My fun is over, at least for a little while. I got a lot done on both of these recently. My daughter did a sleepover at my mom's last weekend. Unfortunately I had to accompany her because she was too scared to go alone. Imagine that! So I was delighted to an afternoon of hand stitching. I also had some additional time during the day while my class took a test last week to sew on leaves. I have one leaf to add, nearly 75 more grapes (sigh!) to make/add. Then some of the other shape leaves and some embroidery... and the list goes on. Oh, did I mention some butterflies and dragonflies and a center something?? But I am starting to see the design I envision here, and am already thinking about how I might quilt it.
I played hokey from other committments from Friday until now (with the exception of yesterday, because our power was out from a hard storm!!). In that amount of time, about 7 hours I'd guess, I pieced the outermost border. It was easy to piece, but it was a bit finicky to adjust to get exactly the right lengths. This is a busy little quilt, if I do say so myself. I suspect that the last 7.5" of border will definitely calm and ground it a bit, as it is much simpler and has much black fabric. I seriously have no idea how this will be quilted! There are so many areas of very small pieces (yea, lots of those "What was I thinking?" moments). I am contemplating a small rope border somewhere. Have any of you longarmers used the rope templates?? Are they easy to use? In the meantime, I need to get some thread on order for both of these quilts so it is here for when I plan to quilt these in Jan-Feb. There's definitely a lot of colors to choose from! I also need to get some backing fabric ordered. I am waffling between a solid color and doing something more artistic with minimal piecing (just fearing that I won't be able to center it perfectly though!).
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