This charming blue and quilt white top sat unquilted for several years because of the wide border. I had an idea in mind for the quilting, something with feathers, but even after I loaded it onto the LA a couple of years ago I could not come up with the final design and off it came and ended up tucked away out of sight-and out of mind!
Saturday night I forced myself to bring it out and just do it! I used my scallops ruler to draw a template for the feather border that made the design much easier to create.
The body of the quilt has freehand feathers and the entire quilt is done with white thread.
Batting is Quilter's Dream Angel which drapes so nicely and still gives good definition.
I used "pebbling" inside the feather border and piano key on the outside and I am very happy with the result. Everything is freehand although I did use a ruler for the piano keys, I wanted to keep the lines reasonably parallel!
I drew a line at 45 degrees on the corners to help make a smooth transition.
With a solid color backing I always love how quilts look just like a whole cloth they are reversible, and the design shows up so well -this one is a Kona wide back muslin.
Now that it is done I cannot imagine why I procrastinated and I don't think that in future a wide border will bother me.
It took me several days of intense quilting time but it was really fun to do.
The lighthouse quilt is finished, bound with a red strip out of stash.
The border quilting resembles curling waves…….
and here is how it looks on the back, you can see that I added a sleeve for hanging. The quilt is for the beach house we visit in the summer so I will be mailing it to the generous couple who allow us to stay there.
Follow a group of four men (all Superior staff) as they gather together at their weekly Quilting Anonymous meeting to discuss their quilting habits and how they can continue to keep it a secret from their wives.
My iPod has been surviving in a couple of battered little cases, well worn past their prime! This evening I had an impulse to change that after seeing a tut on the Connecting Threads website for an iPhone cover.
The description states that this is large enough for iPhone with cover but I think it would be tight as you can see my iPod without a cover just fits.
This is the other side.
It turned out to be a bit fussy, lots of little pieces and I did not find the tutorial very clear. I think were I to make another I would not bother cutting and sewing all those little bits, but just use two pieces of a cute fabric. I quilted it on the DSM just as the tut suggested.
I am quite happy with it and now no longer need to be concerned about having the iPod slip out of the old covers.
Making all those wild chicken pincushions reminded me of when I was a child and my uncle raised "fancy" bantam chickens. So I went on a nostalgia internet search and came up with what seems to be an infinite number of crazy looking chicken!
For your amusement and entertainment here are some of the whackiest!
Some are barely recognizable as chickens, many defy description.
Bad blow dry!
Tried a baldness cure!
Hairdresser got carried away with the color!
Needs a haircut!
Maam, is that a flower on your head?
Bad hair day!
Stuck her claw in the light socket?
Cross between a poodle and a chicken?
Owl or chicken?
I hope that these have given you a few chuckles and a good start to your weekend!
Last night, too late to link on the day with Needlework Tuesday I finished another 14 chicken pincushions! I think they turned out super cute, don't you?
The fabrics were just scraps, whatever I had that fell into the 4.5" square range.
Tails and beaks are from 3", 2.5" and 1.5" scraps.
The top knots too are from my stash of trims.
The first one, already gifted, was filled with crushed walnut shells but it was messy and difficult.
So my only purchase for the project was a large bag of the cheapest rice !
The original instructions came from a Missouri Quilt Company video on Youtube, you only need to watch it once, maybe twice. Minimal hand work, some of the topknots, those I discovered wouldn't sew into the seams easily, plus hand sewing an inch to close after filling with the rice.