Happy Dia de los Muertos! Here in TX, the day of the dead is a pretty big deal, with friends and relatives celebrating the people they've loved and lost. Not a day of sadness, a day of remembrance where they enjoy things that they enjoyed with their departed. It's actually very nice, once you get past the dressed up skeletons and understand it for what it really is.
The handmade Christmas quilt is starting to feel like a quilt. That feeling is hard to describe, but in the quilting process, there's a point where it stops feeling like three things being sewn together and starts to feel like one thing, a quilt. Maybe it's like reaching critical mass of stitches or something, but when it gets to a certain point, it "feels" like a quilt, it feels weightier and solid. This quilt is there.
I finally finished that narrow border I was quilting three straight lines in...there's nothing harder than quilting a line that looks straight and I took it out a lot and put it back in again. The border itself isn't straight so I had to quilt a line that looked straight and centered, whether it is or not. Then, I could focus on the border. I ran into trouble with the original echoed half circles and tried a couple other ideas, but then figured out the original idea and proceeded with it. I had to pull out a fresh water soluble marker to do it tho. And a small compass that has a holder large enough for the pen. But, once I had everything I needed, marking moved fast and I can quilt one of those in about an hour and a half. I'll fill in the V shapes along the outside with more echoes that come to a V shape. And, I'm probably going to have to get back into the quilt center to fill in some V shaped spots that I left empty. You can see some of them just inside the red border below. I wasn't sure what I wanted to put there, but anything other than more echo would likely look pretty odd, so that decision is made.
This was the hit of the evening. Rob had this plastic cauldron and he drilled a hole in it and put a string of small orange lights inside and covered it with white tissue paper. Everybody was curious about it and reached out to touch.