It was a day at home yesterday, and I was able to get quite a bit done in the sewing room. This first piece wasn't a part of the day's plan.
Remember when I was practicing to quilt Stars and Stripes? Those practice pieces didn't turn out half bad, and I've had this one sitting in a chair where Smitty likes to nap. It keeps the fuzz off the chair, dontcha know. Today I decided I would finish the quilting in the upper right-hand corner and then bind it. So, I did the quilting, and then I was going to put it aside in the quilts-to-finish pile. Only then, I decided to look in my leftover binding strips scrap bag, and I pulled out enough leftover binding strips to make a binding. Only then, I decided I might as well sew those strips together. And then, I decided I might as well sew those on...and that's how an idea turns into a quilt. So, now I just have the hand-stitching to do, and I'll have a little kitty bed.
With that done, I cut the one dozen 3-1/2 inch squares I needed for the latest clue in the Welcome Home small quilt mystery challenge. That was simple enough.
After that, I was ready to make Block 18 for the Solstice Challenge. This week's block is called "On the Go." Now, take a look at this block. Here I am at Block 18, and this quilt started bugging me long ago. What is it with all the half square triangles? Every single block has been unnecessarily loaded with half square triangles, and I'm way more than worn out on them.
Besides, I had this rather large scale Easter print I wanted to use, and that just wasn't going to work at all. I decided to make my block using flying geese and square-in-a-square blocks, and that made a whole lot more sense to me. So here's my block to celebrate Easter.
I'm too far along with this quilt to quit now, and so I'll finish it. I like the fact that my blocks have all represented things that happened during the week. It seems there's always something to celebrate if one looks hard enough. Nevertheless, I'm going to be very happy when all the blocks have been released and the challenge is over.
Moving on, it was time to sew the rickrack to the gray strips for the Mommy & Me quilt. I'll admit I had my doubts about using rickrack on a baby quilt. It only made sense if both edges were sewn down, and that's what I decided to do. Also, I want to point out that the rickrack color was labeled as "aqua." So, there you have it.
It's a little more on the green side than blue. Just don't stray too far or you'll be into "mint" territory.
My stitch choices were blanket stitch or straight stitch. I decided to use a straight stitch. It was pinned every inch or so, and then stitched down both sides. There are two width-of-fabric strips, and this took much longer than anticipated. Still, I'm happy with the result.
The pattern specified 2 1/2 yards of rickrack, and I used all but about four inches.
Smitty was helpfully holding down the fabric while I sewed the rickrack.
Sadie was practicing for her upcoming audition to become a Lipizzan Stallion. She wants to move to Vienna and tour the world with her horsey friends.
I think she's got that high step mastered, don't you?
Today is my monthly pedicure day and I need to pick up some more peanuts and suet for the birds. Aside from that, it'll be a sewing day. Hopefully the fabric I have on order for the elephant applique will be suitable, and I can finish sewing together the Mommy & Me quilt top. Also, I'll spend some time sewing on the binding for the little kitty bed, and make some more progress on the hand quilting. It's still gray and gloomy outside, but we're expecting sunshine tomorrow. Yay!