I don’t know about most of you but usually New Year’s Eve or day I take the all decorations down and get the house back to “normal” – and that is exactly what I did yesterday. I wanted to get the design wall back up so I could look Floral Fantasy over better – with the tree out I had no room to do that. I was going to start to sew the blocks together and I did start but I soon realized that I had some blocks next to each other that had too much of the same colors in them. So I have changed up the arrangement from what I had been showing you all and I plan on adding a little embroidery to a few blocks to enhance the color a little as in poor light you can barely see some of the pieces! And yes this is a Michelle Hill design from her 2nd William Morris book – someone asked that just yesterday and thought I better credit her.
This is the fabric I will use for the binding on the Red and Green applique – no I haven’t started it yet. This fabric is used for the sashing and I might be in trouble. I’m really not sure anymore because I started it such a long time ago–I don’t know if I washed it enough – I think I did before I put it in the quilt but not 100%. (I had bought a whole bolt of this fabric about 4 or more years ago – I intended to wash it as I needed it but I don’t remember if I did every time I cut some off of it.) Because I decided to use it for the binding and not know for sure if I washed it I went ahead yesterday and soaked it and soaked it and soaked it and finally the water was clear – I had a full sink and followed instructions that I got from Vicki at Field Trips in Fiber – but that is a big quilt to wash when I get the biding done and lets be honest – it might end up with a pink background instead of the light beige that it is! I hope not but if it happens it happens – I will follow her directions given to me the other day and soak it in the bathtub with as much water as I can fit in it and soak,soak,soak. Vicki hand dyes spectacular fabric and knows what she is talking about. (by the way this is the red that is in my second Dear Jane quilt as well – that might end up being a red/pink quilt instead of red/very pale yellow after it is quilted – although with that one too – I will soak and soak) EDITED: yes I did put color catchers in each soak also)
This is the stencil I decided to use in the Uncommon, Common Bride – not the one that I had said I was going to use. I just couldn’t get the corners to fit right with that stencil. I looked through the stencils that I have and after measuring and looking I decided this one fit best and you know I didn’t have to adjust anything – it totally fit! So I got started just a little bit last night to see how I liked it. After I do this on this part of the border then I will mark a grid to finish up this border.
It fit around the corner with no adjustment needed!
One more Diamond done as well.
So that is how I brought in the New Year – how about you? Do you party? We normally stay home and have a quiet evening like usual. Watch a bit of tv, call my mom to wish her a Happy New Year and sew!