Thursday, April 4, 2013
Spring? Is That You?
I think she might actually be here. The temperatures are going to get a lot closer to normal here over the next week or so … the downside is that she's going to bring in the spring showers all next week.
Since it’s going to be rather nice today (not as warm as I’d like, but warm enough to spend some time outdoors), I don’t know how much quilting I’ll get done. But that’s ok, I got plenty done yesterday. I am just about done quilting the blocks in T#2’s quilt … I’ve got about 2/3 of the inner borders done. Once I finish that, I’ll be able to start on the outer border.
I also did some paper piecing. A couple of weeks ago, I made my first paper-pieced block … a miniature pineapple block. I vowed that I would make one a week until I either used up my blues and whites or got tired of making the blocks. I didn’t make a block last week since we had family in from out of town, so I thought I’d “catch up” by making up two blocks this week. Well, the blocks went together so quickly that I thought I’d make three instead of two.
(Click on the picture to see it larger.) Here are all four that I’ve done so far. Disclaimer: The one in the lower left hand corner will likely not make it into my finished project. Even though I stitched along the lines on the paper, I ended up with a mis-sized triangle in the first round of triangles (lower right hand corner); I didn’t discover it until I was finished with the block, so I chose not to rip out the final three rounds. Besides, I’ve got plenty of white and blues and plenty of foundation paper, so I’ll just make another block to replace it. I just love these little blocks … but I have to admit that I haven’t a clue how to quilt the finished project. The strips are so narrow … if I hand quilt, I’ll be quilting through three layers of fabric. I’ve never machine quilted, and truthfully I don’t have any real desire to learn (hand quilting is my favorite part of quilting). Oh well, at one block per week, I've got plenty of time to figure out how to finish this project.