Friday, October 16, 2015
Is “frivolousness” a word? If not, I think it should be … not that it matters as I’m using it and that’s all there is to it. ha!
I think autumn is going to take a break … right into winter, with a low of 34 forecast for tomorrow night. 34! Hopefully fall will return next week … I am NOT ready for winter-like weather (ok, I’m never ready for cold weather, but certainly not in October!).
After the seemingly endless Kiss quilt, I didn’t expect to be making such good time on my Labor Day Stars, but it’s coming together fairly quickly. I’m halfway through piecing the blocks together. After I get them all together, all I have to do is add a couple of borders, and I’ll be ready to start quilting. Which means that I’m going to need some backing fabric. Do you know how hard it is to find Civil War wide backings online?
I’ve learned, yet again, what an important role photography plays in quiltmaking. See that setting triangle up there in the upper right hand corner? That should be a corner triangle, not a setting triangle. <sigh> There will be some unstitching in my future. ha! Forgive the rumpled appearance … I had only a few minutes before my Ts were to arrive, and I wanted to get a quick photo, so I didn’t have time to smooth out the top all nice and neat. But it all lays nice and flat, trust me. Believe it or not, in my 30+ years of quiltmaking, this is the first quilt I’ve made with the blocks set on point. Not because I didn’t like the look, but because I found the whole calculating how big to make the setting triangles just too intimidating. This is my first quilt made from a pattern, so I didn’t have to do any calculating. I’m pleased with how well my setting triangles are fitting, in spite of my less-than-perfectly-accurate cutting and piecing. And now that Deb over at VT Quilter has shared with me Bonnie Hunter’s setting triangle calculator, I am going to make more quilts set on point for sure!
We’ve got a busy but absolutely wonderful day ahead of us. In a little more than an hour, DH and I will head out. Our first stop will be Homestead Hearth. In addition to browsing and general stash enhancement, I am shopping for a neutral for my tumbler quilt and for the afore-mentioned wide backing fabric for my Labor Day Stars. After we finish up at Homestead Hearth, we’ll be heading to where this weekend’s swim meet will be held. We got the last hotel room in town – with “just” a queen-sized bed. It ought to be interesting to see just how much sleep we get tonight, after being used to sleeping in a king-sized bed. I love my hubby, but I like to have plenty of “wide open space” when I sleep. Speaking of that busy day … I need to get moving to get ready … I don’t want to have to cut my visit to Homestead Hearth short because we’ve run out of time. ha!
I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!