I had the top hanging on the wall for a week trying to decide if I wanted to add another border. I decided against so this morning I put the sandwich together and started quilting. I don't know exactly what patterns I'll be using but I like how it looks so far.
On September 7, my youngest grandchild, Lily will be starting first grade. Our dilemma has been that she doesn't go anywhere without her well-worn, well-loved blanket. Actually she has three exactly the same and she's numbered them. She's had them since she was about six months old. It's our understanding that she won't be allowed to bring her blanket to school. So Lily gave me blanket #3 to cut up and make into something small enough to fit in her backpack. Here's what I came up with.
The top right is cut and bound with the original binding. The bottom one is a little smaller and bound with a kid print. The remainder has not only the original binding but also a baby print. I think one of the smaller ones will work out the best. Time will tell.
As I was reading my previous blog posts, I was reminded of quilts I gave away, as well as those I still have. I always have a quilt on the back of the couch (just in case I want a quick nap). Most of the time it's one of two quilts but I was thinking about the other quilts hiding away in the closet. I don't really have a lot of space to enjoy them. So I've decided I'm going to have a 'Quilt of the Week' display on the back of the couch. This will get them out of the closet so I can enjoy them plus give them a wash and re-folding. The quilt this week is my Grandmother's Flower Garden.
I've been in a hexie frame of mind in the evenings while watching tv. Here are some I've completed. I also have quite a few left over from a number of hexie quilts and projects. I'm thinking I may start another Grandmother's Flower Garden.
On another topic....I've been receiving error emails regarding comments I've left on various blogs. The message basically says that Google doesn't recognize my Yahoo email address. It looks like my comments are being posted so I'm assuming the blog owner is not receiving a notification email. The emails I'm receiving suggest I contact the Yahoo Mail Administrator. I didn't want to go through all that trouble so I created a gmail address. Everything in my life is connected to my Yahoo email address and it would be a nightmare to change that. The gmail address is strictly for blogging. I'm not sure if this will resolve the problem. If, by chance you do get an email and notice that I come up as a 'no reply' blogger, please let me know. I love getting comments on my blog and always try to respond to each one. I feel bad when I'm unable to respond due to the 'no reply' blogger issue.
The three blocks I added borders to a week or so ago has ended up to be a table runner instead of a wall hanging. I really enjoyed the process of making the sandwich, quilting it and sewing on the binding. I forgot how much I enjoy each step along the way.
When I set up my sewing machine for piecing a week or so ago, after at least a year off, I totally ignored the notes I had taped on the machine. They didn't make sense to me. So I put the 1/4 inch foot on and jumped right in. As I've been working on these blocks, I've been having a problem with points. I figured I was just out of practice. As I was working on the sixth block, I noticed that my needle was not centered in the hole of the foot. Then....the notes made sense. In order to get a truly accurate 1/4 inch seam, I have to adjust the needle to the numbers I had written down. I tested it and now have an accurate 1/4 inch seam. We'll see if that relieves any future points problems. For now, I'm living with the blocks as they are. Here they are sewn together.
At this point it measures 24 x 36. I guess I need to figure out what it's going to be....quilt, wallhanging or table runner.
My order from Connecting Threads arrived today and I've spent most of the afternoon washing, drying and ironing. The photo shows the fabric but not all of it has been ironed yet. I forgot how much work it is to prep fabric for use. It doesn't help that I'm basically starting from scratch on a new stash. The colors and patterns of the fabric are just exactly as I hoped.
I picked up a few storage bins and a new ironing board cover yesterday at Walmart. I never gave the pattern of the ironing board cover a thought until I put it on the ironing board. Stripes! What was I thinking? It makes me cross-eyed.
Fortunately I have a pressing board I use for pressing my quilt pieces so I don't notice it so much but I'll have to keep pattern in mind next time I buy a new cover.
I finished another two Double X #4 blocks and I can see some nice secondary patterns coming together. Very cool!