Splendid Day

Yeah — spring is officially here in Western NY. Yesterday was a glorious day with bright clear skies in the afternoon and a warm, velvety breeze that lifted my spirits. Right after work I grabbed my first (and favorite) quilt and headed into the backyard to gather some Vitamin D (per doctor’s orders).  I wasn’t there long and I had company.

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Boots, the little beggar, always horns in on the sunshine and a cozy quilt. 

You may notice the hay field in the background–yes, my mower is broken again, else I would have been trimming the lawn instead of lolling about.

Whilst enjoying the rays, I started re-reading one of my favorite books — Outlander. Love me some Scottish romance. I want to re-read the entire series before I watch the live action version.

On the sewing front, I’ve given up on my idea of refurbishing a cutting table. I spent a lot of time priming and painting an old cabinet from the Salvo (a la shabby chic style) — but I simply cannot make it work as I had originally envisioned. The wood for the top is just too hard and I cannot successfully attach the supports for the top that will give it the correct cutting height as planned. Yes, I am a DIY failure!

Plan B. Now I’ve found a dude who makes custom islands and I’m hoping to persuade him to build me a custom cutting table (a la Joanna Gaines — Joanne and Chip, if you’re reading this, come to NY to redo my sewing room, please, please, please! Love, your biggest NY-Texas-NY fan).  Meanwhile, what little organization I had previously has devolved into chaos since I’m without a fabric storage solution as well as a cutting surface. Yes, I moved out the old before the new was ready <story of my life>.

Despite the disarray, I did manage to get the final wide border on my modified Paddle Wheel Quilt! Woop! Woop! I’m searching for the proper backing, but soon I will be able to go and see the fabulous Ms. G about applying the appropriate quilting to this striking quilt top.

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I like the unexpected pop of red in the lower right and in the skinny border!

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I was drawn to this kit because of the color palette, but I wanted to add my own touch. 

The lawnmower dude picked up my machine right as the sun was going down last night. I hope he doesn’t feel obligated to rush — I’m rather liking the thought of more sunshine, books, quilts and cat hair because it’s going to be even nicer this afternoon!

Gracie’s Runway Debut

In my February 15, 2017 post I showed you the start of my art quilt.  I used a Laura Heine floral collage pattern called Potpourri…the cutest giraffe ever!

I renamed Potpourri “Gracie” because she just seems so, well…graceful!  Here is my finished masterpiece…Gracie’s runway debut!

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Below is a close up of her face.  You can see she has a fairly tight meandering stitch to keep all the flowers in place.  I am totally in love with the background print.  It’s from the Desert Bloom collection by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs.  The fabric features text and sketches about gardening.  It’s the perfect background for a floral collage quilt!

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Gracie’s tail was fun to make.  It was a floral print but when cut into smaller pieces, it looks like a collection of feathers.  It makes a nice “swishy” tail for a giraffe, don’t you think?

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Below is a view of Gracie’s legs and feet.  I kept adding flowers here and there and finally had to tell myself to stop BUT can there really ever be too many flowers??!!  The grass is made from several different batik fabrics I had on hand.  I like how they add dimension to those lovely feet.

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This was a fun quilting project.  It gave me a chance to learn a new technique and to go big and bold with color, pattern and texture.  I highly recommend giving one of Laura’s patterns a try!

Sweet Violet Dream Finish

I’m so happy with the way my violet mini quilt finally came together (only about a year late — ahem). With Cindy’s quilting help I finished . I think the flower really “pops” in all the right places. She left some of the petals plain — I love the extra 3-D element this created.

I finished binding it last night with some of the leftover purple dotted Swiss, then I tossed it into the washer (along with a Color Catcher sheet). OK, you caught me there — since purple fabric is my weakness, I have, in fact, about another yard of this yummy purple stuff. Oh well, I’m sure I will soon find another use for it!

It’s a dark and gloomy day here, but spring is in the air — especially when I see the violets!

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