Well, faithful peeps! I sort of went awol on you for a while. I suppose I needed a bit of down time. Time to recharge after the “never-ending winter”.
I have been spending time with my Mom, who is now settled comfortably in a nursing home. Her mind is fading and I’m trying to spend as much time as I can before the disease makes her forget her world.
I spent a lovely week away with my son on a Caribbean cruise, while the hubby stayed home to pay for it! His turn next time!
I’ve had some wonderful sewing days thrown in there too! Let me show you!
I finished this throw quilt, made from Zombie Apocalypse fabric by Riley Blake. I used a pattern that is supposed to look like chain-link but I think it gets lost with the busy-ness of the fabric. It will be auctioned off at a car show on June 22nd in Plattsville, Ontario, Canada. Our youth group at church is hosting a Classic Car Show from 1-4pm to raise money for the youth to go to Kamloops, BC for the youth convention. If you are in the area, stop by for some car eye candy and maybe bid on my quilt! I haven’t put a label on it yet, any suggestions for a name?
I pieced the back using large pieces of the same fabric with some Kona Coal thrown in for good measure. The binding is a bit scrappy, I used some orange eyeballs from the Zombie Apocalypse line and some black fabric from my stash.
I quilted it using FMQ in a spider web pattern. It was surprisingly easy and quite meditative. I watched old episodes of The Guardian on Netflix. Gotta love me some Simon Baker! I could watch that man for hours! *sigh*
I’m nearly done this quilt (finally)! I still need to attach the binding but with a full week of rain in the forecast, I thought I better get a photo while the getting was good. This is still from last year’s MSBHQAL and I finally got to quilting it. I struggled with what pattern to quilt. I feel I took the cheater’s way out… I ditch-stitched it. It looks pretty sweet from the back, especially when you take into consideration the backing fabric.
The backing fabric has strong geometric shapes similar to the herringbone pattern on the front. The colour isn’t coming through on the photo, it is very bright and most of the colours are found in the fabrics on the front of the quilt. I am binding it in this fabric as well. Can’t tell you what it is. The selvage really didn’t say. Pity.
I am a full month behind now in the RSC2014 and I’m not terribly upset by it. The colour for April was purple and I’m not sure how much purple I actually have. I know I’ll get the squares done, I just need to sit still long enough to sort through my scrap bins. Whew! That’s going to be a chore. I’m waiting to see what the colour will be for May. Something spring-like, I’m sure!
Oooh! And guess what? I have ordered a quilting frame kit! It should be here in a few days. I’m excited, I hope I’m not going to be disappointed. I spent the weekend at the Creativ Festival with two lovely ladies and kept wandering off on my own to research long-arm quilting machines. The problem… I can not justify spending $10,000 right now! Maybe if I get my quilt-y business up and running, but not before then. The kit is a build-yourself kit and uses your domestic sewing machine. The kit is being specially made to fit my particular machine. I plan on practicing my FMQ on this set up before I make the leap to a “real” long-arm machine. I’ll do a proper post after I test drive it for a while.
Last, but not least… I now have a website! I will be selling some of my wares on this site and taking custom orders for quilts and home decor items. Check it out!
I’ll be linking with my link ups in my sidebar.
I promise not to stay quiet for so long. Till next time…