Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Prayer Quilt in Progress

I have finished piecing the quilt top for the prayer quilt made with Pepper Cory's studio e Peppered Cottons.
 Because the new colors aren't in shops yet, I used a Moda "Grunge" for the outer border.

Yesterday we overslept and arrived at the college to find I'd left my Kindle at home.  Fortunately, I did have my quilt sketch book, so I played around with some ideas for the quilting.
 I'll be ready for that part as soon as I decide on backing and piece an extender into the yardage.

This is the quilt for which I made a "small" to help me make decisions about thread colors and quilting designs.


We are so grateful for the rain we have received, but it resulted in a need to shorten the treadle belt.  I removed less than 3/4 inch, but it's sewing so much better. (There are instructions for how to do this under the Tutorial Tab above.)

I have the photos taken for a tutorial for the Sweet Loreta Quilt, and I plan to get to instructions soon.

I learned that the New Mexico block I blogged about for the American Made Brand blog tour never arrived at Clothworks, so I've almost finished piecing a new one.  AMB is sending me enough of the fabric I used in the border to finish it.  That will be a quick project once it arrives.

The temperature has dropped here.  We've had thunder, although we currently have thunderheads and sunshine. Today's storms, and, let us hope, rainfall, are brought to us courtesy of our monsoons--and that, too, is good news. I know that the proximity of lightning often means people have to unplug their sewing machine and longarms. My treadle will just keep on stitching, and I love that.

There are several linky parties available.  I so enjoy meeting new quilty bloggers that I can add to my Bloglovin list and seeing what familiar bloggy friends are doing.  Today, I'm linking to.....

Happy quiltmaking....

5 comments:

knitnkwilt said...

I really like your idea of the four-patch small quilt to test quilt colors. A better test than merely puddling the thread. I'll have to try it on my next one.

Missy Shay said...

I did not know the weather would affect the treadle belt. Does the humidity make it stretch?

Charlotta said...

Even though I've never lost anything in the mail, I'm always worried about mailing quilts to tops. My LA quilter lives several states away from me, and I almost always make arrangements to drop off tops in person and pick up finished quilts, or have them delivered via friends rather than either of us sending anything. Once something is gone, it's irreplaceable, even if it's insured. I'm glad it was "just" a block you lost - but still!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I am in awe of your sketching!

Lorna McMahon said...

Your free motion quilting is just amazing... And to realize you do this on the treadle??? Wow! Love your current works in progress and look forward to seeing them all quilted up. Yes, the good old notebook is a trusty friend, too!

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