It was Syd and Rob's weekend at the coast. They go every year with a group of friends for a remembrance of a friend lost a few years ago. This year, I painted the kitchen. And, it really needed it. It used to be yellow. And, I painted it yellow.
Actually, it was a very pure and bright yellow. But, the living and dining rooms are a brownish gray. It made the pure yellow look wrong. So, the new yellow is a grayish yellow. You can barely see the difference, but it's there and I know it, and I guess that's all that counts. And, the ceiling is so nice and white!
And, I did a little quilting, too. I got the hand applique done on the DWR quilt. When I was pulling out the old applique, I really tore up a line of quilting, so I finished pulling that out and put it back in. I have a couple spots to go back and do a bit of hand work on and then that will finally be finished for real...not sure why I'm having so much trouble putting finished to that.
I made two blocks for the Westering Women quilt from Barbara Brackman. I've finally gotten so I like this quilt. I think I figured out its purpose and that gave me some focus for it. The blocks must have drawn criticism for the Y seams (Barbara wrote a whole "no whining" post about them). But, if you understand Y seams, they're really not hard. It's all about marking the seam start and end of the seamline and backstitching at both. It took a little longer, but they're also a little more precise, I think, for the extra time spent.
Hmmm. I just looked at my directional prints in the block on the left. The camera caught direction where my eye never has. Or, I would have been more careful.
I worked on this quilt. I have over half the stars quilted. I'm thinking about doing a meandering line with stars in it as an all over design in the blue sections. I'm a little worried about doing too many stars and overplaying that hand. We'll see. maybe some fluffy cloud shapes instead.
And, I hung the new valance in the sewing studio. I use table runners here. Four 12" blocks with sashing makes a perfect size. The old valance was nice. It was blue and yellow and really reflected a previous time in my quilting. And, it was time for something new.
These are four batik blocks I made in a BOM. I dropped out after this. I remembered why when I was hanging it the other day. The shop is a nice shop and the lady that was running the BOM is a nice lady. But, she couldn't write instructions for nothing. And, it was so frustrating that I only made four. But, now those four make a very nice runner or valance. I'm loving it! And, it's a great way to use up related orphan blocks.
That represents another UFO down. I am vey focused on UFO's and scraps right now. With an occasional "new" project tossed in to keep me interested. On Friday, my local shop was having a sale, an additional markdown on all their markdown fabrics, and I stopped for backs. So, that will be two more quilts I can move forward. I don't know where my quilting will take me. But, I do know that somehow, it has to be related to finishing up some projects.
Everybody have a great Monday!! Another new week. And, what will happen? We don't know. So, there's something to look forward to.