Big and Beautiful

Big and beautiful…. the quilt, not me, you silly.

I have not been able to quilt as much as I normally do because I have been pretty sick.   But little by little, I finally got this quilt done.  It was on my machine for 18 days.  Normally, I would have been able to do this one in 4 days.    Thankfully, my friend Sammi has been patient about waiting for me to finish.

This is while it was still on my machine, being quilted:

 

finished:

 

 

 

 

 

And the back:

 

 

So Fine thread in bobbin, White Glide on top.  Quilter’s Dream Puff batting.

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Frozen

We had more freezing rain, snow, sleet, ice drips.

 

 

Guess what?!  I did not forget how to quilt.  I haven’t gotten too far on this, and it is taking much longer than it should, but I am working at it.  Only a couple hours a day at the most while in a flare, but doing it.  I have never done these curly feathers and not sure if I like them or not.  But it is good to try new things, right?

Feathered Star done

I finished piecing my feathered star.  I did the borders differently than Ronda’s Spanish Rose pattern called for.  Instead, I used the template in the book Fans and Flutterbys.  I have used it before successfully, so didn’t want to re-invent the wheel.  My quilt, before the last border was not close enough to the measurement it said it should be to feel comfortable doing it Ronda’s way.  Hey….. there is always more than one way to do something!

As much as I like this quilt, I must say…. I am tired of looking at it and ready to hang it in the cabinet for quilting later.

And for fun, go see Gretchen’s blog for another version of this same quilt.  Very different, but also pretty.

I also got done with the applique on Cindy’s quilt for our round robin.  It isn’t perfect… which is why she will know that I did it!  This week, done is better than perfect.

 

My next project?  I don’t know for sure.  Something easy and scrappy I think.  I need to use my GO! cutter on some blue and yellow fat quarters that are singing to me.  Just have to decide on a pattern.

Amaryllis watch:

2 days ago:

And the taller one this morning:

Star Borders

I’ve been working on my star borders for my Feathered Star quilt.  And damn if they aren’t too big.  I haven’t done exact measurements yet, but I think I need to put in a 1/2″ finished coping strip.  At first I was NOT happy about that.

But you know what?  I think it NEEDS this strip in here.  What a great design opportunity to make it even better, right?  That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!

 

If you double click on the photo, you will see the narrow strip of lighter green on the left side.  That is the fabric I plan to use for the coping strip.

 

Today was another snowy day.  Steve was gone most of the day so I quilted for about 5 hours, then worked on the border shown above.  This afternoon I took all the leftovers out of the fridge and put together dinner.  I was anxious to use my new pie plate and pie bird from Tumbleweed Pottery.  Neil and Yvonne sent it to me for Christmas.  They know I have several other pie birds and thought I would enjoy this.  I DO!

 

Isn’t it cute??

 

It worked perfectly for making a turkey pie with leftovers.  The pie plate is very deep.  Steve will be glad, he loves deep dish apple pie too.

 

Hope you all had a good day, no matter what you did!

And the winner is…..

I asked for help in naming this quilt:

and got LOTS of wonderful suggestions.  Thank you all so very much.

The winner is Carol, who suggested:

Carol…email me with your mailing address so I can get a prize off to you.  It will be a surprise…to BOTH of us!  LOL

I chose the name “Love, Second Time Around”  because the tablecloth was used… re-purposed.  And because this project was as wonderful/awful, loving/nasty, good/bad, disappointing/satisfying, and easy/difficult as my 2nd marriage.  I was madly in love with my late husband…. and miss him all the time.  But living with him was like living on a roller coaster.  Much like working on this quilt!  I thought of him often when stitching it.  So the name fit!

I got my MQX entry info sent, and some other little jobs done in the last few days.

My next little project is to put a border on this round robin I am involved in.  The next border has to be appliqued.  I have a plan.  Plan #537 in fact!

Oh the birds!

How am I ever going to get any sewing, quilting, cooking or cleaning done when there are so many birds to watch???  Sure is hard for someone who is as easily entertained and distracted as I am.

It snowed part of the day, but Steve did get us plowed out.  It is the first day he wore his new “duck suit”.  His other one was completely worn out.  Santa brought him this one.

So, while I stuffed and roasted a turkey, made all the rest of dinner, did a couple loads of laundry and worked on my feathered star quilt…… I watched birds.  From EVERY window in the house.

I saw these out our bedroom window.  Oh my, they were so BUSY!

And these were out the front studio window, in the front maple tree:

This afternoon,  I stepped outside my (front) door for the first time in …… more than a week?  I forget how long…. and snapped this shot of the pretty sky behind the “tree of life”.  The birds LOVE to take cover in this beautiful Blue Spruce.

The real excitement this week has been the hawk sitings.  I saw one Monday in the tree just above the feeders in the front maple tree.  Steve has seen several hawks flying/hunting while outside doing chores.  One in particular is very noisy.  We see hawks and bald eagles year round, but it is very difficult to get a photo of either kind of bird.

Yesterday and today a hawk has been in the same area that is approximately 1000 yards feet…. a LONG way away…. in the treeline, at the top of a tree.

yesterday:

And today:

And just for my son, Neil…..

“Run!”

(family joke…)

Thanks to everyone who left me a comment on my last post.  The names suggested for my quilt are really wonderful and fun.  You are all so creative!  And some not!  LOL   In the next day or two I will make a decision.

Tomorrow is a big day…. I am getting dressed and riding into town with Steve to the grocery store.  WOO HOO!  I have not yet gotten cabin fever because I have been too busy sewing, quilting, baking, cooking and bird watching to get that way.  I would just send Steve tomorrow, but I have to go to the pharmacy too, and he can’t do that for me.

Hey, our Christmas tree and lights are still up and still on.  We are still enjoying them!  Maybe I will take the tree down (stuff it in the plastic bag…decorated!)  and let Steve put it back in the closet next month.  He enjoys it as much as I do.

The other 3 big things on my very near future TO DO list are:

  • get MQX entry form stuff ready and sent
  • quarterly taxes
  • do some snow dying

Maybe some snow dyed fabric would be a good prize for the winner of the name my quilt contest?

Name my quilt!

Anybody want to suggest a name for my quilt?  I have a couple of names in mind… none of them nice.  This quilt gave me fits…the thread, the bobbin, my machine, the whole way.  I need a name so I can get a label made.  It really isn’t good enough for MQX, but I may send it anyway.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.  SO much so, that there just may be a little prize involved if  I use your suggestion.

We have had two days of snow…..7 more similar days predicted.   I have had 2 days of B’s.  Binding the quilt above, Steve Bitching about at the weatherman, watching Birds, and today Baking Brownies for the grouch Steve, Biscotti for me, and Bread because we were out.

We hope to have a P day tomorrow.  P for PLOW.  We have not seen or heard a plow since the snow started.

This is part of what keeps me cheerful all winter:

 

Don’t forget to name my quilt!

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