Although I have found I hate hand quilting in a hoop for a big quilt I don’t mind doing a small piece in a hoop so I thought I would take a little break from the hexies and work on the Stain Glass Stars.
First I needed to get a stencil design drawn on the piece and after I squared the piece up I realized I had the measurements exactly right for a design with no modification to it – meaning stretching a couple lines out here and there to make it fit right – I think this has got to have been a first for me – I always have to stretch a design out to fit the piece right. I had originally thought to put a feather design around the edges but I didn’t have any the right size but I did have this rope design.
It is hard to get the drawn lines to show up sometimes – but I think you can see it ok – this is before I got all the lines on it.
The tools I use – first get a diagonal line started then use the straight ruler to do one inch lines, then change direction and get the grid in place.
With this being a small piece I was able to get it thread basted last night and quilting was started – I’m using a variegated thread. Linking to My Quilt Infatuation, Sew Fresh Quilts , Jo’s Country Junction and Midweek Makers #84.
Also I thought I better take the time to get a couple more blocks done for Primary Colors to make sure I was making progress on that – these blocks go so quickly. With just these six blocks the quilt will be about 47 x 71 inches – I will make another set of 3 blocks and have it 3 x 3 and then see what I have left to finish it up.
The weather is unbelievable for August – been about 80-82 since the beginning of the month – August is usually hitting 92 at least if not higher – and wet – more rain the forecast by the weekend – no drought this summer! I pulled out the cucumbers and the yellow squash as they just weren’t doing well but the tomatoes are still producing and another sauce will be made today in the crockpot to use them up.