Praise !

"NOW THANKS BE UNTO GOD, WHICH ALWAYS CAUSETH US TO TRIUMPH IN CHRIST !"

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear....Psalm 27 1-3
Psalm 31: 7, 8
I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy; for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; thou hast set my feet in a large room.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Quilt top finished

I finished the piecing, pretty simple, and I love the way it looks, but I haven't come up with a name for this one yet; it may just wind up having something to do with shedding threads !

(By the way, that's the collar of my red and black flannel shirt that edged its way into the photo, on the lower left side.........it almost looks like a vulgar gesture to me, so I apologize, but when I cropped the photo to exclude it, the quilt didn't look complete !)

Often, in looking through various blogs, and on Flickr, I admire quilts that are made with lots of white. It has been years since I made such a quilt, and I find that my memory is starting to let me down when I need it greatly. You see, as a quilter with over 30 years of experience, I should remember WHY I no longer make certain 'formulas' of quilts.

#1. There are many, many seams in these blocks, so I chose to press the seam allowances toward the sashes........yikes.....remember that warning about darker seams sticking out past lighter ones, and showing through? Yeh, got that.



#2. Then, there's the fact that since these pieces have all kinds of bias edges, they are fraying differently from straight cut pieces........it's like a little line of fringe along every outer block edge ! (that shows through the sashing, too) !



#3. And lastly, there are 2 million and 47 little threads that have totally loosed themselves from the piecing........mI-Nute threads, which cling to my pin-pricked fingers when I pick them off, to just be redeposited where I reach for the NEXT one ! It's going to be very interesting when I go to baste this top.......I'll be forever trying to get that LAST thread that threatens to show through the top, knowing that more will loose themselves as the layers of the quilt shift around.



Why worry about it right.......boy, I sound anal !


I wanted to hand-quilt this one for Zoe's new room (Kelley and Tim are looking for a house to buy, now that they're coming back to the states), but maybe I should just quickly machine-quilt it, so that I'm not constantly concerned that a 6 year-old is ruining the quilt. That way her mommy can just throw it into the wash everytime a stain shows up on all that white !




Well..........it is awfully pretty, though, isn't it? See why we go through all this hassle? The finished product just feeds the creative soul ! Praise the LORD !

5 comments:

  1. Hey Doll,

    I thought the shirt collar was a dolphin fin! LOL

    Why not "Crayon Box" or "Color Crayons" for a name? That's what I thought of first.

    You know, I think about you a lot friend. I always appreciate your kind words and insight in your comments on my blog. I love your heart and your servant's soul!

    ps...the white looks awesome!

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  2. i love Dee's name idea...it looks great. you should just give it a quick go on the machine and grid quilt it with straight lines. that always turns out pretty. Don't worry about the white and the strings showing on it...just wash with a color catcher to keep the colors from running.

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  3. Ooh, gorgeous! The white really makes all those fabulous colors pop! What a lucky granddaughter you have;)
    I like your new background on the blog, the tree is very cute!
    (It's so much fun to have a cousin that blogs!)

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  4. that is very cool. it is still kinda crazy around here we have our Christmas with our family tomorrow, gary is watching OU win and i just done done baking an italian cream cake, making ice cream with my ice cream maker and i made some peanut butter cookies
    now i want to SEW everyone leave me alone, yeah right

    anyway
    HAPPY NEW YEAR

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  5. The quilt is great! Looks like some kind of candy to me...maybe a name inspiration???
    Machine quilting gets my vote too!

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