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!
For my next project, I had pulled out a set of charm squares with the intention of making a shadow quilt. I loved some of the examples I saw online and thought it would be a great way to highlight some pretty fabric. Here’s a sample of what I chose.
I pulled a marbled gold from my stash for the shadows and bought a speckled beige to do the sashing.
Cut, measure, sew and the first two blocks came together easily. Except, they didn’t look shadowy at all! In fact, my husband thought they were rather ugly.
So, I decided I would simply frame the squares
in the gold color and wing it from there. I carefully measured and even more carefully sewed the one inch borders before I realized that I could make my job so much easier by cutting larger and trimming after they are sewn. That should have been obvious from the get-go, but oh well. At least I only did two before I picked up on that!
Here are all nine squares framed, but not yet trimmed, along with one of the original shadow blocks that I might use on the back. If you are comparing my photos, you might notice that the butterfly squares in the first picture didn’t make the final cut. This was a charm pack of twenty; two each of ten different patterns. All of the patterns look Spanish or Moroccan to me, except for the butterflies. The colors match, and the scale of the pattern matches, but the pattern itself just didn’t seem to fit. So, realizing that I had many more layout options with nine squares as opposed to ten, the butterflies (along with the other leftover squares) went into the scrap box.
Still not sure what kind of layout this will wind up in. Or if it will be a mini-quilt or really big pillow. I’m kind of leaning towards pillow today. Any ideas (or tips on where I went wrong with the shadows), please send them my way!