I’ve been working like crazy trying to finish up the Double Wedding Ring. For a while there I didn’t think I would finish it, but I’m confident that I will have it done for Thursday.
I finished appliqué-ing the diamonds and started right in on quilting. ( Yes, I did break in and buy a hoop!)
I went with the cross hatching because I thought the straight lines would compliment the curves of the Rings. I’m loving how its turning out!
I know its not right but I love the look and texture of big stitches. What do you think?
My timeline is to have the binding done by Wednesday night. That means I’ll have to finish the outer rings like now! Better go quilt!
…is DONE!! It actually wasn’t that long of a haul and I really enjoyed it. I love hand-quilting!
I quilted it by first outlining the donkey and his/her saddle pad. I then went diagonally across every other square.
The quilting is practically invisible, but that’s how I planned it. I wanted the beautiful fabrics of Honey Honey (and the donkey!) to be the focal point.
I am very happy with how it came out and all I hope is that the 4-H judges like it too!
Next, I’m going to whip up a tiny label. I have a solid 2 weeks before judging. Who would have thought I would have extra time?! (Hopefully I’m not speaking too soon…)
I’m sorry for my absence the past two weeks, but I promise its for good reason; I went to Europe!
It was a 10 day tour through Paris, Provence, and Barcelona. It was an amazing trip (and opportunity) but I’m glad to be home…and back to the needle! I finished unpacking, so there’s my Friday Finish! (Hey, it counts!)
I was finally able to start quilting, through the progress is slow for now.
I finished the saddle pad’s quilting and I just started on outlining the Donkey. I have 17 days to finish, so its crunch time!
I feel so accomplished!! Yesterday, I finally finished the quilting on the Strike Out! quilt!!
In no way is it anywhere near show quality but it is definitely stitched with love and that’s what’s most important. This is the very first quilt that I have ever hand-quilted all over the top. If I say I didn’t enjoy it, I’d be lying!
And now for some bad news: my sewing machine is not working again. This is the umpteenth time this has happened and I cannot think of a reason why…everything is as it was!! I wish I could be like everyone else in Blogland and be in love with my machine, but I hate it! I wish that I could have the funds to buy another, but after brief window shopping, I don’t and I probably won’t for a couple years. And the worst part is the timing! I still need to finish piecing the Tennessee Waltz quilt and I haven’t even started on my second 4-H mini quilt… Both of which need to be show ready for July 10. See why I’m freaking out??
Is that a bright light I see? Sweet Serendipity stepped in and I found a give-away for a new sewing machine (I’d give you details but I’m not gonna hurt my chances of winning!). I entered and now its up to fate. I’ll try not to get my hopes up but, like I always say, someone’s gotta win it… I’ll be waiting with baited breaths until the drawing, which is at the end of the month. Until then, I’ll try to borrow a machine from a friend.
Enough with this icky stuff!! Here’s one final picture to send you on your way:
At last I see the light…
On Monday, I hunkered down and quilted ’til my thumb went numb! That added with four hours of quilting on Sunday, I made a ton of progress on Strike Out!’s quilting.
I have a (guesstimated) seven lines left? Not too shabby! But, that’s in the blue space. I still have the yellow strip at the bottom to quilt, which I haven’t decided on how I want to quilt it yet…hmmm.
Hopefully I’ll be a hermit Friday night and finish it!!
-Linking up to WIP Wednesday
Sorry for some messed up posting; I scheduled certain posts and they never got published! Gahhhh!
Anywho, after my personal quilting retreat, I got quite a bit of a head start on the straight line quilting on Strike Out!
I finished the seven diagonal lines going left to right. I have five diagonal lines going right to left and have plenty more to go.
It looks like my schedule is going to get pretty hectic in the next few months, so hopefully I’ll still be able to find time to quilt. That being said I think I’m going to put Strike Out! away for the time being and focus on my Tennessee Waltz quilt. But I don’t want to because I’m so close to the end of Strike Out! and it would be nice to not have to worry about it… What do you guys think??
-Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
I know, I know, it looks like I got nothing done, but I did!! I now have 7 lines going from left to right, which I know is only one more line. I also got the corners done. But my main progress has been in the design.
Instead of crosshatching, the rest of the blue will have lines going right to left diagonally…or I just thought maybe straight… But anyway, the left to right diagonal will mimic bowling alleys and so I will make little arrows inside each line. I think it will turn out real nice. Now I have to decide diagonal or straight… straight would stick out more… I guess I’ll have to sleep on it.
Tomorrow is the last day of my personal quilting retreat. BOOOOO!! I have a lot to do if I want to meet my goal of finishing the quilting in the blue… O well, I can’t say I didn’t try.
My Retreat Journal:
It occurred to me that, when I became a very bad blogger, I never showed the quilting that I did in my absence, so here it goes!
-DISCLAIMER- Please excuse the numerous hairs and fuzz all over the quilt. It is a WIP and also in travel… Be forgiving….
Outlined in white/red inside the pin and blue on the outside.
Inside has three little “buttons.” They kinda remind me of a tuxedo, so that’s my ‘Xedo Pin! (Originally the “buttons were random, thus the old pencil marks.)
Outlined in black on the inside and blue on the outside.
The finger holes are outlined in gray and also have a circle of gray inside.
The red has scallops all the way across. I traced a dish to get the shape and I wish I could say I came up with the design but that’s how it was originally quilted. Either way I L-O-V-E it!!
The small strip of gray has three (semi) straight lines. I know I got really creative with it. I’m not sure if its puckering or if its just the texture from the quilting… But I like it!
Over all, I’m super excited and uber pleased with how Strike Out! is coming along! A great first appliqué experience!!
-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!
Even through it was
monsooning raining literally all day, I unfortunately didn’t get much quilting done. I didn’t realize how many lines I would have to sew nor how long some of the lines would be. That being said, I have a whooping 6 lines done… SCORE!!
And just to make you jealous…. VOILA!!
My Retreat Journal:
Sometimes its great to just get away, and that’s what I’ doing this week.
I’m at the beach this week and my only plans are shopping and quilting. I’m crossing my fingers that I finish the Strike Out! quilting… But I don’t think it’s gonna happen. I can still try though!
Let me just say I am in love with the scalloped quilting in the red!!
I have all the blue to quilt and also the yellow. The blue is going to be cross-hatched at 1 1/2 inches apart and he yellow will have diagonal quilting also at 1 1/2 inches apart.
-DISCLAIMER- I know I’ve been a horrible blogger lately, but I’ll keep you updated this week. I pinky promise!