Monday, October 1, 2012
Success, Not Perfection
My hubby found this cartoon, which he had given me last year, and brought it into the studio while I was working on my “feathers quilt.” We both thought this was perfect for this situation.
After spending part of almost every day last week learning how to quilt feathers, I finally got this one done.
I know it’s hard to tell in this picture but some of my feathers look pretty good. And some? Well, not so much. I don’t have a picture of the whole quilt, yet, because it was raining outside when I finished and there was no room to lay it out on the inside.
I had to take breaks frequently because I found that I was using a “death grip” on the handles.
So then I would change to a finger tip control. I was frequently surprised to find that my hand had gone back to the death grip. This went on all week but did get better toward the end.
I left the side borders unquilted. Then I turned the quilt, fastened the now top border (with my wonderful red snappers) and let the rest of the quilt float with only the magnets to hold it tight. When the top borders were done I turned it and finished the bottom borders. It was so easy. This was the first time I have used the magnets and they were great!
On Saturday I took the day off from this quilt and we went to the gulf. We found a great place to sit under the pier (shade) and watched the pelicans and people. It was a beautiful day and so calming.
We had a great lunch at Outback. This is chicken, artichoke, and parmesan cheese on flatbread. Then some shopping, a “short” visit to Dunkin Donuts and back home to the puppies and cats.
I do have one regret. This is the first month that I didn’t get my color challenge made, or even started. I did make a plan for a pickle dish table runner in what looked to me like fall colors. I cut some of the fabrics for the arks but that’s as far as I got.
I got the fabric out for the backing on one of the Christmas quilts and will be piecing it soon and have it on the frame soon.
And, today the new Funky Chicken and Teapot blocks come out and I’m ready for them!!