Things are moving at warp speed. The kids have just started 2nd quarter of school. When I am not pulling out hair over getting them to do all of their work, I am trying to get crafty with how on earth I will possibly get all of my work done. This week I did get an article wrapped up and submitted, but now I have to get planning on the next one due January 3rd. I have a very special, very secret (for the time being) project that has kicked into high gear this week. Truth be told, it's kicking my butt with things to do, but that will pass. I am just ecstatic that it is happening, and sorry, but you will have to wait a few months for more details.
This Monday and Tuesday were my designated days to pull my hair out on this quilt of mine. I do like it, but getting it quilted is just taking more patience and planning than I like. I had goals for these 2 days - mainly to do the green border and the central section. I did get a couple more areas done too.
This is a before...notice the blue triangles.
And the "after", with a little more definition, and texture. Inching my way closer to the finish line.
The aqua part of this was not stitched previously. I knew I wanted to do a daring scallop effect using the red thread. It brings the red from the outer border, into the center section of the quilt. It is also where I as the quilter, pass that point of no return. There is no ripping this out if I don't like it or if it sucks. Luckily, it didn't suck! In fact, I rather love it.
Last week, and probably a few days before that, I quilted on this behemoth. It's a client quilt, and is like 100"x108" - There are more stars than I can count, and I fessed up to getting bored to the maker. She herself spent 10 years making it! It is gorgeous, and the quilting certainly brings out great features, but the repetitiveness of it is just hard to do 7 hours a day.
I have a wool batting and Glide or YLI 40wt thread. The printed batiks are hard to get designs to show. There is a TON of ditch stitching with clear nylon, and lots of wavy quilting and fern-like leaves.
It's gonna be another busy week or two, but that's all part of the fun of it!