Another week of keeping to my plan to finish projects rather than simply start new ones and I have actual progress to report!
I have finally finished the quilting on Spring Fling. I am now hand-sewing the bias binding on the curves. Not sure why I decided I needed a wavy border, and I’m not sure I’d do it again, but it’s looking pretty nice.
I ended up cutting double the amount of binding I’d need if the quilt had a straight edge, but that seems to have been the right amount. I don’t know if I’d take that as a rule of thumb, for this kind of border. I also don’t know if a traditional scallop would use the same amount or more.
I also finished one place mat (of six) for my mom. I will probably quilt them with a random spiral design and no batting.
It’s funny, because I had originally planned this to be a fast project, but between string piecing and cutting out and sewing the circles (and parts thereof), I don’t think it qualifies as “quick” any longer.
And my box of strips still has not decreased even a little. I think they breed at night.
I am also prepping for some holiday sales for Piece by Piece Jewelry. A new offering will be kanzashi flowers. I made the first couple in cotton, but once I understood the “feel” of petal making, I used silk from old kimonos that I had bought on eBay.
The centers are vintage buttons I had initially collected for Grandma Anna’s Flower Garden. As the flowers don’t take as much fabric as I had first thought, and I have lots of buttons, I may be making these for a while. I’m thinking of making more red ones with beaded centers to look like poinsettia flowers for the holidays.
My various Blocks of the Week/Month are fighting me, for instance the Grandmother’s Choice by Barbara Brackman is not going together smoothly. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to “unsew” on this block. I probably won’t have a picture of it until next week.
I have finished putting the third border on Oldies. Just one more to go and I can “retire” this quilt top while contemplating how to quilt it.
So. as you can see, I have made progress this week, just not as much as I would have liked.