Fever Pitch

You give me fever
When you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever! in the morning
Fever all through the night

This is the song I've been humming to myself all morning as I've worked feverishly to finish the quilting on Psycatdelic. I am happy to say it is all done!

All that is left is to repair a few of the embellishments and to sew on the binding. And since I started this quilt on October 27, 2012, you can imagine correctly that I'm feeling pretty darned good about it.

As I was working along, I noticed a few little embellishments had come loose or were missing, while others were stuck fast. It's a good reason for adding them at the beginning when they won't interfere with the quilting. That way I know which ones are at risk of getting lost in the shuffle and which ones are stuck for life.

I need to go to the grocery store today, and then I'm going to come back and put the finishing touches on it. Our family weekend get together is coming up this weekend, and I'd like to take it with me and work on the hand-stitching there. That should be no problem unless something drastic happens that would prevent me from finishing it. I won't make any suggestions about what that might be since I don't want to jinx myself.

Since I've done practically nothing for the past ten days other than work on this quilt, I don't have much more to tell you. With that in mind, I'll give you a little Block Album show so that you can see all the sashings and cornerstones, and all of the blocks with their associated elements. 

I'm going to replace the hot fix nailhead eyes on this one. They are stuck fast, but they got scratched somehow, which is perplexing. None of the other ones show scratches, so I'm not sure what happened to these.

I think of all the blocks, this next one is my favorite. It puts out such joyful energy. I need to fix the top whisker on the right side. One of the threads broke, and so I'll need to fix it with some hand embroidery. Also, I'm going to give the bird an eye. There might have been an eye there at one time...or maybe not...I'm not sure.

This next one lost his eyes altogether. I'll need to replace them, but I'm also going to add some tiny crystals to the mouse constellation, and possibly randomly around the night sky.

This is another one of my favorites. I just like the colors.

I'm considering adding some buttons to the centers of the flowers on the next one. What do you think?

This next one lost a little hot fix nailhead button off the cuff of the pointing hand. I'm going to replace that, but I'm also thinking of putting a crystal where the ring is...like a diamond ring. I don't want to get too carried away with the crystals, however, so I'll have to audition it and see what I think.

So there you go. Another couple of hours of work at least, and this one will be history.

If I'm going to get any more sewing time in today, I'd better get going.

15 comments from clever and witty friends:

Carole in Nebraska said...

Such a happy quilt! How could there ever be a 'blue' day with this quilt hanging nearby? Not sure about the buttons on the flowers since they're small but audition some and see what you think. Congratulations on the finish.

Lee said...

Barbara, what a FUN and interesting quilt. You should be very proud of what you've accomplished with it. Love it!

Jeanie said...

Groovy! What a great finish...or almost... you just tackled it one step at a time and didn't give up when something went oops. Wonderful, whimsical quilt!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

This is such a fun, colorful quilt. Congratualtions on completing the quilting - it adds to all the whimsy.

WoolenSails said...

I love how it came out and the fun quilting really makes it even more whimsical.


Dana Gaffney said...

Congratulations on the finish! This has been a fan favorite for a while now. Since you asked, Yes to embellishing the center of the flowers.

Anonymous said...

Oh I am so jealous - love love love the quilt - What a fabulous (big word) stupendious job you have done on the quilting - makes you want to keep looking and looking.. Not only the quilting but each block is a little quilt in itself...You are really getting to know your quilting machine and learning to do some striking quilting... so I will go back to that little hole on my old Kenmore and dream of a big space to quilt maybe in quilt heaven... lol
Just a fun and sparkling quilt - could look at for quite some time... Hope this one wins more than a ribbon when you enter it somewhere - you sure put in a lot of work and it shows...

LethargicLass said...

I love that song! I also love this quilt oh so much :) I think buttons in the flowers would be sweet

quiltzyx said...

Congratulations on a quilt very well done! I could just keep looking & looking and looking at all the different quilting motifs and fun fabrics.
Oh, and in December 2013 that one bird did have an eye! ;^)

Barb H said...

I think you can blame Smitty for scratching the eyes of that first cat! He may say he loves that quilt but I can tell he was jealous of all the attention you gave to the first cat. And now I'm jealous of you for having such a beautiful quilt. Will you post the pattern source so I can get one too? You did a great job on this one--as always!

Junebug613 said...

All the block are terrific! I like the idea of the buttons for the flowers and the other ideas you have. Hip Hip Hooray for being almost totally finished!

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Michele said...

Congrats. I'm sure it feels good to have it done. It all looks great.

Brown Family said...

Barbara, I have been so busy finishing my challenge quilt that I have not read blogs in weeks. I am catching up now. I have read all of the posts since you started on this quilt and love what you have been doing. I almost expected to see a wedge of cheese in the sky across from the mouse!

Kate said...

Congrats on getting all the quilting done. It's a spectacular quilt!