Monday, August 24, 2009

Wow! Its been a long time.

Well, I'll fill you in with what has been going on in our lives since last we spoke!

I've FINISHED work on the Wedding Quilt I mentioned in my last post, its been quilted and bound and given the the newly (almost two years and one 8 month old baby). Without further ado here it is

The quilt is 100" x 100", machine pieced, machine appliqued and machine quilted. If you have followed my blog at all, you know that traditional quilting is not my forte' but I saw this quilt
made up and said, I can do that! Never made a feathered star before or delectable mountains. Sure was a lot of fun, not. It didn't help that the instructions were all over the place, the design is beautiful, and the different parts were written by different people. For
example, the feathered star used templates which make me tear my hair out, but the outside border feathered star portion used 1/2 square triangles, paper pieced, much easier and I'm sure they look better, and I finished them much faster. The border around the feathered star has quilted writing with the couples name and date of the wedding, and who it is from. The applique corners were half square triangles that started from a 36 inch square. I didn't mind that part as much, but it does get boring dong the same thing 4 times.

The machine quilting was done by Betty at Kokopeli Quilting which is affiliated with Southwest Decoratives. I buy a lot of fabric there, take a trip to their website, I think you will enjoy it. Betty did everything I asked her to do, feathers, custom designs in the applique portion. She put in doves, hummingbirds, swans, butterflies and anything that represented a wedding. Most of the quilting was done in white, front and back. The back is a dark green hand dye so the white thread really shows off the quilting. You can't tell by the pictures here because they were done in the evening and the holders were not experienced in holding quilts up, out and tight and still, but you can see a little of it.

June, July were very busy months and I'll fill you in on this in the next post. In a few days, I promise.