Feelings

Like all you I am dealing with so many different feelings as I watch what’s going on in our country this week … anger and outrage at the officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, sadness for his family, more anger and outrage at those taking advantage of the protests to loot and burn our cities, fear that the crowds will undo any gains we’ve made from months of social distancing, and respect for those police who go out every day and risk their lives to protect us all. Just like the looters overshadowing the righteous message of the protesters, the bad cops overshadow what good many of our police do on a day to day basis.

Let’s hope that one positive outcome is a high voter turnout that says enough hate and divisiveness. Let’s try to regain some of our progress toward acceptance and equality for all. I know we have a long way to go but the last few years we’ve been heading in the wrong direction.

Quilted

#9 of 10 to be quilted during this marathon … a wallhanging of Mom’s. Pantograph is Jilly and while I know some of you wouldn’t quilt a panto over appliqué I do and I’d told Mom I’d quilt this one for her if she was OK with me doing a panto on it.

I did a quick search online for the pattern because I know someone will ask … and while I bought it at BluPrint, I did find it here.

Nice thing about this one is I don’t have to bind it! I have 3 more waiting for binding and I’ll get started on one of them this afternoon.

T-shirt quilts

Have you made one? I’ve made several and helped Mom with even more but I’ve been putting off doing the one for Adam for years … I really need to get it done so I packed it up to take to GA with the hope that I’ll actually plan and piece the top. I had a layout all planned and then he brought me more shirts so I’m not sure what I’m going to do with his and started looking through my inspiration file again … while I was collecting his stuff I found a BIG bin of shirts I’d been saving from my travels to make one for me. I need a queen size quilt for Big Canoe so I’m going to make one up from my shirts …. but first I have to finish Adam’s so I’m not taking mine with me but … I found the layout I’m going to use for mine in my inspiration file. You know I love twisted blocks! I probably won’t use borders unless I need to in order to get to the size I want. Now if I can just decide how to set Adam’s!

RWB Rail Fence and Friendship Star

For those of you interested in the RWB quilt I drafted yesterday, I wrote up brief instructions and posted them on the website. I also looked at my fabric to see if I had some yardage I could grab and take to GA with me in case I have time to piece this … I’m sadly lacking on reds so I’ve ordered some one yard pieces … we’ll see if any of them work when they get here. Reds can be hard to order online and the last batch I got are more of an orange-red.

Quilted

#7 of 10 is quilted as my quilting marathon continues. This tumbler quilt was cut with the small 3 inch Accuquilt GO die. Pantograph is Beaded Curtain and while the texture doesn’t show up much in the photo it does show more in person. This is the first time I’ve quilted this one and I like it OK, it probably won’t become one of my favorites but I can see it getting some use.

Binding #6 of 10 is also in progress and should be finished tonight. I also packed up some more stuff in the sewing room.

Dinner tonight is a Greek rice bowl that Keith loves – it’s an Instant Pot recipe and fairly easy to prepare.

Binding and biking

Another 10 miles on the bikes today but I also had time in the sewing room.

I got another binding on and ready for hand stitching tonight … and I finished cutting all the HST for my May precut quilt … obviously this won’t be pieced by the end of May but it will go to GA and be pieced this summer! I don’t usually pick a border before a top is pieced but since this is being kitted for GA, I think this one will work. If not, I’ll leave it off and bring the top home to Tampa.

Are you sharing?!

I was chatting with a neighbor yesterday and she asked if I had any fabric I wasn’t going to use because she’d been making and donating masks … she’s not a quilter and her machine is borrowed but I had to laugh at her. I don’t have ANY fabric I don’t plan to use but I have plenty to share! She came over after our bike ride and walked out with 6 or 7 yards of fabric.

We did another 10 mile ride today and I started another binding. I hope to get it on the quilt and start hand stitching it down tonight.