Autumn is here. The trees are really colorful around town and I need to get to work on fall clean up in my garden.
A few things still look good. I took a few pictures but it is starting to rain so I will try again in a few days. (click pictures to enlarge)
If the weather is good I have some bulbs to plant and there are bags of leaves to rake and plants to cut down and flowers to harvest for drying.
I taught a class today….more floral design, I did get a few pictures.
I hope to get this quilt finished this week
I will post pictures soon
I started hand quilting the Teddy quilt.
Teddy is an on top of the quilt guy so I wanted the quilt to be very thick and puffy. I used an extra loft poly batting.
The backing is a dog bone pattern
As always I pin basted the layers together (very few pins works best for me)
I am hand quilting it with black perle cotton thread #12 and a size 5 embroidery needle. A note about perle cotton thread; it is different than embroidery floss. Embroidery floss is not a good choice for hand quilting. The individual strands are not as strong and are not twisted together like they are in perle cotton thread.
I am not marking this. I am just quilting around the pieces and then adding 3 more rows by eye .
You can see Teddy on the far left checking my work.
He asked if he could sit on it yet
I got his approval.
I did make a few more border pieces for the Batik Quilt.
It wont be too much longer before I get the top finished (I hope)
As promised here are a few pictures from the Basic floral design class I teach. (click pictures to enlarge)
Today I have been working on the Batik Project. The Fabrics are from Lelia and Co. Fabric and Design and the blocks are paper foundation pieced. I am getting better at paper foundation piecing the more blocks I do.
I have 21 done now of the 100 needed to finish
Here is the plan which I did on the computer
I decided to see how the blocks look laid out and Teddy was there to help me arrange them.
and he did a pretty good job
he needed some help getting that last one flat
I hardly ever mention my other job as flora design instructor but my nephew got married yesterday and I did the flowers for the wedding.
The ceremony was at the Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel …here is a picture of the chapel (It is a picture from their website not the same wedding)
I am really bad about getting pictures of weddings , usually I am in such a frenzy trying to get it all done on time that I just forget to stop and take some pictures. I did take a few in the work room before I delivered them.
My Sister made the cupcake wedding cake
Teddy says it is time to get back to work now
I was looking at some quilt blocks on the floor (my design area is the floor) and it occurred to me that I never remember to look out the window. (the window is on the second floor and I have to look out and down to see the garden) Earlier today we had a bit of a hail storm so when I looked out I was afraid that I might see all my flowers flattened. Fortunately flowers a tough!
When I typed Look Through My Window the song by the Mamas and the Papas came to mind.
The blocks I was looking at are the blocks with the Interplay Fabrics
I have 8 of the 12 fabrics done and I should be done with the last 4 and ready to piece all the blocks together in a day or so.
For now back to hand quilting
I bought another log cabin quilt top. This one is from the 1930’s
It is hand and machine pieced.
it is 77″ x 82″ with a great variety of fabrics (click pictures to enlarge)
Different fabrics and settings can really change the look of a log cabin quilt. Here are a few examples from my collection of vintage tops and quilts that I have finished. (click pictures to enlarge)
Yesterday between rain showers I took a few butterfly pictures in my garden.
Since I was taking butterfly pictures I also took more flower pictures (click pictures to enlarge)
Next time some quilting updates