Saturday, October 11, 2014

Endings and Beginnings

 For as long as I can remember, Saturdays are for laundry and cleaning-a quick whip-through so you can go and play in the sewing room.   I can play anytime I want usually, but Saturdays still follow this schedule.   I would say some habits become very deeply ingrained!  After I whipped through this morning, I knew which project was calling me!  When in Georgia, I bought this rainbow fabric for the border for the disappearing pinwheel rainbow quilt.   I cut the strips on the lengthwise grain so keep the stripes just right-I think it is everything I wanted for the quilt!
 This was a case of 'miters only' for the border plans.   It worked out easily and now the quilt top joins the queue while I finish the quilt on the frame.
 This is the one I'm working on now;  the antique nine patches that Millie completed.   I am quilting it freehand with a variety of patterns to echo the borders and then highlight the smaller blocks.
 One nice part about the freehand work for quilts lately is that I can sit down while I do them.  I cannot stand for the hours required for doing the pantographs.  I will use them for smallers quilts as I can complete them in two hours instead of the 8-10 hours for a large quilt.  It is going to work out well and I hope to have it done in a week!
I used the two left over skeins of Hawthorne yarn for a new sock-I am using one row per each skein and carrying the strands up the side seam for an invisible exchange.   The interplay of colors is really making a very pretty sock!   I hope you like it Marsel-it's for you!

6 comments:

  1. That is a gorgeous quilt! I love the borders. Miters are something I really struggle with. I have watched every You Tube video and tried it many times with ugly results. My brain just doesn't work that way so I have to do the ugly square fold at every corner.

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  2. lovely colours on the quilt! and the sock - I like the way the two separate colours seem to mix in the sock... not sure that cubby hole shelves like yours would work for me. I don't have a cat that's keen to snuggle into one - but they would be stuffed so full that the balls would roll out again - even without the helping paws of a feline:)

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  3. Ahhh, the quilt is gorgeous!!! Nice to have a souvenir fabric for the border. :)

    I love the socks -- what a fun color blend!

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  4. The quilt is so pretty! I have a soft spot for rainbows :)

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  5. What a great border fabric! Just right!

    Love the way those two yarns are playing together!

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  6. You would never know that sock was made with two different yarns. They blend together perfectly. I never thought of doing it this way and you can bet I'll try this myself with left over sock yarn. Cool!!

    You have the best ideas.

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