Whew – it was a long day of quilting but I accomplished a lot. Just the border to do on the quilt and I have most of the quilting done on this tale runner – just have to decide what final quilting to add to it. I used a bright variegated King Tut thread to go with all those easter egg looking colors.
I knew I couldn’t count on them so I started dinner earlier – baked potato, Paula Deen’s pineapple casserole (which I revamped to remove as many points as I could but it just wouldn’t be right without that buttery cracker crumb topping on it) and smoked pork chop (since I didn’t want to buy ham and it tastes the same). Yum might add in some fresh asparagus too.
Anyway, while I’m waiting for that to cook, I managed to get the rest of the center of the quilt done. Just the wide border remains, which will probably get a big feather design in it but I’m going to wait and start work on that another day. But the center went much quicker than I expected with not nearly the amount of wrestling with the quilt with this new machine as with my old one. Those extra inches of space and the extended bed make things so much easier!
I tried taking a photo outside to see if I could get the stitching to show up better but although it’s gotten overcast (looks like it could rain) which usually means the stitching shows up a bit more, it didn’t help a lot but here are the photos anyway.
But the colors in the photos are true. I’m also going to have to go on the search for the binding that I believe I made back when I made the quilt top – tho I think I actually might just know where it is.
In the meantime, I pulled out a little springy colored wallhanging I spied hanging on a hanger in the closet. I think the leftover batting and backing I trimmed of the quilt is just the right side for the table runner so going to get that layered and maybe start a bit of quilting on that.
Much quilting progress has been made. It so nice to actually feel like I’m accomplishing something again and so nice to be able to work in my sewing room without winter’s cold penetrating the room.
I’ve got maybe about half of the quilt center quilted. I decided to do one sort of larger flower-ish design which basically fills all the space between the larger plaid squares where I did the free motion spiral flower. I can’t get it to show up real well in the photos in the light I’ve got right now in the sewing room but here’s the back and front of the quilt. So a cup of coffee and a little treat and I’ll get back at it.
Well I have been fighting a losing battle with my ironing board for a while now. The latch on the bottom that holds it to the highest height is giving out. Every once in a while it slips and as I’m ironing the board goes ka chunk ka chunk ka chunk down to the lower levels until it catches – or ends up lowered to the floor. This is not healthy for an iron whether it is hot or not (tho would be a good excuse to replace this once since I picked up the wrong style Rowenta and don’t like this one nearly as much as the other style I usually buy). But, so far no damage to the iron – it just scares the heck out of me. But an ironing board is not one of those things I remember to buy when I’m out shopping with friends but this morning, after having breakfast with a friend and stopping at a store or two, I actually remembered to buy a new ironing board. Yes there it is in all it’s shrink-wrapped glory. Black – even the legs – which seems a bit unusual.
It actually “feels” like a spring day outside today. It’s not necessarily sunny but it is much warmer than it has been and I’ve actually got the door cracked open as well as my sewing room window to finally let some fresh air in – as long as it doesn’t get windy since the window is right next to all those quilt pieces I put I order not long ago ont hat design wall.
All four winter caps – the April blocks for Knitter’s Gifts, are now done except for the squaring up. So I’m actually caught up on this project tho I can’t say the same for Dog Pound Pals Adoption Society — I need to print a couple patterns and decide on fabrics.
Picked up a new movie while I was out shopping so I think some movie watching and some machine quilting will be how I spend my afternoon.