Greetings! First snow was yesterday and it looks beautiful in the sunlight today. I love the seasons!
I forgot to mention in my last post that – for me, at least – there are three “magical moments” when finishing up a quilt one has been working on for a long time. Because I hand quilt there are a lot of basting stitches to remove when the quilting is done. It took me 2 hours to get all the basting stitches out of Stardust! There was a huge “thread nest” when I was done! Those stitches tend to obscure the beauty of the quilt design. The first “magical moment” is seeing the quilt for the first time in a long time without all those stitches. While hand quilting there are strips of backing and batting hanging off all edges of the quilt. These tend to fray and get dirty over time. The second “magical moment” comes when I cut all those off and get my first glimpse of what the quilt is really going to look like. The third “magical moment” comes when the last stitch is taken in the binding and the quilt is finished. What a great feeling after all that work to see a beautiful result! I really enjoy the finishing process.
I cut the fabric strip for the sleeve:
But decided there’s no rush to do this right away since I found out the delivery date for taking my quilts to the museum is 1/5 – plenty of time to finish sleeve and label over the next month. I decided to take a break and make some holiday ornaments for gifts. I fussy cut pieces for some hexagon stars out of a fabric I’ve had for a long time and decided to leave the papers in and sew 2 together to make double sided ornaments. Here are the fronts:
And here are the backs:
Then I use #5 pearl cotton embroidery thread for the hanger:
I also was feeling a desire to do some sewing on my machine – so much hand work over the past few months! So I started to make a baby quilt to donate for our guild’s “Community/charity” quilts projects. I decided a few years ago that I wanted to make at least one “donation” quilt per year and have fallen short. I now have more time since retirement so want to re-commit to this. I pulled some lovely blue and yellow fabrics from my stash and started to make half square triangles:
I have 2 of the 12 strips sewn together:
I cut enough squares of the yellow and blue prints to make another baby quilt and will use lighter blues for the second one:
I have started to embroider more stars on the border of the silk quilt – picture next time.
Here are some of the art quilts that I loved at the Houston show. Please click on the pics for enlargements so you can enjoy the wonderful details!! This first one was one of my favorites and I was happy to see it won a Judge’s Choice award. It’s lovely!!! Just love the black, white, and red colors and I love trees and birds:
I love warm colors and the colors in these next 5 quilts really “spoke” to me!
Gorgeous piece with great colors!:
Loved, loved, loved this quilt with elephants!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi