I have to finish hand quilting the borders and then add the binding. The binding will be black. I hope to finish it this week.
I spent some time weeding the garden today. Teddy watched
Here are some pictures of the back garden (click pictures to enlarge)
Next time I hope to have pictures of the finished quilt.
I just got home…Teddy comes home tomorrow.
My garden grew in my absence, and so did the grass and the weeds. I have some work to do ….here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)
A few pictures from the road today which might be used as quilt inspiration.
Now I get to unpack…
Driving home from Colorado today. Made it to Iowa and will drive the rest tomorrow. The weather was beautiful.
I stopped of at the border between Colorado and Nebraska and too a few pictures at the visitor center. Wild Flowers and scenery
(click pictures to enlarge)
The drive toward the end of the day was in Iowa, the sky was beautiful! More quilt inspiration (click pictures to enlarge)
Home tomorrow and back to quilting
The Colorado Quilt Council was the so welcoming! I did my presentation today and they sure were a great group!
Thanks for inviting me!!
Here are a few pictures from the event ….not the best quality but you can get the idea (click pictures to enlarge)
I am going to Fort Morgan Colorado to do a presentation for the Colorado Quilt Council. I have packed a lot of quilts! Should be a great trip.
Of course I have to pack a quilt to work on while I am there. I am taking the Mackintosh Rose because it is easy to pack.
I have one corner to go.
I will be working on the border. So I will only need to bring the black thread.
I will finish up with the colored thread when I get back home.
If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I have more ideas for new quilts than I have time to do them all. I know it would drive many people crazy having so many things in the works at the same time but I feel like I need to do it. I have to strike while the iron is hot.
I had an idea for a whole cloth quilt in my head for quite some time and a Facebook friend posted some pictures of her hand dyed fabrics and the rest of the plan came into place. I asked her if she could dye a large (90 inches wide) piece of fabric for me and WOW look at it!
This is going to be a whole cloth quilt but I am keeping the design a secret until I have time to draw it out and mark the top…for now it is all in my head.
The artist who dyed the fabric is Dera Linker, check out her website here http://debralinker.com/ to see some more of her beautiful fabrics.
Debra is a real artist and is happy to do custom work.
Here is her guarantee: “All fabric carries a 100% Happiness Guarantee. If, for any reason, you are not 100% happy with my fabric, simply return it within 7 days, and I will happily refund the purchase price.”
It passed his inspection so I know it is perfect.
As excited as I am about my new fabric I still have the Mackintosh Rose quilt to finish, here are some update pictures (click pictures to enlarge)
The left is the back, the right is the front
The forecast is for more rain but the sun was out for a few minutes this morning. Here are some garden pictures
Teddy says I need to finish the Mackintosh Rose quilt. (there isn’t enough of it dragging on the ground for him to sit on so he likes it better when I work on a larger quilt)
I worked on it the last few days.
Here are a few close up pictures
The spaces that aren’t filled in with perle cotton hand quilting are quilted with straight lines of hand quilting using black 40 weight thread. I spent some time marking those lines today.
It is hard to see the marking but it is there. I use a #2 disposable mechanical pencil from the office supply store.
I will also have to mark a border, which will act as a picture frame, but I will do that once the hand quilting is complete in the center.
here are a few more pictures of it today