I'm busily working my way through my to-do list. Borders and machine quilting Heartfire was toward the top of the list.
This is how she looked by early morning with her borders attached.
My feathers and I were stuck in the same rut. All of my feathers were looking the same, so it was time for a change. But, I had to ask myself if this the right time for an experiment? This quilt is going to be hanging in the Marcus Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market next month. Do I want to take a chance and quilt something I haven't quilted before? I decided to GO FOR IT!!
First I marked then stitched partial circles across the length of the border.
Then I went back and filled them with feathers, beautiful feathers. I really had to pay attention with this border and not let my mind wander. Machine quilting has a way of giving both sides of my brain a real workout! Now if quilting could work off a few calories, I'd be a happy camper.
First you circle around one way and then you circle around the other way......ying and yang. I don't think I've reached perfect balance with my ying and yang, but I'm very pleased with the look overall.
I'm quilting a tight stipple in the triangles between the blocks. Then I go back and stitch in the ditch inside the blocks.
Labor intensive, but worth every minute. You know it's funny, when you are piecing a quilt, you are always looking at the back of the fabric. When you are quilting, you are totally focused on the front of the fabric and see every single detail up close. I absolutely enjoy looking at the wonderful detail in the Hint of Print fabric combined with Spice Palette, both from Marcus Fabrics. Together they make beautiful music.
Our family with be together for Easter brunch and our annual Wilder Whiffle ball game. I don't know how this got started, but it has become a tradition to try and run around the bases after a big meal. If we were smart, we would play first then eat. Oh well, can't mess with tradition. I hope you all have a Happy Easter and are able to spend it with the ones you love. Wish me luck getting to first base (and I don't mean with the ruggedly handsome Mr. Joe!)