Friday, July 29, 2011

First Finish


I have showed the top of this quilt before, but I finally FINISHED it. I have been afraid for so long to do the binding of the quilt, that it just sat around waiting. I had to finish this quilt before my daughters wedding in August, and I knew it, but I was afraid I couldn't manage a binding. I found the directions I saw online very confusing. Even when I thought that I could understand them, I just couldn't muster up the nerve to jump in there and DO it.
Thank goodness for reading the wonderful posts by bloggers in quilty blogland! I had this looming pressure sitting on my shoulders, when a wonderful post was done by I Candy Handmade she had such clear pictures, and step by step pictures and directions. And the part that I completely dreaded... the joining of the two ends of the binding was made SO simple.. I just knew that I could do it. I was up my stairs in minutes, and cutting my bias binding. It was stitched on in minutes, and I had a complete quilt in just days. I am so beholden to her! And my daughter will now have her wedding gift one less stress for momma!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hexie Progress


Here is a look at the quilting I am doing on my Hexagon quilt. Hand quilting is taking a while, and lately I havn't been in the mood. The heat is really getting to me I think. What I really want to be doing is getting a quilt ON the bed.. So I will be looking into what kind of pattern I can make with the fabric that I purchased at Walmart, along with what kind of hand quilting I can take along with me on a road trip. I have a nice long lovely road trip coming up, and I do so need to keep my hands busy!! No snacking in the car.
I made my templates for the quilting like this. I figured it was a whole lot easier to trace on the inside of a shape.. than it was to trace around the outside of a shape. So far, it is working nicely.. except. I don't like the pencils that I have.. they don't hold a nice crisp point. These are the pencils that I got. I need both light and dark colors as I am tracing on yellow, and red and green. I would have so much liked a pencil that would wash out completely, but draw me a nice crisp clean line. I'll have to do some searching, but if anyone has suggestions, I would love to hear.