But wait, it's already March 9 and I haven't posted in what feels like ages! Well, blame that danged sinus infection that kept my brain scrambled for a week, plus Jacob's ear infection. No complaints here--we snuggled more and I sewed less for a week. Gee, sometimes I'm amazed at my life. So, now I'm back to it and after a fabulous day yesterday exploring quilt shops in SE Kansas and SW Missouri (more on that later), I have spent the whole day so far behind the sewing machine nearly finishing up another top.
Before I left California I bought this beautiful jelly roll by Blank Quilting called Skidoodle Jewel and it's been calling to me. After signing up for Eleanor Burns' 2013 Pattern Party, and seeing all the variations of her Zig-a-Zag pattern, I knew that this particular jelly roll was meant to become something bright and lively to add to my quilt collection.What a fabulous array of colors! Yep, it's time to open this baby up and start putting strips up on the design board!
I have followed EB's instructions and am coming up with a fun design, but not what I expected. Not having repeats of any fabrics, it is coming out somewhat different from her example; although, I like the way it's turning out, which is all that matters, right? I've ordered the strips in a descending rainbow of colors and love the transitions from color to color.
|Interesting, but not what I expected... Hmmm....|
My brain scrambled again with the sinus infection, so after several days break looking at the progress on the board, today (Saturday) I finally got back to sewing. And in just a few hours have completed the basic top including the setting triangles. Wow! I'm loving this quilt!
Yesterday, as I said, I went on an adventure. My young friend Lizzie is only 2 weeks out from her due date, so it was time to deliver my family heirloom cradle (which she slept in as a baby) and her new baby quilt to her before her little guy arrives. Being a crazy road-trip kind of gal, I did a turn-around trip (4 hours one way without stops), leaving at 10:30am and getting home last night at about 11:15pm. Whew!!! The best part (well, other than getting to visit with her and her family for a couple of hours over dinner) was that Lizzie had to work, so I had until 5pm to get to Springfield, MO, and planned my route with lots of shopping on the way. I had fun stops at Itchin' to Stitch in Severy, KS, Bittersweet Quilts just south of Joplin, MO, Country Store Quilt Shop (which I spotted from the highway with 4 foot high letters reading "QUILT SHOP" on the end of the building) in Carthage, MO, and Merrily We Quilt Along in Springfield, MO. As usual my restraint went out the window and I came home with some wonderful books, notions, and fabrics. And I missed several shops with my time limits, so plan to go back and explore further soon!
Included in my finds were two pieces of fabric that will be additional borders and binding for the Zig-a-Zag quilt top. Those will be cut and sewn on maybe tomorrow. I'm thinking about using the gold weave and cutting it so that there is a gold zig-zag that goes around the quilt to compliment the overall zig-zag design and then the doodle purple for the outside border and binding.
Now it's off to watch my KU Jayhawks play Baylor. Here's hoping that the Jayhawks win and take their 9th straight Big XII Title. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!
More snippets from the sewing room soon,