Some quilting……

I was gone for a large portion of the day yesterday and when I got home the basement was cold.  I decided to quilt this wallhanging in my main floor studio where it was nice and warm with the sun streaming in the west windows.  I also have better lighting in there for quilting with black thread on black fabric.  I have 8 more lines to quilt on it.

Partially sewn……..

I have the sashing all sewn onto the blocks and the top left 2 rows are sewn together.  The bottom right corner block and triangles are also sewn.  The setting triangles were larger than my triangle ruler this time.  I need to get this off the double design wall so I can transfer my triangle project onto it.

I saw this big bird strutting around at my back lot line.  I used the super telephoto on my point and shoot camera and found out it is a Northern Flicker.  He is on one of the walnut tree stumps looking for food.

My pink and white cactus has the largest flowers of all of my plants.

This is a close up looking up at the 2 blooms that are on the left in the photo above.


I have started the sewing on the third project that I have been cutting.  It will take me several days to photograph the stages of the quilt so no reveal yet.

It was a beautiful day in the 60s with sunshine for Easter this year.  We usually have colder and windy or rainy weather.  We went out to eat so there was no clean up for us.

The toile blocks were still in a stack on my cutting table so I decided to see how they would look edge to edge in a light/dark/light/dark configuration.  I think they probably still need a narrow sashing between them.  I have a couple other options in mind too.

Happy Easter!……..

Happy Easter!!!

Yesterday I did laundry and tried to clean out a closet.  This is the kind of things I have saved, sentimental items.  In the late 1960s one of the paper towel companies made paper placemats with designs printed on them.  I liked the design on one so well that I traced it and used it for an embroidery design and did it with wool yarn (crewel embroidery).  The top one was done in 1970 and the bottom one in 1973 – I had so much fun the first time that I had to do second one but I changed a few of the flowers the second time.  I did a lot of crewel embroidery in the 1970s.  One of the other things in the closet was stretcher bars like artists stretched canvas on.  We also used them to mount the larger crewel embroideries.

Really the final layout……..

This is really the final layout of the Blazing Stars after a few changes from a couple days ago.  I’m auditioning the light fabric as the narrow sashing between blocks and the green as the setting triangles and cornerstones.

Here is a close up of the two fabrics.  

I finished basting the big quilt I showed yesterday and did some more quilting in the light areas of the wallhanging I am working on.  I also finished sewing neckbands on all of the little preemie gowns for my church project so it was a good sewing day yesterday.

More basting, some quilting…………….

I started basting this quilt yesterday.  It will take a couple days because I don’t stick with it for more than an hour at a time.

I started quilting this 42″ square wallhanging.  I am quilting 1/4″ on each side of the seam and the strips are 1″ wide so it ends up as rows 1/2″ apart.  I’m doing all of the light strips first and then I’ll come back and do the colors. 

This is the time of year when the basement is cold.  When it gets up to 60 outside late in the day the heat doesn’t come on and it gets too cold to work down there.  In the mornings I pop the heat up to take the chill off so that is the best time to work down there.