Friday, July 27, 2012

Still Here

Just in case you were wondering whether I'd falled off the face of the earth... I did in fact survive the second week of the holidays and two whole weeks back at work/school.

I made progress with my log cabin quilt... finishing the striped back, basting and starting the long process of quilting such a big beast.  But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself... somewhere along the line you wonder what sort of quilting you are going to do... all those possibilities... so after basting:

I used thin clear plastic sheets (like what you used to use on overhead projectors) and a permanent marker to audition various designs - this proved my idea of a square spiral over the log cabins and various spirals in the background would work:


After quilting:

The thread - a perfect combination of colours:

Organic straight lines (very organic!):

Auditioning a background thread:

Yip - this one is a match:

It's all starting to come together... about half way so far:


From the back:

In other news... the kids had school photos in the first week back at school.  Since we are watching our budget (and almost had a heart attack after reading the prices of the available photo packages), I decided to only buy the class photos this year, and have our own photo shoot after school.  This was one of the out-takes:

But I did get some pretty nice ones too!


And in Swoon news... managed to squeeze in the final piecing of Block 5 before the end of July.  Rock on Block 6.






5 comments:

  1. Look at that quilting! You are amazing! That variegated thread is a perfect match! (would you like some Echo scraps?)

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  2. falled? You spended too much time listening to your kids over the holidays! Cute pics. D is the spitting image of his Dad.

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  3. Great idea for the quilting - the combination of straight and spiral looks great! Those threads look pretty much perfect too. Your own photo shoot photos will be a lot more relaxed than the school ones would have been, I'm sure. Love your latest swoon. Well done with keeping up!

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  4. Great to see you yesterday. Your log cabin quilt is lovely. I love the textures of your quilting.
    I hear what you are saying about the price of those school photo's, I haven't bothered for the last couple of years, the money is better spent on feeding my growing lads!
    I hope you are having another day of sewing? It is certainly not gardening weather.

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  5. What a brillant idea to use the plastic sheet for the quilting ideas. Once you start stitching it's not so easy to change your mind! I am giving a demo (as a novice) on FMQ at the next AMQG mtg, do you mind if I pass on this idea to them? I think your combination of straight lines and swirls looks wonderful.

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