The upward trek
|The photography makes this look ghastly. It really is much prettier in real life.|
I've been working on the top panel for the Roseville Album Quilt. It doesn't look like much but I've already spend a lot of time. The house is in the center of the panel with two trees on each side. The one tree with only 3 leaves looks pretty scrawny but it will end up with multiple leaves, long stems, and an abundance of fruit. I can't decide if the fruit is supposed to be dates or coconuts. Regardless of what they are supposed to be - I'll be using much more colorful fabric to represent the fruit.
I'm on the final border for my charm quilt. This should have only taken me about 2 weeks to quilt using the big stitch but here I am almost 2 months in and it's just finishing up. I'm having a hard time making myself go downstairs and stitch. It has something to do with the heat. The unusually miserable heat. . .
I cut out a scrap quilt last week so I would have a leader/ender project. After it was all cut out I had to laugh at myself because I have no quilt I'm in the process of piecing. This is it.
The scrappy bear's paw is from Miss Rosie's Spice of Life Quilts book.
I'm using a very random mix of FQs that I had stuffed in a drawer. I have won FQs at various times through the years at my quilt club. It seems like 2 or 3 times a year I win a drawing or someone is passing out FQs for part of their presentation.
Anyway, none of these fabric really go together and they are not all quilt store quality but it's a scrap quilt. That's what scrap quilting is all about, isn't it.
The cute scrappy Bear's Paw block is below. Miss Rosie has a different set of instructions for cutting out than I am used to. It's taken me a little while to figure it out but I think I've got it down, finally.
I had a big piece of white kettle cloth (I don't know what they call it now) from the 80's or 90's that I'm cutting up for the neutral in this quilt. It will be a good use for it.
I love the sparkly cloth and hate the thought of not using it. So I finally made myself make some decisions. I picked out the colors I like, not all are the ones suggested. I decided to shade the pumpkin differently than the original pattern (below)
And, I am only going to stitch the Halloween Eve part down. I'm not going to stitch the alphabet and now I have enough cloth to get the most important part (the bird, pumpkin, and cat) all stitched.
Why do we take so long to decide. . . ?
Yesterday the question for the designers to answer on the Moda Blockheads BOW was "Do you wash your quilts?"
When I read Lisa Bongean's answer about never washing her wool quilts I wasn't surprised but, it made me realize that I don't make wool quilts for that very reason. My quilts are made to be used. And if that use requires cleaning then I want to make sure that can be done without ruining the quilt.
It's something we all have to decide. How are we going to use the finished project?
Don't get me wrong, I think the wool quilts are wonderful. But, I guess I think the wall hangings are even better because they can be tossed into the dryer on low (like Lisa suggested) and get clean without any problem.
What are your thoughts?