IT’S DONE!!!!!!!!!

Finally  – the last stitch has been put in the binding and this wedding quilt is done – only a year and a half AFTER the wedding.  I’ll be so glad to get this one set off — it sat in the corner languishing once the top was completed since I knew I wouldn’t get it quilted in time for the wedding – and then other projects got done before it since I wasn’t looking forward to pin basting it.  Finally I got it basted and half quilted and then it got set aside again.  I am very pleased with how it turned out and hope they like it.

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It’s the first large quilt I’ve quilted since I had gotten my Brother Nouvelle 1550s with the larger harp space and large extended quilting bed and I can’t tell you how much easier it was to quilt a large quilt.  Well actually I CAN tell you — it was sooooo much easier.  It’s amazing what a different a few inches can make in being able to maneuver all that fabric.

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The back even looks pretty cool since I used light blue and light tan thread so it shows up against the backing fabric.

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All the fabrics except the taupe framing pieces and the background – which I bought new – came from the stash.  The two blocks on each side of the center of the quilt come from a panel fabric a quilting friend had sent me years ago. they were waiting for just the right project and this one was it.  There are two pagoda blocks like above and two Koi pond blocks like below.

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I’m hoping to not repeat the year and a half delay in getting the next wedding quilt done.  The wedding is in October and I hope to have the top all put together in the next two weeks.

And my Cardipalooza sweater is drying on the blocking mats.  Got it pinned out last night.

The lace looks great blocked out (and the color is true in this photo for a change).

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Happy Fourth of July

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I would like to have a chat with the neighbor who was shooting off fireworks last night a 3:00 a.m. — to ask just exactly who stole his brain that he thought that was a good idea — or exactly how much he had had to drink which made him think it was a good idea especially considering the fireworks are illegal — or the fact that he’s shooting off illegal fireworks two three blocks from the police station on a hill which can be seen from the police station.  Yes – there definitely was no brain involved in this activity.

I walked out on the patio -since I was now awake  – watching the fireworks since they were shooting them into the woods right behind my apartment and I prefer to be awake if some stooge is trying to light the woods on fire.  But it didn’t last long – not sure if the police saw/heard them or  someone else in the neighborhood thought he was an idiot too and called them, but it wasn’t long and I saw blue and red lights (not in the sky but on the police car that pulled up in the street).  Hmm wonder how much a ticket is for shooting off illegal fireworks. 🙂

I’ve puttered away the morning so far but so nice to have this extra day added to the weekend.  It’s an overcast day – looks like it could rain any time – but hopefully it will hold off for those who have outside activities planned.  Me – I’ve got some sewing to do and some laundry to finish after I find some lunch or brunch or something besides just the coffee I’ve had so far.