I finished quilting and binding on the McCall's quilt yesterday.
Again I can't show much :-(
remember how I did the feathers the wrong way on the bottom? well I started using "Jack the ripper" when I then decided to SKIN the quilt instead, so I got out my X-acto knife and carefully lifted up the top layer and with the knife pointing toward the batting slightly I started slicing the thread away, it really took no time at all. Just nerve wrecking dealing with a blade like that, but if it's pointed down and the knife would slip a tiny bit, it would only damage or poke the batting and that's easier to fix (if needed) rather than the top
so here's part of the quilt border, feathers and bubbles.
The fabrics are "vintage baby" from Riley Blake, which they donated for this quilt. AWESOME!!
Today I also finished this fun little bright top, using a charm pack from moda which I won on the latest blog hop including a pattern booklet called 3 times the charm, I just changed the border.
I like charm, but I don't like working with the zig zag edges, so unprecise, I never know where to sew the line, but I managed and you can't tell now that it's all together. :-)
The block design is really cute though!! it's one I would do again, just maybe out of scraps??
Should I keep this for the baby?? even though I already have the bubblegum dreams quilt planned for her. well, she can have 2 quilts right?? maybe this one to snuggle with and the bubble gum one for the wall.... You've all seen my daughter's raggedy quilt after 7 yrs, so this one would be good for that, it's small and fun and not a big deal (for me) if it gets worn out quickly...
Usually I don't do this, but I thought this was funny.
I get this daily email from "good clean funnies"GCFL.net
As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently, I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost; and being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left, and they were eating lunch. I felt bad and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down, and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man. And as I played "Amazing Grace," the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full. As I was opening the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years." Why can't men just ask for directions?
here's another update on my 2012 list
#4 pumpkin star pillow- just needs to be stuffed and sewn together
#7 Connecting threads KIT fabrics- all blocks are back!
#8 giraffe wall hanging - still working on needleturn applique, mommy giraffe almost done
#9 pineapple black and blue quilt- giving these a break now
#10 Blue star quilt- lots of blocks done
#12 Next Stitch STAR- top done waiting to be quilted, ordered thread for this
# 17 Bonnie Hunter ORCA mystery - top done- skipping the border
#19 green, red, yellow flower quilt- top done, just taking forever removing the papers
# 21 spring swap blocks- got plans but no background fabrics ordered yet
# 22Making memories embroidered panel- needs to be made into a cute wall hanging
# 23 black, red white asian quilt- ready to be quilted, found red backing
# 25 fall leaf blocks swap- top done
#29(jan) bubble gum quilt kit won at quilt show - blocks #1 and 2 done
#33 (mar) won 9 march BOM from pine tree guild- make into quilt top
#35(mar) #2 quilt for McCalls- done and ready to ship out
#36 (mar) Round Robin swap - mailed out
#38 (april) blue strip pieced blocks - top done
#39 (april) won a pattern and two charm bundles- matching fabrics arrived
#40 wonky block swap block- may just got here, need to work on it
#41(may) Civil War Legacies- start may 14th, haven't gotten fabrics yet
#42 (may)3 times the charm- top done