Saturday, June 8, 2013
I joined up with some of my Australian friends for Friday night with Friends hosted by Cheryll , I was pretty sure I would be stitching anyway and the good thing is I can stitch on Thursday which is Friday for them and again on Friday . So what did I do you are asking , my quilts are finished right , but my mini quilt is not so I worked on that and let me tell you it is slow going . I chose a much thicker batting than I should have and I am stitching pretty much every seam line and there are lots of seams which also pose a problem as there is lots of stab stitching . The consistency of my stitches leaves a lot to be desired but I am not too concerned .
My quilt frame was empty so I had thought about putting it away for the summer months but changed my mind as I enjoy sitting for a few minutes now and then and quilting so I had to see what I could put on so that was my next Friday night project. This quilt is likely my oldest UFO , yep , at least in the quilting category , I likely have some garment started somewhere that never got finished but once quilting came into my life garment making sort of went out the window . Ok back to this very old UFO , this quilt was the result of a block exchange way back , are you ready , 1999 -2000 , almost an antique for heavens sake . I did put the quilt top together about 4 + years ago but it never got finished and there is a story behind that but I won't get into that right now , lets just say it was missing for those four years . In 1999 I first started using a computer , and I joined an online group of quilters" the Friendship Quilters" which was part of a larger online group called Sewing World , anyone remember that site, too bad it is gone as it was wonderful. This group set up an exchange that was for 18 months and we would change the block each month and exchange with a different person each time. This all went very well in the beginning but people have busy lives and things happen that some blocks never did arrive so I added blocks that I made mostly as practice blocks to fill in and make this quilt work . Carrie if you are reading this there are at least two but I think three blocks you made that are in this quilt, you were always great to send when someone did not . I am excited about getting this hand quilted after all these years , it will take me a while for sure but I think since it has waited this long it can wait a little longer . If I was smart I would have taken a before photo of the quilt top but didn't think about that until it was already on the frame and it is too much trouble to take it off just for a picture so I will update you as I go along but for now you can see the blocks that are showing at present .
This post is getting long but I also have a few postcards to share with you , I was in an exchange this month and the theme was leaves so I did what any gal would do I went to the woods and picked some ferns and then I stamped them onto the fabric and although not perfect they did turn out pretty good . The green came out well but there are places that didn't pound as well as others . I did not take a picture of the one I sent off , I have to start remembering to do that but I made three since I was having such fun .
That's it for me today , it is pouring rain here as a result Andrea a tropical storm that is along the coast , not a nice day but a great one for sewing :-)
Thanks for the visit and have a great day.