Well I did it – I finished the quilting on Granny Tuesday night and I got her off the frame. I spread her out on the living room floor to trim the sides and here is what she looks like on the floor –
Plenty of the backing fabric is left over to make binding – I think the colors of the stripes will go well with the scrappiness of the front.
More photos to follow after it is bound, washed and dried (partly by dryer and partly by sun) the quilt is plenty large enough for the bed so I don’t mind a little shrinkage – the first time I have used 80/20 (cotton/wool) and I know there is supposed to be some shrinkage and my test piece that I did sometime back was a 10% shrinkage on high in the dryer – so I think I might start out with a partial dry spread outside and when it is part way dry put it on medium to shrink a little bit. Or it might be easier (lighter) to dry part way first then bring outside LOL right now it is 104 x 104 inches.
Winter Wonderland – I have the decorative stitching done that connects all the blocks together and I did it using the smocking stitch on the Janome – I think it turned out well and I got it done in under an hour compared to the 1 to 2 weeks it would have taken to do embroidery stitches by hand. I was just ready to get this part done.
A close up.
More work on the applique block for the Caswell Quilt – the small leaves, flowers and buds/berries are done – working on the bigger leaves now.
The Tumbling Into Insanity quilt with the large polka dot backing is ready to go on the frame for pin basting to get it ready to be machine quilted on my Juki. I anticipate this taking several weeks at least if not more to get it done – we will see. I would have already done it yesterday and forgone working on the applique and the machine stitching on the Winter quilt but I needed Mike’s help to do some adjustments on the frame. I had a couple things coming loose on it over the last year and the work really needed to be done while the frame was empty – just made it easier – but now it is fixed and ready to get a quilt on it. I’m not sure how long it will take to pin baste this large quilt – is is about 104 x 104 like Granny is so it will take awhile, I might even have to get more pins!
Yesterdays bounty from the garden – it is starting to come in- I pick tomatoes before they are totally ripe as the sun seems to blister them a little bit and the bugs start to get to them as well – I wash and put on the windowsill for a couple days. Green beans are about to be taken out of the garden as they are about done – end of the weekend if no more grow.
Offer valid on the AccuQuilt sale through the month of July!! 50% off some of the dies – I guess I shouldn’t put off this purchase any longer – I decided on the Go! not the Baby – but I should get moving shouldn’t I. Just click on the ad and it will take you to AccuQuilt.