Wedding quilt…..I know….when is going to be finished??? Good question. I have a goal of Oct 6th!
I am at a stop on the wedding quilt until I get my “border” pattern. I’ve done all my quilting around the squares….in the ditch; all straight lines. I don’t do free-motion quilting well; and don’t want to “goof up” this project, so close to the finish. I debated getting a border stencil and mark the borders for stitching, and then I tripped over another product in a catalogue.
I ordered something called Borders Made Easy; which is a paper template that you stitch through & follow the design. I am waiting for them to arrive this week. I picked a design that was a little free form, so if I am not perfect, it won’t look terrible. Should look like this:
I ordered on Saturday from Keepsake quilting( http://www.keepsakequilting.com/productdetail/8239.htm# ); and am patiently waiting the arrival…they shipped yesterday (finally), but no tracking info…so I am trying to be calm.
Meanwhile, I am trying to create a label for the back of the quilt with my embroidery machine. Wish me luck as I keep getting birdnests….and have to start over! I haven’t used my embroidery machine very much; because I get so busy “quilting”…so I need to work with it a bit more. I finally figured out that I just need to rethread everything if it does get jammed. And, I figured out how to clear the birds nest without cutting a hole in the project!. It is a challenge.
On other matters, I have pulled two UFO’s from the box…both small throw sized quilt tops I started 2 years ago. I plan to finish them up into twin size and send to the “Cover Colorado” quilt drive. (see post – https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/quilts-for-colorado/ )
I had to order some additional fabric to make borders; and again, keeping my calm while I await the delivery. The original tops were browns and greens, and I don’t have much brown fabric in my stash. Meanwhile, I can study them a bit and figure out how to finish them up. (Probably should have ordered more batting….but I will be out this weekend where I can purchase some)
It’s been a busy week for me. Feeling sorry for my hubby and his bad back, I ‘ve done the grass cutting and trimming this week. (Big job and for me it takes a couple of afternoons.) I’ve been able to SKYPE a couple of times with my daughter who is enroute to Africa with her family. They have a stopover for a week in Europe, before the long haul flight. It will be a big adventure for sure. Time for me to start thinking about “shots” for a future visit.
Yesterday was “blood bank” day where I donated another pint toward my 2nd gallon. Glad they were giving out different t-shirts this time..my last two donations I got a repeat shirt! 🙂 Great to wear to remind people to donate. Anyway, I want to research the “disqualifiers” for blood donations and travel locations and travel immunizations. I want to go visit with the grandchildren; but don’t want to find myself unable to ever donate blood again. I’ve noticed so many restrictions for donors; travel history; body piercing, tatoo’s etc, that I don’t want to present myself for donation and be declined. With so many people getting tatoo’s and piercings, I wonder where the blood donors will come from in a crisis. I think a tatoo disqualifies you for a year, as does a piercing of any sort.
Today is a sewing day this morning; and then in the afternoon, I am going to a lecture at the library about the History of the Victorian Tea. I was surprised to find out that TEA will be served. Now that I am aware they will be serving, I will alter my outfit for the day, and wear something more appropriate to attending a Victorian Tea…in other words…skip the blood bank t-shirt!
Saturday, I am looking forward to an early start, heading north to an outdoor quilt show! It’s advertised as a “backyard quilt show” at Lil Country Shoppe, in Middletown Delaware. http://www.lilcountryshoppe.com/ I’m going to stop and pick up a friend and no doubt buy a bit of fabric at the Shoppe folowing the show.
Off to stitch a little !