And yet, there is nothing on my design wall this morning.
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.
And then I decided on the outer border and this past weekend I cut it out and
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.
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.
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.
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.