Sidenote on the "no-reply blogger" issue, it happened when I switched my profile from Blogger to Google+. I'm NOT a happy camper, but hope to resolve it some way or another within the next day or two. Thank you SO MUCH to Karen of sewmanyways.blogspot.com for helping me out. If you have switched your profile to Google+, then beware that you may have inadvertently become a "lurker" on blogs where you leave a comment. Google+ shows your comment posts as no-reply. MOST annoying, and at present, not fixable.
Here it is yesterday before applying the binding. I wanted to get an outside picture in the daylight that was left!
On a chair, Lake Erie in the background. Still not much green happening here other than the luscious lawns. . . where is global warming when you need it?!
And if you thought, 'Hmm, is that writing on the bottom border?' you were right! This happened for two reasons: 1) my menopausal brain took a hike AGAIN, and I could not for the life of me recall what I did in the top border. I did not relish the thought of unrolling the entire quilt off the roller (I did this on my longarm), so while contemplating what to do, and investigating some of Leah Day's designs, I realized (reason #2 for the design choice) I really wanted to keep it simple. I suddenly had an epiphany and thought to simply write on it. It says, "flowering dogwood . . . pink . . . white" twice across the bottom. I really like how it turned out.
I might go back and add a French knot over the i of flowering and pink.
So, the wavy design is Cynthia's, of Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework, and, as she says, easy peasy, and a grrrreat way to ease back into the feel of the longarm after 4 1/2 months' absence.
I did two bars of the wavy design, and on the third bar a loopy flower design I have used over and over again, that I originally saw on a quilt many years ago in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. The flower was a nod to the dogwood flowers. Nine bars of colour lent themselves well to this repeat! In the sashings I did a simple leaf and loopy line on some and straight-line quilting on others. The straight lines through the grey represent the straight and dotted lines of the interstates. This winter I bought a new blue ruler recommended by Angela Walters when I asked her what she was using in her Craftsy class "Dot to Dot Quilting." I decided to give it a try with my new extended base I'd also bought. . . let's just say I had some serious issues with slippage. I ended up just eyeballing the lines using the hopping foot as my guide, and I had much better success in general, except for when I'd get near the end, and the tension clips got in the way of that new extended base. . . grrrr. Ah well, it's not going to be entered into any contests, that's for sure, although I had thought I would put it up for sale. Since it's a first quilt-along, I might as well have a first quilt for sale. We'll see.
quilt idea in the first place. I hand-stitched the binding down on the back, as I prefer that look, and by the time I pin like a demon, and then go back and re-sew all the half-inch or so spots I miss, I could basically have it hand-sewn down!
|Label, sewn as a piece of the backing as I usually do|
Here are a last couple, now that it's out of the dryer and all soft and crinkly. Sorry that the first one is indoor lighting. With today's gale from the Wicked Witch of the East, it would be blown into Lake Erie in a flash!
And one last one! I loved making this quilt, and feel an Ode coming on to the pink and white magnolias which are bravely bursting out in frothy blooms despite the colder than average days!
Name: Tribute to Flowering Dogwood
Size: 51 X 57.5"
Pattern: Scrap Quilt #1 from Quilting is More Fun Than Housework's Scrap-a-Palooza
Materials: 100% cotton fabrics entirely from my stash; quilted with grey Isacord 40 wt in 0112 Leadville (my Avanté loved it, as did I)
Free-motion quilted on my Avanté longarm
Linking up with Marelize of Stitch by Stitch "Anything Goes Mondays".
Update May 2: I linked this post to Laura of Quokka Quilts "TGIFF". "Thank Goodness It's Finished Fridays!"