I was just notified by WordPress that this is my 500th blog post! I wish I had something more substantial to share.
I had scheduled an installation for HD Satellite TV at my house today and they let me know that I could expect the installer any time between 8 am and noon. So I hung out at home today getting some things done around the house and getting a lot of sewing done.
I got a call from the satellite company at 11 am letting me know that the installer would be late. But he should be at my place a little after noon. So I hurried and took a shower. At 3:00 I received a phone call from the installer letting me know that he was on his way and would be here in 30 minutes.
Once he got here we realized that there are too many trees around my house to install the HD equipment. This HD dish requires a better and more full view of the sky. I wonder how they can install ANY around Portland! There are a lot of trees here.
So, no HD Satellite TV for me. But I did get a new remote control out of the deal… and I needed a new one badly. It’s a beauty!
While I was spending all that time waiting for the installer I got busy and sewed up the remaining 15 blocks needed for the blue KFC lap quilt I started yesterday. I just love how the individual blocks look. These fabrics are so amazing together!
You might notice that the edges of that polka dot fabric are pinked. Some of the strips I used were from an old strip set a friend of mine gave me. I have to say, I’m not a fan of pinked edges in 2.5 inch strips. Depending on the company, the 2.5 inch measurement can be from the valleys of the pinking, or from the peaks. This one didn’t even seem to be a full 2.5 inches at the peak.
Wow. That’s a terrible photo! Basically, I had to sew very carefully so that the rectangles in this finished block would be a full 2.5 inches high. I’m not a fan of pinking. Did I say that already?
I got all the blocks up on my design wall and calculated that the finished size will be around 45 x 60 inches. I checked with my friend and she said that size will be perfect! She still doesn’t know what I’m making. It will be a surprise.
I moved blocks around several times. It needed small tweaks. I promise these are all different.
And this will be the final lay out.
It won’t take long to sew this quilt top together. But I decided not to do it tonight. It will have to wait until Tuesday night.
And I have to say… I’m loving sewing on this little Featherweight machine! Even the sound of it makes me happy. Someone asked me why people love these machines so much and I found this article with a quick search that sums it up.
And as I was talking to my friend on the phone tonight (the one who was just here visiting) I remembered a piece of fabric I’ve had for a long time that would be a perfect backing for this quilt. Keep in mind that my friend wants this quilt to wrap up in as she has her coffee in her garden in the morning.
It’s a Philip Jacobs design from his Snow Leopard line. I just love this for the backing!
I mentioned a few days ago that I was thinking about another Aboriginal quilt to make. My friend and I saw one at Boersma’s quilt shop in McMinnville, Oregon, that caught our eye.
It’s a pattern by Kitchen Table Quilting called Libby. You can find it here.
I had almost all the fabrics for this in my stash. I was able to find the few pieces I needed except for one. I had to substitute another fabric for that one (top row center).
I might use the off white Moda fabric in that photo for the background, but I’m not sure I’m in love with it. It feels a little blah. I bought that fabric at the same shop many years ago when they had an Aboriginal Fabric quilt there that used it. I never really had a plan for it, but I liked it with the Aboriginal designs.
I also saw this quilt when I was there. I really like the pattern. I have no idea what fabrics I’d use. It would be fun out of either KFC fabrics or Aboriginal designs. Maybe I should break out some of my batiks.
Here’s the pattern I bought.
With having to stay at home today, my dogs thought it was a very boring day.
It’s Sunday and I would normally share reader Frankenbags, but I’ve had to switch to a new computer and haven’t quite figured out where all the photos are. I hope to have them later this week.