I have numerous projects going, and this weekend, it seems my goal is to do a little of everything. I completed my “homework” for next month’s quilt guild meeting. I completed the next “block” in my project for our block of the month challenge.
This was a fun block, once I got past the frustrati0n of learning to machine blanket stitch the stars halfway decently. The points really gave me fits to start with, and I don’t know that I ever got them “right”, but I’m happy enough with them.
While I was working on those, I had my embroidery machine running, making these angel parts:
This is going to be my ornament for the guild ornament exchange at our Christmas party this year.
Speaking of quilt guild, I have to give mine a shout out. It seems that a topic that pops up a lot in online quilting forums is ugliness of one kind or another at quilt guilds…hatefulness among members, etc. Well, my quilt guild is awesome! The camaraderie is something I look forward to every month. It’s really a special group and I’m thankful to be a part of it.
I also worked on Sana’s quilt, from the previous post. I have almost all the crosshatching finished, some more rope border done, and almost all of the SID. Once I’m completely finished with those things, I will go back and do the rest of the star blocks. I only did the first two, to make sure I liked the design. Then, I went back to the crosshatching and SID to get the whole quilt stabilized.
And, after all that…I treated myself to a little time to spend on an applique project that I have started. I found a yummy kit at Material Girls fabric shop in Borger, for a yummy quilt by Blackbird designs. I needed another project like I need another hole in my head…but…well, y’all understand don’t ya? I also discovered that the girls from Blackbird designs have a nice blog, too, called One Stitch At A Time. They even love the caterpillars that eat their dill and parsley, and then turn into swallowtail butterflies, just like I do! Their pattern is for needle turn applique, but the only time I tried that, I found it to be a very frustrating experience. Not my strong suit, at all. So, I’m doing it the way Sharon Schamber teaches in her book, Piece by Piece Machine Applique. It involves special wash away stabilizer and Elmer’s washable glue sticks and Liquid Stitch. I’m pretty slow at this, so I will probably still be working on this a few years from now. I hope I stay with it…I really like the quilt and want to finish it. I think it will be so much fun to quilt on my longarm!
I even did some laundry and housework today. Yep, it was a good Saturday! Hope your weekend is going great! Thanks for stopping by!