Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fiddly Bits

This week, piecing on the Overlook quilt came down to the last stage, the 'fiddly bits' (I love that expression!). They are fused/glued, and the raw edges are being basted by machine.


The red flower-head pins are reminders not to baste those areas where tree and shrub trunks will be inserted behind a fabric layer. At present I'm thinking that at least two embroidered shrubs will be used on the quilt, as well as two of the three thread-painted trees. They'll be attached after all quilting is done.

The eagles are lower in the sky than I like, but by the time the top edge of the quilt gets trimmed, the higher eagle will barely escape with his wingtips intact.

Off subject, last weekend a dear friend gave me what was left of her Superior Rainbow thread after switching to their Magnifico line for her longarm. I was floored at her generosity (and not for the first time). There are tons of thread left on most of these large spools, and I can't wait to start playing with it!



Also off the subject, another addition to the Lucy drawer.


VVHH (very versatile handy husband) does not like this sweater. He thinks it's strange-looking. I think it's funky and cute. And it's warm and soft (they all are). Again, a variegated yarn from Deborah Norville's Serenity Chunky line, this time in a colorway called 'Cattails.' I was hoping the front pieces would match better, but it's really not a big deal.

Update: Hooking up with Whoop Whoop Fridays. Look what Sarah and the mission team will be delivering this weekend. Also linking in at WIPs Be Gone. Beautiful quilt block, and there's a book giveaway going on!

Speaking of weekends, have a great one.

Linda



8 comments:

  1. OH my.....I almost feel out of my computer chair when I saw your first photo. I've been without a machine for over 2 weeks......mine dropped dead.....main circuit board kaput!! Can't be repaired or replaced. So, the search has gone on for a new machine.....I was so used to using the dual feed feature on my last machine that it was a major factor in a new one. AFTER TONS of research....I, just today got a Janome 8900.....seeing yours and knowing the fabulous work you do....maybe I can actually do it too now that we have twin machines!!

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    1. Oh, believe me, you can do this and SO much more on this machine! Your work is stupendous; I'd have a long way to go to catch up to your expertise. Yes, you'll love the 8900. I haven't explored nearly enough of its capabilities. I do have an issue with the contents page of the manual...haven't found that page to be as helpful as I'd like. So, during downtime, I'm literally typing up a detailed alphabetical index for the manual. Let me know if you want a copy when I'm finished.

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  2. Such a sweet sweater for Lucy, what a friend you have to give you all that thread to play with, and another fabulous landscape nearing completion. I invite you to link up to WIPs Be Gone. This eye candy is fabulous.

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  3. great job as usual... and great haul. I like rainbows thread a lot. Really shiny and fast color changes. Have fun with those... I might be a teeny bit envious... LeeAnna

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    1. Thanks, I cannot WAIT to play with them. I put them on a thread rack near the machine, where they'll be within easy reach whenever a break is needed from projects.

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  4. Hello Linda,

    Love the threads - I can see sky, sea, hills and sunsets.

    Aren't you relieved that your husband isn't keen on Lucy's cardy? Now you needn't feel obliged to knit one in his size.

    Love, Muv

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    1. LOL, wouldn't he look sweet in that! Looking so forward to using those threads---and last night the same friend gave me my birthday present, which was many more amazing threads in Superior's other lines. I am so pumped!

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