I bought this book, The Quilt Block Bible, with a conventional flat binding. It was fine that way, it held the pages in as it was designed to do, but as I work my way through the book, writing up directions and stitching out the blocks, I found myself weighing down the book's cover by what ever means within arm's reach: a magnetic pin cushion, another book, whatever it took to hold the pages open to the desired page. This wasn't always a satisfactory solution. Last month, during our "Bible" study work session, Quiltkeemosabe and I took a field trip to our local office supply store and surrendered our books for a spiral re-binding (as shown here); this was the best $5 I've ever spent, no more frustrating flip-overs!
26 November, 2014
22 November, 2014
Hallmark Channel and making gifts. I do hope my granddaughter, and her dolls, will enjoy this bed as much as we have already; because, before I could make this bed up, Mr. Goodneedle actually made the bed; this is a gift of handmade love from both grandparents.
|It's a trundle bed; Lucy Ann's doll can have a doll-friend sleep over!|
19 November, 2014
17 November, 2014
If you're stumped by what to quilt look no further than your collection of accumulated stencils; you know you have them by the drawerful! I went through all of mine over the weekend and found exactly the right motif (in stencil form) to translate into quilting stitches on "Coming Up For Air".
Use a marking tool that you trust to come clean and have at it!
|This little "Meandering Leaves" border stencil not only fit nicely into the outer borders but also offers a corner turning option that I decided to use as a leafy "handle" suggestion over these strip pieced "baskets".|
What's gathering dust sewing space? You might just enjoy
getting reacquainted with your stencil collection as much as I did!
Life is Good!
15 November, 2014
14 November, 2014
|"Coming Up For Air" ~ 60" X 78"|
When I got home and introduced the front to the back it was apparent that this fabric just wouldn't work... it's too mushroomy-gray compared to the honey-toned creams on the front.; this wasn't turning out to be the match made in heaven that I had hoped. Now I was faced with another decision; piece a back from matching scraps left over from the class or dive a little deeper in my stash closet... I chose to take the plunge!
When I came up for air this is what I had clutched in my hand... and, yes, there's enough; it's a fabric ("Painted Desert" line from Hoffman International) that I loved so much back in the mid 1990's I bought all that I could at that time; a long-ago purchase that's paying off today. It's the absolute perfect backing for this quilt... and, a name has been assigned to this quilt now too, in honor of today's diving adventure: "Coming Up For Air"; that moniker describes not only the sky quality of the quilt's backing fabric but also my recent full-on run at finishing up quilting projects. So, what to do with a now prewashed and pressed 5 yard length of Marcia Derse fabric? Not to worry, it will likely come in handy twenty years or so from now... after all, I'm on a roll!
Life is Good!
12 November, 2014
|"It's The Journey" ~ 48" X 60"|
All good journeys must, eventually, come to an end. I put the final quilting stitches in this quilt today... it's been a long road to the finish line. It all began here, just over a year ago; with what was known as the Head For The Border challenge at my LQS. There were some false starts, more than a few stumbling blocks, and many, many decisions along the way. The quilting was just as challenging for me; a wide variety of components tested my abilities every step of the way! This evening I've been trimming the edges and preparing the binding. Just like with every great trip I'm rewarded, at this final juncture, with a wealth of happy memories; from the initial planning to all the stops and sidetrips taken in transit. My plan is to hang this wallhanging between the two front windows in the studio, directly over Snowbird; it will serve to remind me that life never is about the destination... it's always about the journey. All in all, it's been a great adventure, thanks for riding along with me!
Life is Good!