Yep, I know.
Here I am, after working full time for several months, I have three weeks in between job assignments and did I drop in to write about my quilting projects?
Did I post a couple of pictures of my newest projects in process?
And now I have the audacity to swoop in here and say that I FINISHED something without so much as a how-do-you-do?
It’s such a strange feeling to sit down at the computer and, (I hate to admit it) not want to be here. I just don’t feel like I’m saying anything **NEW!** **EXCITING!!** and/or (most importantly) **INSIGHTFUL!!!!!**
I’ve been working in this quiet, sort of trudging mode and it didn’t seem that sharing it would make it any more **IMPORTANT!!!!**
That’s it, in a nutshell. Just a work-a-day sort of attitude, and I’m not one to sugarcoat it when I’m not feelin’ it. (Funny how I’m still finding lots of words to say though . . .)
So here we are – such a cute project for a new baby – actually the new niece of my daughter-in-law-to-be. Momma wanted purple, daughter-in-law-to-be loves pink, so this is a cute project that ties both of them together with color.The quilt is laying on the grass in the front yard – I swear that it really is square! The finished size is about 50″ x 50″ – large enough to make tents and forts and host outdoor tea parties – all the really important things that quilts need to be large enough to do.
It went together pretty quickly – my biggest challenge was that I pretty much cleared out most of my purple fabrics and had to restock! Darn!
I used some old paper piecing templates for 2 1/2″ finished size half square triangles (HST’s) that I had squirrelled away from 1990. The idea is that you stack 2 fabrics faces together, put the paper on top of the sandwich, stitch along the marked lines and cut them apart, creating 24 identical HST’s. Good in theory, not as practical as it seems because the paper allows the fabric underneath to creep up a bit, so the finished HST’s weren’t quite as uniform as I like.
The backing was this adorable fairy/elf fabric that I found on clearance in the small town where I was working. It’s by Michael Miller, and I bought the balance of the bolt. You know how sentimental I get about elves on baby quilts, so it seemed *right.*
I free-motion quilted it with an all-over leafy viney free-form pattern and quilted a daisy chain in the periwinkle outer border.I have precious few finishes this year – I’ve done several round-robin projects, and even made myself a couple of pairs of loose fitting summer pants (mostly in the hopes that I would never have to hang my pasty, poison-ivy-scarred pegs out at all this summer.)Very boho, very comfy, very forgiving – what else could I possibly ask for besides better lighting?
I do have a couple of interesting projects on the drawing board – something a bit more than a traditional pieced HST quilt – so the words will come again (as will the over-thinking and second-guessing) but for now, thank you Dear Readers, for stopping by.
All the best to you as we finish up the summer -