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Thursday, June 18, 2009

I Put the Last Border on this Quilt

in April of 2007!

Yes, this medallion quilt with multiple borders, that I named 'Birds of a Feather' has been sitting in the sewing room for over two years (where does the time go?) waiting to be quilted.

When I bought my Husq. Sapphire 850 over a year ago, I intended to be a proficient machine quilter by now so that I could machine quilt this king-sized beast (104" x 104"). After quilting a number of table runners and one smaller quilt, I have decided that I do not like machine quilting. I have seen people who can do it well on a small machine, but I am not one of them. So I am going to go back to hand quilting all but the small runners.

This will be my next major quilting job. I will get it all set and just work on it when the mood strikes. It will take months--even a year, depending on how often the mood strikes.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

What a Difference the Color Combination Makes!

In my last post I showed you a scrappy block that I decided I didn't like at all.

I kept looking at that block.

I noticed that a star formed in the center, but was hard to see because I had used all the same color around it.

I decided to try the same block again with white around the black center and green to form the star.

I must say I like this much better! It's the exact same block, just a different color combo.

In case you did not see the last post, here is the first block:

I think I will contine on to make a couple more 9-inch blocks and see what it looks like when I sew them all together.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I Had High Hopes

I went and bought 2 yds of black fabric Monday so that I could try out an idea I had to make a scrap quilt using black as the background color. I thought I would use up all my little pieces of fabric to make the scrappy squares. I made four of these 4.5" blocks.
When I sewed them together, I didn't like it much at all.

I think I will try another pattern another day. If I don't love it, there is no sense wasting any more time --this one goes in the pot holder pile.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Cock-A-Doodle Do -- I Finally Finished You!

It was not a nice weekend to be outside, so I spent a few hours finishing Nanette's Rooster--about an hour to machine quilt it and
about two hours hand sewing the binding on.
Now it's all done and I can move on to other things.

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