I’ve finally sat down at the sewing machine again after what feels like forever and it feels wonderful!
First up were a few flying geese. Last spring and early summer I made this table set for mom. As I worked on it I realized my flying geese were not consistent enough for me to enjoy making this quilt I planned out. I really want to make this so I’ve been trying out different methods to see which gives me the most consistent units.
Thank you Love for the tip about Eleanor Burns’ flying geese ruler and technique. I always hesitate to buy specialty rulers, but I went out and got this one this week and I did in fact sew and trim nice, consistent units with the points right where they should be. There is a bit of fabric waste, but I think that tradeoff will be worth it.
With that settled, I’m clearing the decks, so to speak, to clear the way for total obsession with the flying geese quilt. I have a few projects that stalled at my less favourite stages of quilt making. I decided to move them past the hump before I start the new project.
I finally basted and started hand quilting my leaf quilt. The top has only been waiting a year for its turn! The basting and deciding how to quilt it were where this one stalled. I have decided to quilt overlapping sets of concentric circles all over. I’ll have a picture once there is enough there for you to see what I mean. So far I have 8 of the 42 blocks quilted.
Next I cut fabric for the borders on Whimsy. That top was slow coming together and it is time for it to be finished. Yesterday and today I started sewing triangle squares for the pieced borders. I’ll need 100.
Some of the ones I’ve finished are sewn together into strips.I hadn’t planned to add another border after the saw tooth one, but now that I have this up on the design wall I think the saw teeth look puny and busy by themselves at the edge of the quilt. I think I’ll add that outer border to tame things a bit. I think I accidentally bought more of that green border fabric than I needed for just the inner border, so that should work out well in the end.
Next week I have lots of painting to do – we’ll see how much quilting I manage to squeeze into the evenings. Did I mention that after the flying geese quilt, I have another quilt plan drawn up and waiting? So many quilts, so little time…