Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life hop that Julie of Pink Doxies and I hosted earlier this year. This was a 10-yard bundle of blues, from which I whacked off a 2.5" strip of each print, added in the Pearl Bracelets, another aqua print and some Kona Snow yardage, and made these blocks.
this one made by Preeti, who in turn was inspired by a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern. Looking at mine, there is not a lot of resemblance to the Cluck Cluck Sew one, but I always give credit where credit is due.
Here is the back:
What a gorgeous day, finally, here. Temperature not where I need it to be, but still, a helluva lot warmer than it has been, and with the sunshine, birdsong (saw my first cardinals this week!) and blue skies, I'm a happy girl.
Stitchin' At Home who said she could see some of my beloved feathers flowing along the white areas, and she was right! I wasn't sure about fitting them in there, but it worked out great. I drew the spine freehand with a blue marker (thanks Tish! Love those babies) and then just went for it with drawing in the feathers. Soooo good to be back on Avril. I also decided to echo the spine and then fill it with pebbles, as you see.
Okay. Let's be frank. Open. Honest. Full disclosure. At several points during this first quilt on Avril in 3 months, I was sweating, doubting, thinking, "Crap, missed touching the spine there; oops, those pebbles are not round; nooo, that feather is not curved properly; yikes, that feather looks like a cat's broken tail..." and so on. However, I did not rip. Did not stop. Well, that's not true; I did stop to fiddle with the tension, which went off slightly as the bobbin emptied, and then was refilled (I went through 2 bobbins of So Fine that I wound and part of one The Bottom Line pre-wound one).
So my point is that it looks great, no? I'm really pleased with the entire quilt from colours to quilting. When your nose is up against a quilt, and you're seeing every. single. stitch. it's easy to beat yourself up huge-time. Try to step back and get the overall effect. You probably will go "Yuss!" to quote Judy of Quilt Paradigm.
This is my OMG for April, and this is my #bravequilter (for which I missed the deadline for sign-up): first item for sale in my Etsy store....
There is already a MMMquilts on Etsy!! Noooo.... So now what? I got nuthin'; somehow "Menopausal Quilts" doesn't sound like a business I'd like a quilt from, LOL. Any suggestions welcome. I thought 3Mquilts...m3quilts... I also thought $65CA. It's a baby quilt, or a small lap quilt, not that big. Thoughts on that appreciated. I've seen them a lot more expensive, but, as with my first quilt pattern that is free on Craftsy, I thought I'd start humble.
Pattern: original design
Size: 40" square
Fabric: assorted Michael Miller prints, Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets, Kate Spain Paradiso scrap, Kona Snow
Batting: 100% polyester
Quilted: on my Avanté
Threads: pieced with Gütermann, quilted with white Isacord
Linking up with
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
TGIFF at Faith and Fabric
A Quilted Passion
Red Letter Quilts for OMG
I have a couple other posts forthcoming, Q2 FAL List, WIP like my Hands2Help two, yep, two quilts, my Stepping Stones progress, a knitted neckwarmer, well here's a photo of that enjoyable little project:
Fisherman's Wife Cowl, a kit that is only $12.88CA on Craftsy, and that will knit up in no time with this lovely chunky acrylic/wool blend yarn and fat needles. Perfect for spring with the ever-present wind here in flat Essex County!