Early this morning (2 AM?) I finished sewing down the binding on No Blue Geese in my Tropical Garden. I used the pattern Geese in my Garden by Mary Honas. My quilt name reflects that there is no blue in the quilt top. At the time I started this quilt it seemed like every quilt I made had blue in it.
Last month I took it down to Rocking Chair Quilts and rented time on their HQ16. I loaded the top in sideways so I would have a good run for the feathers I did down the print and black strips. The quilting is not award winning. At the time, I thought it horrible. But once it was off the frame and washed, it’s not bad — still won’t win any awards.
The feathers in the top and bottom strip were done starting and stopping as I rolled the quilt up. I obviously need to practice more with that concept. Here are a few detail pictures. You should be able to click on them to see them larger.
It measures approximately 58 x 80.
Now to send an e-mail to Finn and let her know I have another finish for the year!
Thanksgiving weekend I discovered I didn’t have anything really portable to take to a sew in. I’m working on the Cream & Green quilt, the Double Wedding Ring and No Blue Geese — but currently it’s all in the hand work stage and rather large to tote around. Not wanting to start anything new, I pulled down my box containing this quilt –well really just the letters and prepped about 1/2 of my letters. This project can’t be completed until sometime in May, so I’m sporadically working on it.
In the meantime, I’m still working on my Double Wedding Ring — Started the 6th row last night. I’m also working on No Blue Geese. I quilted a large pleat into the backing, so I’m having to stitch it down by hand. Once I get that done, I’ll put the binding on and post a photo. The Cream and Green quilt is still waiting on some handwork as well.
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I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. Today kicks off a week of vacation. I don’t have to be back at work until the 6th. I plan to use this time off to make significant progress on several of my quilts which are close to being finished.
Next Tuesday I have time reserved on a long arm. I’ve decided to take “No Blue Geese in My Tropical Garden”. Instead of loading it top to bottom, I’m going to load it side to side as illustrated below:
In the black inner borders and the tropical print, I’m planning on doing a string of feathers. I know that they will be nearly impossible to see – especially since I plan to use black thread — but since these will be my first feathers, I don’t know that I want them seen.
The geese, I plan on outlining and running a squiggle through.
That leaves the piano key borders and the cornerstones.
I could do the same thing on the cornerstones as the strip of geese — but I haven’t figured out how to do it continuously.
As for the piano keys, I have no idea, so I’m open to suggestion. And yes, I plan to turn the quilt to get the top and bottom borders.
In the meantime, I’ve got to finish up the quilting and borders on Chain of Stars and put in some time on the Double Wedding Ring. For that, I’ve borrowed my niece’s Harry Potter video collection to watch/listen to while I’m hand quilting.