As the days get closer to Christmas, I get a little more frantic and scattered. The things on my plate are becoming more and the plate seems to be shrinking. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know by now that I am not a Christmas girl. OK, I really do not like it at all. The days are too short. It is too cold. I have way too many presents to buy. Nobody in my family needs a dang thing, but yet we just have that expectation that we must find them the most perfect gift. Most years this falls short of goal by a mile. Two of my kids are testing the water by dropping hints to my one last believer that Santa is not real. Once that news is out, seriously, what is left?!? Thanksgiving is right around the corner, kicking off this holiday season, and we are expecting snow tomorrow. Just let me burrow into a nice warm hole and reappear in January, please!
Despite of dealing with a time of year that I just don't feel a need for, I have had the pleasure this year of having quite a few simpler edge-to-edge clients. Usually I have stacks of custom quilts to get done, which is stressful. But the E2E's are faster, more predictable, and now and then, I just like to do them. Here's a stack of three that went home yesterday -- just the tip of the iceberg. Two more large ones will be done next week after kids go back to school. Boy, those 3 weeks will fly quickly I am sure. Never fear, though, I know I have a couple custom quilt clients that have been might patient with me...your's will be done very soon!
I took a few days to put my quilt back onto the machine to work on the ivory silk areas. It is deceptive -- this is an 82" quilt, so there is a LOT of ivory silk! I also did the quilting on the outer green ribbons, all 56 pieces of them! They are taking shape nicely.
I clearly hope to have this ready to go to a spring show, but I have spent so much time on it so far, I will wait if it means getting the small details just right. I have some areas to pick and fix, as usual. The dark green border is probably one of my favorite borders I have stitched yet. To me, it conveys the formal-ness of this quilt, as well as the fun of flowers and ribbons.
The parallel lines are 1/8" apart, and I really thought this would be the end of me. Hindsight is always my biggest teacher. Message to self...avoid tight parallel lines when the lines of the blocks might not be perfect. Figures.!