It’s interesting how I can be in a creative funk one month and be on a productive streak the next month. Right now I’m feeling pretty damned productive.
I got up this morning and went and played Pickleball… FOR THREE HOURS! So when I got home I really just wanted to plop down on the sofa and ice my knee. Which I did for a half hour. I even set my timer so I wouldn’t let it drag out.
Then I hit my sewing room and got busy.
I finished sewing the final seams for the strip sets for the quilt I started yesterday. Then I got them pressed, trimmed the blocks and sat down on the sofa to pin the pieces as I watched even MORE Pickleball!
This is all the scraps that were left over! That’s a pretty efficient pattern!
Here’s A big stack of the blocks all pinned and ready to sew. I whipped these through my little Featherweight chain piecing style. It didn’t take long.
Then I got them all pressed and set them aside to work on something more pressing.
That’s all 20 blocks laid out on my cutting table.
Next I got cracking on the backing for the blue lap quilt. I plan to take it to my long arm quilter tomorrow. I had to add a strip down the center to make the piece wide enough. I didn’t want to cut up more of the bird fabric.
Next I dug into my stash to see if I had something to use as a backing for my NY Beauty wall hanging and discovered a left over piece of this wide backing from my blue 16 patch quilt.
And it matches the border on the wall hanging! So perfect!
That orange (the fruit and the color!) at the bottom will be the binding. It’s in the pieced top.
These quilts are all packaged up with their tops and are ready to go to my quilter.
Since I was still feeling like I wanted to get some shit done I tossed the new blocks up on my design wall.
I’m not sure I’d ever put this collection of fabrics together but I kind of like it. I like that it feels dark, but it has some really wonderful pops of color. I’ll still move a few things around after I look at it a little more.
These 20 blocks make for a pretty small quilt top, so I decided that I’ll add some borders. First I tried the dark Kaffe tiddlywinks, the dark pods at the top and the spotted fabric at the right. I sort of liked the tiddlywinks at first, but wasn’t sure about it.
Then I tried some black and white jumble because it almost always works. Nope!
Then I wondered about different color ways of jumble. And I think I found my border!
I’ll ruminate on this for a few days and then order some if I don’t change my mind.
I’m going to play Pickleball again tomorrow morning. Then I’ll wait to hear from my quilter on the best time to drop by.
In the last couple days, someone asked me about the blue fabrics I used in that lap quilt. I can’t locate the email or message to respond. But here’s the fabrics I used for my original blue KFC 16 patch, which is where most of them are from. You can find a fabric list that identifies all of these fabrics here. (For the person who asked the question: try Tennessee Quilts for the fabric you were asking about. I might have gotten it there.)
Look at this cutie patootie French bulldog names Gigi who was at Pickleball this morning. She was so friendly and excited to see me (ie: smell my dogs on me!).
I think I might need a small dog again.