We really do have snow on the ground! In this flowerbed it is about 16″ deep. It was heavy wet snow too, not like the fluffy stuff when it first came down. I shoveled about 4″ off the sidewalk. My back complained later.
This is turning toward the driveway from the porch. In the grassy areas it was about 12″ deep in the morning. It got up above freezing so the snow is compressing now. The pile is by my driveway, where my plow guy pushes it.
The border is on the Christmas quilt. I decided to use some denim in the border too rather than try to match the checked flannel if I pieced it. It isn’t spectacular looking but it is a quilt that will be crumpled up on the couch, not hanging out full view.
This is the piece I used on the back. It is a brushed Moda print from one of their Christmas lines about 8 years ago. I had a huge piece of it and it is so soft. It’s a deeper color than it looks here and the dots are deep red.
I quilted it last night too. I just did a meander free hand and went around the embroideries instead of through them. Now I need to pick a binding.
Don’t you think my refrigerator belongs in that commercial where they show a bunch of things that look like faces? I forget whose commercial it is.
A friend made the potholders and gave them to me last year. I like them as eyes and they are way too pretty to get dirty.
I started over with the triangles on my double wall, now back in place after they got the gas meter out. I did some more cutting but I have a long way to go.
>No progress on quilts…………
I had a restful day yesterday so not much progress on the bindings. I took a picture of this red veined plant, red penstemon, that is a volunteer plant. Most of the volunteers come up right next to my stepping stones or by the edge of the sidewalk. When I spread seeds like columbine I don’t have much luck with them Now I think I will spread seeds in the fall and then place small rocks over the area and see if I get more plants. I like all of the different colors and shapes of the leaves together.
When I walked into the studio yesterday mid morning I noticed how well the quilting showed up with the light from the north window, so I took one more picture. I did get both of the small quilts trimmed later in the day.
>No finishes, but close……….
I finished the quilting on the 2 small pieces I showed yesterday. I decided to quilt in the ditch of the 4 patch seams and continue through the plain squares. In the border I did a line diagonally through the squares that forms a zig zag pattern all around the quilt.
On the pinwheel one I did free motion in the plain squares and ditch quilting both ways through the pinwheels. Since I pressed all of the seams open on the pinwheels there technically isn’t a ditch so it was hard to balance the stitching right on the seam line. This pinwheel looks pretty good but……
>About 20 years ago Ellen Anne Eddy came out to our little sewing machine store in town and gave a workshop on using hand dyed fabrics and free motion stitching to create a little art piece. I bought some of her hand dyed fabric. She lived in Chicago at the time and later moved to Indiana. She wrote a book about her fabulous free motion quilts.
About 7 years ago she was in the area again to do a workshop for a guild. I was invited to spend the day there with her and some of my friends. We took Decor Bond and drew our design on it. My butterfly came from a coloring book. We ironed the Decor Bond onto the wrong side of our fabric and filled our bobbins with a glitzy heavyweight serger thread (an extra bobbin case purchased just for that purpose was used). From the drawing side I free motion stitched the outline of the butterfly with a dark thread. Then I came back in and started filling areas with stitching in other colors. I never did finish this project but now I think it needs to be done. The sparkly thread is almost impossible to capture in a picture to show you the real look.
It is gloomy and will be rainy soon. The only good thing is it is going to be warm today and the heavy rain should hold off until after my mother’s Dr. appointment today. It’s a good day to turn on my daylight bulbs and not look out the windows.