02-20-2020

For the past nine days, I have been working on a rectangle scrappy quilt designed by Jo Parrott. Originally, the plan was to compile scraps with two of my quilting friends. We are still going to do this at a later date. We are planning our own spring retreat.
The pattern gives an option for using either scraps, or half-yards of 18 different fabrics. I had a bin with some fabric remnants, partial fat quarters, and less than half yard pieces. I thought the colors and designs in this bin would make a nice quilt for my nephew. I finished piecing the quilt top today, and dropped it off with my friend who will longarm it for me. I will post about this quilt when it is quilted. Thanks to Mary, from Zippy Quilts, I was able to be more successful with matching intersections. I read her post when I was about half-way into piecing this scrappy quilt. Her tips really paid off and made the second half of piecing less of an ordeal.
After dropping off the quilt, I started to clean and reorganize my work area. Then, I decided to just have fun instead. I backed some muslin with light fusible interfacing. Then I thread-sketched two birds. I used water color pencils to paint the birds. A textile medium was used to coat the water colored birds. I had a piece of cloudy fabric that I used for the background. This was hand-stitched. I used brown grunge fabric to collage tree limbs. I free motioned the stitches on the tree. After these steps were done, I backed the top with thin batting and a blue fabric. The birds were then quilted onto the block. I couldn’t decide if I wanted buttons or not. My daughter-in-law helped me with that decision.
It was a fun way to spend the afternoon on 02-20-2020. I hope you enjoyed your day also.

Finishing Touches

My plan to go wandering around fabric shops went by the way side due to the high water crossing flood alerts that we experienced for most of today.
I was in search of the recommended Black Gold Needles and Thread Heaven.

Allison, of New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting, suggested these products she uses for hand stitching.
I appreciated the information; and I was encouraged by her suggestion to, “Relax and enjoy hand stitching ☺.”
Enjoy is the key word here.

I think I was stalling on making the quilt sleeve, and the binding, because I am not too happy with my hand stitching.
After watching a few videos, and armed with a new attitude, I finished adding the sleeve and the binding on a quilt that is not an entry to the quilt show. The results were a bit better.

Since I couldn’t go shopping, I ordered the products off Amazon.
Then, I got to work.

I used a remaining strip of green wildflower fabric to make the sleeve.
The green is used throughout the front of the quilt, but, now, I am wondering if it is “too green” for the sleeve. I have not attached the bottom of the sleeve so that I can think this over a bit.

The back is pieced with three different fabrics: a multi-colored floral, bluebonnets on white, and bluebonnets on blue.

Another question I have is about the label.
I read the show entry rules, consulted with my friend, and viewed videos, concerning quilt labels.
This is my first quilt show, and there is so much I do not know about how to prepare the quilt.
I was told that a quilt label is needed, but that it is covered up during the show.
Do I make just a square?

Or do I make a Texas applique out of this green label.
There is enough fabric.

Sample Blue Texas Applique

It would look like this, only green.

I’m very happy we finally had rain.
We had more rain today than we had all of July.
It was about 4″-5″ throughout the county.
It took a rainstorm to get me moving on these finishing touches for the quilt.