Back to this year. Introducing the “Around the World (or at least the metro area) Quilt.” It is my favorite right this second for a few reasons; here they are, David Letterman Style.
10. It is done! Washed and dried and crinkled.
9. I machine bound it–and it looks great! I figured that if I machine bound enough quilts poorly, one of these days it would have to click! Good timing.
8. I had a fabulous little quilt holder (whose arms were a bit too short) and we took pictures of it all over the metro area today, although none of them really panned out like I had hoped. But my ear infection-recovering kids and I did enjoy beautiful 76 degree weather together all day long–I’ll take that over quilt pictures any (most) days.
7. I had fun making it, and was able to sew much of it with quilt guild friends.
6. I cut the backing too short, but didn’t realize it until I had quilted it. Oops. I love the improvised scraps of orange against the aqua back.
5. It is the first time I have quilted with thread that I didn’t want to “blend in, in this case, aqua. I quilted it kind of how I swim backstroke–a little “organically” (which really means that I can’t sew or swim super straight, so I just pretend like I’m doing it on purpose) in a diamond pattern, following the string blocks.
3. I have wanted to make a string quilt for a long time, and I’m hooked, but I like how this one isn’t as chaotic as some. Especially since I have little fingers to tear off the paper backing. It makes me think I could try real paper piecing and do okay.
2. Some of my very favorite scraps are in this quilt–KJR basketweave in blue and orange, orange Kei Honeycomb, Mendocino octopi on the back and seahorses on the front, I could go on and on.
And two non-quilting pictures. I drove around in search of the perfect fall foliage today, partly because both of my kids had fallen asleep in the car after our picnic. When we got home, I saw this beauty and had to smile. It might be the prettiest of them all. And speaking of picnics, this “little” guy joined us for ours yesterday. I let out a Halloween worthy shriek when I saw it sitting right next to my little boy, who was on the edge of the picnic quilt. He ate the rest of his sandwich in the stroller, thank you very much. Enjoy the Halloween weekend–we had a Halloween party at church last weekend, and I may or may not have pilfered quite a bit of candy from my son’s bag already. Shhhh…