Monday, September 24, 2012

Wow, it’s Design Wall Monday, again.

And yet, there is nothing on my design wall this morning.
inner border
During the last week I sewed the blocks together and decided on the inner border.  I blogged about this fabric here and am really happy with how well it goes with my swap blocks.












0outer border
And then I decided on the outer border and this past weekend I cut it out and
















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And sewed them on.  I am so excited at how this quilt has turned out.  During the making I, again, remembered how difficult swap blocks can be: not the right size, no quarter inch seam allowance, poor stitching, pleats inside the block, etc.  However, once I decided that I was going to use each block pretty much as it came, the top came together to be beautiful.  I also got the binding prepared so now it is ready for quilting (once I put a backing together).

And that brings me to the mental block I have been suffering since June.  That’s when Judy at Patchwork Times offered lessons on stitching feathers.  I made my quilt, a Carpenter’s Star, put it on the frame and stitched the top border.





outer border


And that’s as far as I got.  Between the stitch regulator now working and my unhappiness with my feathers, I just couldn’t make myself go back into the quilting room…..until Sunday.






more feathers
You see, I am making two quilts that I want to have done by Thanksgiving.  Both tops are done but in order to get them quilted I have to finish this quilt.  So Sunday I made the stitch regulator work and then quilted one more line. 







back feathers
I am not unhappy with how these feathers look, but I still need to quilt a curved feather as well as a circular feather.  I have given myself this week to get this done: I really need to move on.




And, in between quilting bouts I will be making my funky chicken #9, my color challenge project, and working on my EQ7 lessons.  And, how do I relax?  I read murder mysteries, especially ones that include quilters.  Nothing better than sitting on the swing out on the deck, reading a book and petting a puppy.
Oh, I also spend a little time on the computer trying to get through all the blogs that are posted on Patchwork Times every Monday.  Lots of great stitching going on over there. 

11 comments:

  1. Nice finish on Santa quilt. That's the exact reason I stopped doing block swaps except for at our retreats where we do a block lottery.
    My Carpenter's Wheel is only a top with dreams of becoming quilted with feathers. I must get over the fear of feathers, I must!!
    Looks like a busy week ahead for you, enjoy your time on the swing!

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  2. I like what you're doing! And good for you, pushing yourself on the feathers--your perseverance is paying off!!! I love reading, too -- I'm reading Marie Bostwick's A Single Thread right now! :)

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  3. Your Christmas quilt is faboulous!! Keep working on the feathers - they are looking good!!

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  4. Your feathers are looking good. Keep practicing.

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  5. That's a beautiful Christmas quilt top and your feathers look fantastic, congratulations. I love a good murder mystery myself.

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  6. Your feathers are looking great! Practice is key to everything. Glad you are getting them done.

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  7. Love the Christmas quilt. Your fab choice is perfect. As to feathers... I'm in awe of yours. I have better luck with palm fronds....or at least that is what I call them!

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  8. Hey, your Santa quilt looks so terrific! Love your border choices. You go with those feathers!! One day I will be pushing myself to get over me and learn to do them. ;D

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  9. Your feathers are looking really good and practice is what it takes. At least you made the effort to machine quilt and that is a lot more than I would do. It causes me stress, and I really do not think stress and retirement go together very well so I send my quilts over to Joanne Lenardo to quilt for me. She is one of the more resonable in price and does beautful work. Love your quilts. Judy C in NC

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  10. Your Santa Quilt looks great, love your sashing and border choices.

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  11. I think your Christmas blocks and Santa look very nice. I understand how you feel about getting lots of blocks that are not all the same quality. I belong to a swap group too and that happens frequently. It is a challenge to get them to "play" together. I love challenges !! ha ha. On your feathers, I think they look pretty darn good to me. I have stayed away from learning the too long. One of these days I will lock myself in the sewing room and not come out until they look presentable. But right now, I don't have that much time to spare. I just finished a cute book with a little mystery and love in it. It's called The Basement Quilt by Ann Hazelwood. She is a local writer and former quilt shop owner, so I was curious about her writing skills. It was very light reading and does get better as you get into the characters. You can finish it in one even or two.

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