Greetings! The first thing I did as soon as I could use my sewing machine again was put the binding on “Spirit of Japan #3: Kuruma”. This quilt is finished (except for a hanging sleeve and label). It has been accepted into the Vermont Quilt Festival where it will show for the first time in June. Yay! Since I don’t have the hanging sleeve on yet, here she is on the kitchen floor (click on any pics for enlargements):
I’m happy with how this came out! This is a situation in which I finished “Spirt of Japan#4: Many Moons” before I finished #3. That apparently used to happen with symphonies – famous composers would get bogged down with a symphony and go on to the next one and finish it before coming back to the earlier one. In case you are new to my blog, here is #4 which I finished last year, now hanging in my entryway:
You can go to my web site (gladiquilts.net) to see #1 and #2 in the series. I’m waiting for inspiration to strike before starting #5!!
Also, since liberated to use my machine, the silk quilt has surfaced and I’m making progress. I paper piece smaller “units”:
4 units are sewn together to make a “block””
I am making 4 blocks at a time, but not sewing them together yet as I want to embellish them before I sew the pieces together – much easier to embellish is smaller units. Here’s what I have so far:
And here is my design wall right now:
I have 7 of the 9 units of “Sunshine and Shadow” hand sewn via EPP technique and you can really see better how it’s going to look now, though I do plan to add borders:
I sewed the borders onto “Inner City” and it’s now ready for layering and hand quilting though doubt I’ll do that before the summer:
In the hoop (with 22 of the 56 Baptist fans via hand quilting completed):
I am enjoying spring – crocuses are up and I love looking at the lacy patterns tree branches make against the sky as the buds and leaves start to come out:
Love this quote that I saw somewhere on line recently, “Having a thing is not as satisfying as making a thing.”
I’ve always been a “maker.” When I was a child I loved making paper dolls and clothes for them – I filled shoe boxes!! Then I discovered sewing and making clothes at about age 12 and all through adolescence sewed clothes, knit, and did embroidery. After a long hiatus during which I went to med school, worked and raised a family and didn’t sew, I got back to needlework when I turned 40 with cross stitching and then 4 years later tried and fell in love with quilting. Now, 24 years after that, I can’t imagine life without “making” and I hope that I can continue to be creative and inventive in making quilts and can continue to discover new techniques and designs that inspire me for a long time to come!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi