It was a busy day yesterday. Friday night I finished Star Garden – I can’t believe I finished hand quilting that quilt in 7 weeks and I wasn’t in a rush. I just steadily worked on it almost every single evening of those 7 weeks for 1 to 2 hours – 77.5 hours of work. Now on to the binding. I will measure it again after I wash it – right now it is about 75 inches square. Linking to Kathy’s Quilts and to A Quilting Reader’s Garden.
I got the binding cut and machine stitched to the front, now on to the hand stitching. (the stars were hand pieced using the Inklingo LeMoyne star collection 4 inch if I remember right)
Just a little bit of work was done on the hand stitching part of it I will work on it off and on all week I’m sure.
You know I don’t like an empty frame so by two in the afternoon I had the next quilt on the frame!
So here for the next several months or more is Floral Fantasy – this quilt is smaller than the Star Garden by about 10 inches making it about 65 inches square — but we will be gone a little bit this fall so this quilt might be on the frame until the end of the year. (Floral Fantasy is designed by Michelle Hill.)
Right now I am trying to decide which thread to use for quilting it – I am leaning to the shades of purple even though I just got done using a different variegated thread for the Stars in purples– this is a different shade. The other although it shows as brown is actually blacks and brown to gold. While I was working on loading my new quilt onto the frame I always move all the notions out of the holder here and put them on the table so they won’t get knocked around and I went and lost my stick on metal thimble that has good indention in it. I ordered two new ones so I will have extra. I will use the leather only for the next week I guess while I wait.
I actually found the replacement thimbles at Craftsy – which today is the last day of the sale so you might want to check them out – notions, fabrics, supplies of all kinds – I didn’t realize they had the stick on thimbles until I was searching on line to order my new ones. It is amazing at times what they do carry – not just classes and fabric.
The thimble I like for quilting the most is the one on the far left of this package – it fits my finger pretty good – the next one is for the underneath finger but I can never get used to it and I don’t use it – the leather one usually goes on my thumb and the one on the far left on my quilting finger. I hate having to order the whole package to get the one for my quilting finger but most of the pieces will be used and at only $6.21 for the whole package that is not bad. I ordered more leather stick ones at the same time they are $4.25 for 12.