Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sharing Space

Happy new year!

Thanks to life getting in the way (new pinch-pleat draperies being altered for a large bay window in the dining room), progress on the latest landscape quilt with the pieced Vicki Welsh hand-dyes only amounts to some fusing and machine basting on the quilt top. The bottom piece is also sewn on.

The jay, the leaves, and the squirrel--whose place in this quilt top, by the way, is dubious--have yet to be fused. (The squirrel is far too large if those owls are 'barred owls'--and I think they are--which are 16 to 25 inches in length, according to Wikipedia. And they would eat a squirrel in a heartbeat. Trouble is, I don't like the branches bare.)

Some wrinkles developed in the areas that were basted (although the upper left section looks far worse than it is--just needs some smoothing on the design wall).

The wrinkles that did occur are due to my choice not to interface (for stabilization) the quilt top. That was an attempt to minimize the final weight of the quilt. So, here's hoping the wrinkles 'quilt out.'

Moving on...despite the drapery panels dominating space in the studio, there was just enough room to work on my Quilty Box project.

Thank you Leah Day for coincidentally choosing all my favorite colors in these Island Batiks for the December box! Awesome FMQ dvd included, and the 6-1/2" square ruler I have needed for some time. Also a spool of Isacord thread, my favorite for quilting.

Only one glitch occurred, while attaching the joining strips...

This is what happens when you forgetfully put a Janome bobbin in an old Singer sewing machine (probably a new one, too). This is the back of the square--you would never guess from the front that anything was wrong; it looked great! That's because these old workhorse Singers (this one's a 1962) are troopers and will try to stitch properly no matter what's wrong.

Last but not least, winter finally arrived this week.

VVHH (very versatile handy husband) bringing in the recycling bin
This coming week I hope to finish altering the draperies so that work can resume on the landscape quilt.

Linking up with Off the Wall Friday. Check it out and get some great time management tips for the new year!

Have a great weekend!