I have finished quilting my first quilt on the Grace frame. It isn’t as perfect as I would have liked, but it is o.k. Now, I have to slow down and put muscle memory to work. I have a great older book by Sally Terry that shows the five different parts of quilting patterns. She says that if you learn to quilt all five parts individually, you can combine them to make any pattern with ease. I hope that she is right. That, combined with the plastic template, and a lot of the three Ps, should help my quilting. I have a plan and will start my lessons soon.
We have a bookcase at the community center where anyone can leave objects that they no longer want for someone else. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. One of my friends left a tapestry wall hanging. I could see a tote bag. I cut the tapestry in half so that both sides would be right side up. Then I added quilted bands and handles. Also a large coat zipper in the top. The middle has six pockets, one that has a zipper closing. I didn’t use a pattern, but just kept adding pieces. It looks like a brief case, not a tote bag and is perfect for carrying quilting supplies to sit and sews. Now, I’m on the lookout for items that can be converted to something else.
The top for the Ten Commandments bed runner is finished. Miss Molly has inspected it and it is ready to have a backing and batting added. It won’t take long to quilt. There is enough left over lavender fabric to use on pillows, etc. I’ll think about them after the bed runner is quilted.
I‘ve finished piecing six blocks for the Bonnie Hunter Frolic Mystery quilt. They are coming out well. Bonnie was right about keeping everything organized. If I make a few blocks a day, this quilt will eventually be finished. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the journey.
My two baby quilt tops are pieced. One is on the frame and I am tying it. Both should be finished by next week. The babies are due in a month so the quilts will be finished just in time. Not knowing the gender of the babies, I made bright colored quilts. They are neither boy or girl quilts. The best part is that I used up all the bright cat fabric. The middle stripes are different colored fabrics and the borders and backs are different colors. I’m not sure if I will sew a regular binding and tack the back by hand or make a flange binding and sew both sides by machine. I’ll decide that when the quilt is tied.
Have a great day and happy quilting.