This weekend was all about making progress on the show quilts. That was my main priority.
For the whole cloth quilt, I want to quilt a picture of our house. And, that starts with a photo.
I printed it out, 8x10 and put it in a plastic sleeve protector. I’m using a fine point sharpie to trace the house onto the plastic.
See the resemblance? Okay, so it’s filling in. There are some places that my photo is not detailed enough to trace and I plan to use other photos that are closer and more detailed to fill in those sections. For example, the front door. I have a great close up of the door and the adirondack chairs on either side and some large tropical foliage, so all I needed was the outlines of door and window to fit my tracings together. All this will be put on the overhead projector, so I can change scales of photos to make them fit, so long as I have registration lines, like the outline of the door and window.
I feel like I”m off to the races. I have the silk and the thread. Next is to take a scrap of that silk and mark it with a blue washout marker and make sure I can wash that marker out. If not, this is going to be more freehand than I wanted because white chalk won’t stand up to it. But, that’s okay, too.
And, I got the ditch work around most of the little points on this quilt done. It is not taking nearly as long as I thought. But, it still has been a significant investment of time over the weekend.
Rob watched me bend a needle while we were talking yesterday and he was surprised. He said “it’s actually bent.” I think he thought bent needle was some kind of euphemism.
The next thing to do is lay it out and find mistakes and fix them. There was a tension issue and that means the invisible thread feels like sandpaper in that area. Easy enough to pull and repair. And, there might be a couple of sections where I got a bit out of the ditch and need to repair. And, I saw a small pleat in the back. But, not too much. I’m pretty happy. And, it wouldn’t be a show quilt if I wasn’t pulling out and repairing, right?
I wonder if any show quilts ever get there without the benefit of a seam ripper?
Other than that, scrubbing the shower should qualify as an olympic event. Dad-gummit, in the south, we fight mold and mildew all the time and there should be some heroism granted for every small victory.
Have a great Monday. Lane