Although I did not get to spend the whole International Quilt Day quilting, I made progress on two projects – the christening quilt and the tea towel quilt.
This fabulous stack of blocks
will soon become my first ever jagged border for the tea towel quilt. I have been planning the border for a couple of weeks, and the plans have changed more than once. As soon as I thought I had a brilliant idea, I changed my mind. In the end I had to just go for it, and after spending a whole guild meeting ironing scraps and cutting strips, I had a stack of rectangles in different lengths but with the same width, 4 ¼”. The light fabric is the duvet cover which I used for the text, and the dark pieces are the same fabrics that I used for making the scrappy blocks.
There was some slashing and bias piecing involved, and now they are ready to get pieced into borders. I think they will look fun; we’ll see, the colours are certainly fun.
Then I started working on the portraits for the christening quilt, fusing yesterday’s faces to red felt and managing to melt the (synthetic) felt with my iron. I was listening to a podcast which had me laughing and I wasn’t paying attention (that darn multitasking thing again).
I spent quite a while trying to get it off - until I realized I could scratch it off with my fingers. While I was at it, I also tried to remove some of the burned gooey that has been there for ages but with little result other than feeling somewhat queasy from the smell of rubbing alcohol. Any tips on how to do that? Without the alcohol?
Anyways, queasy or not, I stitched around the portraits,
cut them out and spent some time arranging them on the quilted background. It’s not looking right, again. The portraits are small and it's way too busy. I’ll rearrange them in a more orderly way tomorrow, but the faces will still be small. There's no way I'll make them a third time, but maybe I can replace some of them with the first batch of big heads, they've got to be somewhere around here.
So that was the quilting part of my Quilt Day, how was yours?
I’m linking up with SewCalGal’s International Quilting Day Virtual Sew-cial.