Well, the mini Fair Isle is finally bound, and yes, I did finish it up by hand. A one hour wait at the doctor’s office on Tuesday and then two hours for an oil change today allowed me to finish. (It seems I get the most sewing done at the car dealer- something to think about). Very far from perfect, but I think it was a decent salvage of a quilt that went horribly wrong. The quilt was backed with a mint green plus sign pattern, bound with scraps from the front and quilted with parallel straight lines at every 1/3 inch.
Now I have moved on to quilting the (No) Golden Shadows quilt. It will be overlapping ovals in straight lines. Turquoise and then a dark reddish brown. Each row is taking about two hours and I figure there will be about 35 rows in all. Luckily, I am finding this monotony very relaxing! Here is a picture of the turquoise. The red will overlap in the middle of the two rows.
And finally, I have started sewing a memory quilt for my son’s best friend. So far it looks amazing! This one will get a blog post all it’s own!
I find myself still totally unsure about this Golden Shadows quilt (that really doesn’t have shadows anymore, if it ever even did). I find it uninspiring and yet the actual construction is coming out quite well. I had framed all the blocks in gold; 3 were narrow frames, 6 were wider. I then framed the frames with a speckled beige and evened them all out at 12 inches square. These are the three narrow ones:
And these are the six wider ones:
And then I got bored and started to sew the blocks into big blocks. And then I wanted the quilt (now apparently it’s to be a quilt, not a large pillow) to be bigger. I added four solid blocks of the gold. Now I have three sets of four blocks and no idea what to do with them. Obviously, at a little short of 6 ft by 2 ft, it needs to be widened. I’m out of gold fabric, out of charm squares and out of ideas!
So instead of something beautiful to share today, I’m sharing my frustration. But, on the bright side, I have found a recipient for this quilt if and when I ever finish it.
Meet our new foster dog, Diego: He’s a Chiweenie! Sweet, good with the kids, well-mannered and best of all, he’s totally housebroken. So if you know anyone looking to adopt in South Florida, Diego is looking for his forever home.