Greetings dear readers! “Corona Zig Zag” is at last complete!
Started January 2020; top finished about a year ago and it took me this long to get the back made and the quilt off to be long arm quilted by Sue Foster. Log cabin blocks are 3 3/4 inches, each with 21 pieces.
There are 144 blocks = 3024 pieces and the quilt is about 45 inches square – a lap or wall quilt.
There are several hundred DIFFERENT fabrics in the quilt – my own collection of reproductions supplemented liberally with “Primitive Gathering” charm square packs I collected at shows.
I decided on the “streak of lightening” arrangement for the blocks as the “zig zag” appearance best described the swings of my emotions during the early stages of the pandemic between hope and anxiety.
So happy to have this finished! For now it will live at the foot of one of our guest beds.
I’ve been making progress on “Stormy Weather: Shine A Light.” I love working with these colors in the spring! Here are the newest blocks:
72 of the 81 center blocks are complete – 4 sprigs and 5 stars to go before the border!
Next picture is a little better for accurate colors:
I also recently completed adding the bias trim and appliquéing the LAST TWO sunflowers for that quilt!
I have been toying with the idea of enlarging the quilt and adding another vertical row of sunflowers – 5 more – to make the quilt wider because I’ve decided I don’t want a wide border on this. Since the design wall is occupied I did not get an updated picture, but here’s an earlier one:
On the other hand, the more I think about making 5 more blocks, the more I think I will make it a twin size and move on to getting the sashing and hearts ready for sewing these together! I’m thinking of eventually adding a narrow border – maybe even just 4 inches or so, with a vine – of course :).
We’ve had some nice days for walking in the woods and I am enjoying noticing signs of spring here and there. I can walk to the Lamprey River from my house, but there’s another nice trail to the river about 2.5 miles away that I can drive to. Al and I walked there recently. We start through a young birch forest:
On the way to the river, an interesting birch stump with many interesting textures:
A new (to me) forest creature with moss:
A triple monster:
And finally the river:
I read about pussy willows and they can be bushes or trees as tall as 20 feet and the budding out of the “catlets” are a harbinger of late winter/early spring. Here’s an update on what those cattiest look like!
And here’s the tree:
And the maples are budding out very early this year!
I finished sewing my donation quilt together and made a back so it is ready to go off for machine quilting – I’ll show it again when it’s done.
We are trying to arrange a date and time to be with the grandkids again, probably outdoors for now – very complicated because of crazy complicated schedules and situations of all involved, but it WILL happen some time in the next several weeks. My group of close friends is planning an outdoor “pot luck” lunch gathering in a couple weeks – we are all vaccinated – can’t wait!! My heart goes out to all who have been isolated from family and friends this past year. Seems like an end might be in sight! 🙂 So thankful for quilting which has done so much to keep me grounded and functioning during this time!!!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi