After a quilt retreat I’m slow to get back into the swing of things. Could it be the late night chatting that takes place or the full speed ahead piecing? Anyway, I think I’ve just about got everything put away — at least the bags are empty and stashed away between the sewing table and wall.
But I did get a bit of stitching done this week. First up are two more zipper bags. They really are easy to make. When I was at Jo-Ann’s this week looking for a “figure 8” key ring to use for a zipper pull, I eyed the fusible fleece considering more. They didn’t have the key ring — we finally found them at Hobby Lobby.
The second thing I’ve worked on is the Birthday Quilt. This evening I carefully loaded it on the machine and started quilting where I left off after in the middle of the first pass. Three hours later I still have another 1 1/2 – 2 hours to go. And I have no idea how many bobbins I’ve used. I’ll have to count.
There is a whole lot more quilting in this quilt than anything else I’ve ever quilted (which explains the numerous bobbins). I have one more column of Pennsylvania blocks and a column of star blocks and the setting triangles to go. Here’s a picture of the quilting in the Pennsylvania block. If you click on the picture it will enlarge.
I still need to work on the outlining of the blocks. Well, all of the quilting. But it has been a while since I quilted anything. And since this batting is 100% cotton, I’m hoping shrinkage will occur and hide the bad stuff.