Saturday, January 17, 2015
First 2015 Finish
And you thought it was going to be the cross stitch grape wreath! HA!! I thought that this little quilt needed to be finished up. It has sat sandwiched and calling me. This is "Little Letters" , a quilt along last year with Temecula Quilt Co. - the pattern is still on their sidebar if you are interested.
The 'letters' are all from my scrap basket and the background is scrap muslin from past projects. The border/binding is 'Old World Comforts' by Thimbleberries for RJR fabrics - I have just a FQ left of it. The back is a piece of double plushie left from another project. I used no batt as the plush was thick enough for that cozy feel, but still giving lovely drape.
A close up of the back - just a stitch in the ditch around the letter blocks and sashing and I love using the serpentine stitch on my machine. I stretch it to it's full width setting with a little longer stitch - easier than doing 'waves' with the FMQ foot. Then I shorten it for machine stitching the binding.
Yes, we have snow (more on the way tomorrow) - so tired of winter already. Finished 38.5" x 43.5". I need to give it a go in the washer and drier.
And since the machine is set up for quilting, I decided I might as well get my Charming Stars quilt done, too. Yeah, those are the yellow head pins Bella loves to flick out on me - that's why it is folded up on the table while I pull thread(s) to possibly use and think on how to guilt this.
I got a third of it done - took a break and TA DA - there she is. My official pin flicker hard at work. So there will be no Slow Sunday Stitching as I want to finish this one up.
And I am so happy to notice that I have already played with the color for the year named by Pantone - Marsala. If you look that up it is described from copper to terra cotta - you pick the meaning. Thread photo is from Sulky as I was browsing their threads. These are their Marsala threads.
Speaking of thread, I forgot to do my review of thread use for 2014. Some people keep track of fabric used thru the year - me, it is thread. I put my empty spools in this cute little 'friendship' bag I got in a swap years ago. 3 cones (5,500 yrds ea.), 7 spindles (3,500 yrds ea.), and 2 spools (550 yrds ea.). These are just the empty spools - there was lots more used. These are my gauge for re-ordering, but I have reviewed my thread supply and I have enough for probably another 3 years! So unless I need something specific for a project, there will be a thread diet this year.
Well, time to thread up the machine,