Greetings dear readers! I have reached the finish line with “Dutch HST Medallion”!
The sleeve is made and ready to be sewn on and the label will quickly follow.
The machine quilting is an overall design of floral shapes, chosen so it doesn’t distract from the piecing and the medallion.
I started the quilt 4-5 years ago as a way to be able to use and play with these lovely fabrics. At first the entire top was going to be just HST’s and I sewed a bunch of 16 patch blocks of them. Then, as often happens, they got put away as I worked on other projects. Then about 2 years ago, I unearthed the Dutch Medallion hiding in my stash and decided to use the HST’s with it. Adding the fussy cut hexagon medallion border and several more starts and stops as I worked on other projects finally got me to the finish line! Just in time for my guild’s show next month!
And I reached a milestone this week with “Stormy Weather: Shine A Light”! All the appliqué on the 4th border is finally complete! 4 borders = 916 hand appliqued leaves!
Here is just a quarter of the center to remind you what it looks like and above is the pattern, showing that all I have left to make are the 4 corner stars. Then I need to trim and iron the borders, add the stars and sew it all together! My plan is to have it long arm quilted because it’s huge and there would be 2 large quilts ahead of it in the hand quilting queue! I really don’t want to wait that long for it to be finished!
Speaking of hand quilting, now that the weather has cooled off, I am back to hand quilting “Sweet Journeys”. Another “long journey” project – I’m guessing at least 7 years now 😵💫. I’m still outlining all the pieces and then will fill in the background – a long way to go! I’d like to focus on it this winter and have it ready for the 2023 Cocheco (my guild) Show, a year from now. (This year’s show happens 10/22 and 10/23 and I’m involved in a lot! – judging, demo, set-up, etc! – will be busy next month!)
I have all 36 blocks for the center of my library donation quilt made and sewn together. I think it’s the definition of “colorful”!
Next I’ll be machine appliquéing circles for a border on this. I’ve been reviewing Sue Nickels and Pat Holly’s book on raw edge appliqué – an excellent resource.
Finally, project #5 – Ursula’s Spring Baskets! I have 8 baskets I haven’t shared yet:
I now have 68 basket blocks with 30 to go, but I might be slowing down with this project for a while as there’s no hurry. The older 2 grandkids didn’t get their “big bed” quilts till they were 7 and Ursula is only 3 1/2! Speaking of the older grandkids: Dmitri was 18 yesterday and Svetlana turns 15 tomorrow. I am deeply feeling the inexorable and too quick passage of time. Weren’t my own 2 children just those ages a very short time ago?! Wasn’t I a teenager not that long ago?😵💫 All we can do is “cherish each day.”
I’m grateful to be experiencing another autumn. A final burst of color before muted winter settles in.
I’ll be back later this week with September’s mini and some more fall photos. Have a great week!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi