows on the Pyramid quilt, the Hexagons are all sewn into rows and off the design wall now. The hard part will be hand sewing all the rows together!
And up on the design wall, my HeartStrings blocks were arranged and assembled. Nice to have something finished and yes, I do consider an assembled top a finish! This one will go to Big Canoe for quilting – I’ve just set my dates for the beginning of March but already have tops to quilt for Mom and my Aunt so we’ll see how many of mine I get done.
Travel and family time are fun but I’m ready to finally be back in my sewing room! I’ve got several December goals to work on the rest of the week with the aim of finishing up as much as I can before the New Year arrives and my reward will be to start a new quilt on New Year’s Day.
First up today was to trim and get the 9 patch quilt bound – it’s ready for me to hand stitch the binding down tonight. Next, to finish assembling the brown/green Carpenter Star that I cut and kitted at Big Canoe this past July. Click the link to see a brown and pink version made a few years ago and for brief instructions for making one yourself. I did change the pieced borders on this one – I cut them using the Accuquilt GO 1/2 rectangle die.
One of these days I’m going to have to get back on track and stick to my goals but I’m being generous with myself through the end of the year. Doing just what I want to do and not necessarily what I should do but that doesn’t mean there’s not any progress being made. The tumbler top has been assembled and will go to Big Canoe for quilting.
So what’s not getting done today? My walk.
The Log Cabin top is assembled. There are brief instructions on my website including how I used the GO die to cut my log cabin blocks.
It feels wrong to go about my life as if I hadn’t just experienced the disbelief of America choosing a president who spewed hatred and bigotry but my sewing room is my sanctuary – it’s where I’ve been all last week wrapped in my grief at the loss of my sister-in-law and it’s where I’ll go as I try to come to terms with what just happened.
I got the binding on the tumbler and set it aside to hand stitch tonight. I like to keep the irregular edges on my tumbler quilts – it’s not hard to bind it but you do have to pivot the quilt frequently to follow the edges.
The sashed Rainbow HeartStrings top is finally assembled!
Finally, the little hourglass top is done. This one will stay here for quilting.
You might recognize the fabrics, brought back from GA and also used in this top. Funny how different the tops look using a different background fabric although I also left out the pink/fuchsia fabrics.
You’ll see them again too because I’ve not made much of a dent in them with these two tops. It’s always a surprise to me how little of my fabric stash it takes to make a quilt and yet I keep collecting it.
Even though I got bored with making this top, I love hourglass quilts. I made this other one in 2013 and it might (or might not) actually get quilted in July. We’ll see. One of the reasons it hasn’t been quilted yet is that I haven’t decided whether to keep it or to give it as a gift.
As I noted when I started this one, I didn’t use her instructions but it’s based on Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Bargello quilt. I’d much rather work in blocks than panels and I used a couple Jelly Rolls from Connecting Threads to make my top.
On the remodeling front, the grouting is being done today on the hall bathroom and I met with the contractors to discuss the kitchen remodel. I’ll definitely need a break after the bathrooms are done but I want to get an estimate and on their schedule for late fall if possible.