Quick picture for my Handstitched class camp people:
It’s not all sewn together yet (though it looks like it’ll fit–especially after pressing and when the papers are out). Yes, it’s all hand-sewn. Yes, all over papers, EPP style. Why? I could not tell you, except that I was afraid of losing points on the medallion and I don’t trust my machine-sewing skills (or my machine) yet enough to risk it. It’s taking FOREVER and I’m rushing, so it’s not fun.
On the plus side, I’m really liking it. I don’t think it’ll end up square, though. Maybe twin-sized, so they can lay it over me when I’m old, on my cot in the nursing home. It might actually get done by then, too.
Sadly, I think I’m going to have to do some of the smaller projects (from weeks 2 and 5) so I can have something done from every week and get my tchotchke from Rachel. But, on the plus side, if I’m taking my time, I’ll be able to like it again. Yay.
I’ve been agonizing too much about what I want to do for the Handstitched class quilt “Modern Medallion”–I’m going to call mine “Bold Tranquility” and I’ve tagged this post and the first with that name.
Even though I bought this third print, thinking to use it for the central dogwood blossom, I’ve decided not to use any prints at all, just fabric and pearl cotton for quilting in white, black, and a few greys.
If I hate how it’s turning out, I can make it into table topper and try again with the prints.
I got my freezer paper and my spray starch (and sizing, just in case). Tomorrow, I’ll iron and start cutting. I hope to do the hand sewing on the central dogwood blossom over the weekend, but I doubt I’ll be able to take my machine out for joining the next three rounds until Monday.
Meet “Passing Geese”, a toddler-sized (25.5″ x 30″) throw blanket:
I took the scrappy flying geese from my second scrap class (that were supposed to become a table runner) and made them into a tiny couch blanket for my toddler, Sec. He loves getting on the couch and spreading one of the knit or crocheted blankets I made over himself, but they’re all too big for him. I wanted him to have something just for him, and those flying geese fit the bill.
As soon as I gave it to him, he ran to the couch, climbed up, put it over his legs, and smoothed it down. So adorable! The only sad thing is that it’s almost too small for him. I need to make him another.
This was the first time I used Warm and White batting (instead of the polyester stuff) and it was amazing. The batting itself actually felt like a blanket, as did the quilt when it was finished. I don’t think I’ll ever use the polyester stuff again. Yuck.
The two borders and the backing are from my eBayed scraps (yay!). The green binding is leftover from binding another project over the summer, which I haven’t blogged yet.
I’m really happy with how the colors came together, and that I didn’t have to buy anything special for it. I still need to make a label and sew it to the back. I’ll have to do it when Sec is at school, since he wouldn’t even let me take it from him to measure it. I had to wait until he was asleep.
Unfortunately, I learned that I don’t love machine quilting, even something so small. I’ll give it another shot, but it’s not looking like something I’m going to do a lot of in the future. Now I have to find a good long-armer. Can you hire a long-armer to quilt something so small? I’d guess yes, but I don’t know.