Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Progress on the Little Things

As you know, we got a new kitten a week ago (the orange blur). On account of his constant need for snuggling, I have hardly done any hand stitching in the evening. This is a regular play session (aka butt whopping) with our other cat Sally, who has adjusted to his presence nicely. I have, however, been a blocking fool. My first quilt (65" square) is done (the drying that is - took 5 days in the winter air), the binding and piping are machined on, and I have started the hand stitching for the binding. It will probably take close to a week to finish this. I have also ordered a bunch of crystals for this quilt. The dynamic carpenters star will look fantastic with a little sparkle. Not every quilt needs sparkles, but this onewill be awesome with it. It's heading to MQX in April for all of you that are curious.


Here's a peek of the backside of the above quilt, with our newest baby (recently named Picasso) in the background. That is one sweet kitty!


My second personal quilt had a little bit of last-minute finishing on the quilting a few days ago. I spent last week ripping out all the SID because I discovered that the tension was not so great. What a pain... I put it back in in about 2 hours time (8 hours to remove, 2 hours to restitch!). It's much better this time. Yesterday, I declared it DONE, cut off all the excess backing, and today it is soaking wet and on the blocking board. We are anxious to get the furniture in the bedroom back in order. Considering the fact that it is 7F outside today (and my bedroom is a brisk 59F), it will probably take a week to dry this quilt. At $80-90 per week to heat our house, It's not worth jacking up the bedroom heat just for a quilt that I don't need done for a while! The piping and binding for this one are all done too - just waiting for a dry quilt. I do, however, need to get to work making/designing some labels for all my quilts nearing completion that will likely be printed off by Spoonflower.


BTW...anybody like Gumbo?? It was our New Year's Day meal, and a favorite of mine. I'm considering a Gumbo post if anyone is interested. Have a warm week.

9 comments:

What Comes Next? said...

Picassso is a little cutie!
I just love your quilting - that last picture with the sunflowers took my breath away!

Laura said...

I was just wondering how you decide what designs to quilt on your quilts--the designs always look so perfect for the spot you stitched them onto.

Linda said...

Stunning!!!! All the detailed quilting is a feast for the eyes! I love it!!!!

Rhonda said...

Great quilts and yes, I love Gumbo... would love to know how you make it.

Cathy H said...

I love the quilting on your quilts, can't wait to see more photos of your work......Gumbo...yum

Furball Farm Quilting said...

Love your quilting, it really finishes off the quilt. Can't say that I've tasted Gumbo..........is it spicy??

Joyce said...

Would Love a Gumbo Recipe.
Also, would you please describe and show pictures of the 'blocking' board that you talk about?
Thanks. Love your quilting.

Joyce said...

Love, love, love both quilts!!!

Joyce said...

Love, love, love both quilts!!