Greetings! Exactly 2 weeks from today Al and I leave for a 2 week trip to the Pacific Northwest. We fly to Seattle, rent a car, and spend time in the San Juan Islands, Vancouver, Victoria, the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park, and finish up with 3 days in Seattle. In planning for the trip, what sewing project to bring is right up in there in priority with what clothes to bring! Needless to say, I won’t be doing much sewing, but I Iike a little hand work in the wee morning and late evening hours and sometimes between excursions as well. You never know when a hand sewing project will come in handy. On last year’s vacation I got a lot of sewing done on a 5 hour ferry ride in weather that was too nasty to enjoy the scenery.
Option #1: I could bring my first “Time of Plenty” border (see previous blog posts for better pictures!):
It has 16 flowers, 42 leaves, and 42 berries that need to be appliquéd – plenty to keep my busy! The advantage is that this is all prepped and ready to go. The disadvantage is that if I lose it or something happens to it, I don’t have enough of the red background fabric to make another (not at all sure I could get more) and I would also be losing a ton of work that has already gone into getting it this far! Best not to chance it.
Option #2: My hexie star project has been my travel take-along project for the last 2 years. However, adding the connecting background pieces is not nearly as fun as making the stars and I’ve been stalled on this project for a while. Piecing each star leads to seeing a surprise kaleidoscope effect when done – so much fun!;
Piecing the background in – not so much fun. The pieces and sections have not been well organized. I decided to put what I have on the design wall and make some decisions.
I have 11 rows of stars; the rows alternate 11 and 10 stars. 4 of those rows still need connector pieces added. Instead of making an entire large quilt of stars, I’ve decided I am going to make the stars the center of a medallion style quilt. But I don’t want it to be square – what I currently have is essentially a square. So…I need to more rows to make a rectangle of 13 horizontal rows. Two more rows will require another 21 stars. Do I want making these stars to be my vacation project? I have the fabrics – had them set aside already:
But it would require me to not only cut out 147 pieces (21 stars x 7 pieces per star), but make sure they are placed properly for fussy cutting and then I’d have to iron down all the edges in the next 2 weeks. A lot of work! Not feeling like I want to do this at this time. But at least I now have everything nicely organized (each row in a separate baggie), the fabrics picked out for the 21 new stars. It is all ready for when I feel the urge to make progress on this and I know where I’m going with it!
Option #3: Work on the Hospital Sketches border. Yesterday I washed and ironed the gold background fabric and cut the 4 border strips out – decided to cut them 10 inches wide. I picked a green fabric that I had enough of for the vine and made the vine for one border. I decided to not have the vine go around the corners – will echo a design from one of the center blocks in the corners. Today I have made some of the leaves and berries – prepared edge method. Here’s what this looks like on my design wall right now. You can also see I’m looking at putting in a narrow red inner border and a red sashing between the blocks:
Here’s the latest block I finished (gold color much truer in above pics). Only 2 more to go!:
So I have decided to bring the first border for Hospital Sketches on vacation with me. Stitching the leaves and berries with their already pre-turned edges should be relaxing and fun. And it won’t take much more work to finish making all the pieces for this one border strip and basting them down. If something happens to it, I should be able to easily get more of the gold fabric and the amount of work invested won’t be quite as much. Not that I expect anything to happen!!!
Here are a few more quilts from the Maine quilt show for you to enjoy! As always, click on any of the pics to enlarge and enjoy the details.
There was a wonderful display of Andrea Brokenshire’s stunningly beautiful flower quilts!!! These are hand and thread painted:
Wonderful hand quilting on this one. The stitches were dense enough to create a trapunto effect for her feathers:
A beautifully done Judy Niemeyer design:
Lovely appliqué and nice hand quilting, too:
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi