The border has a feather swag that comes down from the top and goes up from the bottom and meets in the middle. Once the quilt is stabilized in the center I can roll it back and forth and complete the quilt as it rolls.
And you can see how I do the swag in the photo below.
It has a half feather on the bottom of each side. When the quilt rolls next- I'll do the spine, fill in the feathers and tuck into the half feather.
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Under my needle is my row robin.
My guild is hosting Round Robin groups again.
I joined the Row Robin group. Our rows are due at the December meeting.
In case you don't know -
Round robins are works that go from person to person and each person adds something new.
My group is rows, so each person will add a row. Once I pass my original row off, I will not see it again till next December.
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I've had some fun doodling out and painting some Holiday pictures.
They will make really cute stitched quiltlets.
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And today I'm off to work with my friend Sue on our Guild's raffle quilt.
We are designing and today we'll put the finishing plan together and get our fabrics cut so members can help us put it together.
..... and in typical Kathy fashion - didn't follow it.
I made some adjustments here, there and everywhere.
And because I didn't buy enough fabric, my coat is also shorter than the pattern indicated.
I lined my coat with silk, gave it pockets . . .
bought some really cool looking buttons . . .
then pinned them on the coat.
There the coat sits (collecting lint).
All this happened in September when it was 80. . .
Now that it is 30 . . . button holes need to be made and buttons attached.
And on a side note, last night was guild night and members brought in first quilts. I love hearing about how friends evolve into their passion. Lots of puffy, tied, template cut quilts.
Great quilts and great stories about learning to sew.
I'm thankful I learned to sew. Mother taught me on the old singer in the cabinet.
We made matching green 'shifts'.
I loved it.
So much so, that I kept sewing clothes for myself for a long time. Mom, remember all those clothes? And the prom dresses?!??!?!?!
I was lucky- I used to sew in the spare bedroom, or Grandpa's room we called it. You could say I had my own sewing room back then, because I basically took it over. There were many times that Grampa would come stay with us and surely he had to step over my piles of stuff. I distinctly remember mother telling me to "PICK THIS PLACE UP", then she decided shutting the door was a better option.
I am thankful I was allowed to foster my love of the art and craft of sewing.
Our theme this time was neutral, limiting our palette to whites, blacks, grays and browns.
My piece started as tattered, vintage quilt squares which were stitched together and given a good press. The stitched blocks were layered with batting and backing, then quilted lightly with a freehand open swirl design.
The quilted blocks were then painted with gesso and various textile paints
I made a pattern to imitate a milk weed pod.
The pods were made with two layers so both the inside and outside of the pod showed the 'right side' of the fabric.
Wire was stitched into the front seam, the pods could be molded into shape.
Embroidery and fancy threads were used to decorate the pods with french knots of pearl cotton.
Clothes line covered in fabric made the stems.
Silk rods and roving were used inside of the pods.
And the seeds are real seeds from a milk weed.
I have been wanting to make a piece inspired from milk weed and this challenge seemed like the perfect platform to do so.