Finished Fair Isle

image (54)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.

Some pics:

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.

photo (86)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!

-Allison

Still in the Shadows

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:

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And these are the six wider ones: photo-49

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!photo-53
photo-48So 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.

 

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-Allison