I got up this morning and had breakfast, got a nice hot shower, and then before I knew it my 2:00 pm alarm went off! How the hell did that happen?
And the rest of the day just continued to disappear in the same way.
My friend and I stuck around the house all day and we did actually get some serious shit done.
And by that I mean that we finished two of my friend’s quilt backs. Have I told you how much my friend and I HATE making quilt backs? Well we do. So getting two of them done in one day is a big damned deal!!!
First off, we started with the easier one. This one is a throw size string quilt made from Australian Aboriginal scraps with a KFC Onion Rings strip as the center diagonal of each block.
I love string quilts and I ABSOLUTELY love this string quilt! I love the Aboriginal fabrics, and I think that white and graphic design of the onion rings really brightens and livens it all up. I think the white makes all the gorgeous colors just pop.
Look at this close up! It’s really beautiful!
My friend gave me a ton of strips and scraps a couple years ago after she made a couple Aboriginal quilts. Probably enough to make my own string quilt. I might have to start one this winter.
For the backing she had this gorgeous yellow piece of Aboriginal fabric with these fantastic blue birds. All we did for this backing was use two horizontal pieces of that fabric with a narrow strip of the onion rings connecting them.
Since we both hate making backings, we divided and conquered. We worked together to measure and plan each backing. After measuring a couple times I did all the cutting. Then my friend helped me pin everything. I did the sewing…
…and she did the pressing.
The backing for her other quilt was a little more involved because the quilt top is big… almost 90×90 inches. It’s made from six in squares set on point. It’s a pretty simple design but the big blocks really let the fabric designs be the star.
Since this quilt top is so big we had to add more fabric to get it to the size she needs. She used this gorgeous red and purple Aboriginal fabric and inserted a wide vertical strip of this yellow Aboriginal fabric to get it up to size.
Two width-of-fabric strips of the yellow weren’t long enough to fit the larger pieces of fabric, so we inserted a square of the blue bird fabric that was left over from the other quilt.
I love little surprises on a quilt back!
After dinner we got a few things ready for our upcoming adventure and then hunkered down and made four more blocks for my red Fractured quilt.
This means we now have 28 blocks out of 40 done. So all we have to do is three more sets of four blocks and we’ll be done. Well, done making blocks. Then after my friend heads home next week I’ll handle the squaring up, final layout, and sewing it all together.
That picture is actually of the four blocks I made last night. You probably didn’t even notice!
I walked out and took a look at my rose of Sharon this afternoon. It continues to bloom and bloom! And there are still tons of buds that are yet to bloom. I think this will be in bloom for the rest of September!!! it’s really surprising me every day.
Bender was subtly asking us to play after lunch today.