Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday Meandering 4 - 30 - 2018

Finished quilt to share! (Because I forgot to share this earlier!  It was finished and delivered at the FCQ quilt show earlier in April.) This quilt is going to TAPS. I fell in love with the dog fabric when shopping in Lancaster County last May.  I bought a yard and some go with fabric too.  Here is my first pull of fabrics for the quilt.  (Check out the dogs carefully. I really liked the little one with the spiked hair and collar. Some designer has such a good sense of humor!) I used one of my go-to patterns Two's Company by Karie Patch Designs.
I swapped out the grey polka dots for white which just looked better. I ran into a problem when I realized I didn't have enough of the theme fabric for the borders.  Sigh.  My solution was to make a pieced border. You can see the side borders where I interspersed red with the print. I chose a nice meander stitch. When finished I decided I'd have liked the meander a little smaller, something that is easily done with a computerized long arm.  (By the way, the blue tape you see in the center is the way I mark next rows when I have to scroll the quilt forward.) 
Here's the finished quilt before giving it to the guild. Hum, the picture isn't quite as clear as I would have liked.  I took this up in Maryland and it didn't get clear and sunny until the day after I passed the quilt on. Oh well. You can see how I pieced the border.   I tried to highlight different dogs in the border.  The bulldog with the Union Jack on it seemed to get in every section! 
Here's my choice of which quilt to work on next (as noted in my goals for last week.) It's a group of opportunity blocks I won from a FCQ block of the month back in November 2015. I'm sure these blocks have aged enough. Now the question -- would you border these blocks or just let them stand on their own? Black binding seems perfect for this group of fabrics.  I'm hoping I can use these for a Hands 2 Help quilt.  Check out the logo on my side bar if you want more information about H2H. 
On to the weekly goals.  I missed getting the charity quilt quilted. I decided it was time to see why the computer drivers weren't working correctly.  I'm waiting a new board that should solve the problem.  I'll be throwing three charity quilts on Ruthie as soon as the she is working correctly.  Or if she still is being cranky, I'll place the rows manually for each row. Not a hard fix but I'd rather let the computer do it! I'd like to get the quilts done before retreat.  
April 23, 2018
Bind Braid Shuffle√
Quilt charity quilt
Work on Jamestown Landing√
Pick and work on a UFO√
April 30, 2018
Sew opportunity blocks (UFO) together 
Work on secret project
Hand quilt on Civil War quilt 
Work on Jamestown Landing

I'm linking up with Oh Scrap!, Main Crush Monday and Moving It Forward. I'll be checking some of the bloggers who post there.  It's aways fun to see what folks are up to.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

6 comments:

  1. How much are those doggies in the windows? I understand why you had to buy that cute novelty print. A question -- what color thread will you use on the opportunity blocks? I won the Block Lotto for January--varied brights, black, white and I can't figure out what thread will enhance rather than compete.

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  2. Adding that pieced border to your quilt was brilliant. It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  3. That fun fabric made a cute quilt! My first thought was not to border the blocks, but they would also look great if they were.

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  4. I vote for no border on the opportunity blocks, just black binding to tie in the black center pieces.

    I love your TAPS quilt! Those dogs are so cute and will surely bring a smile to whoever receives the quilt. TAPS looks like a really great organization, too. I hadn't heard of that one. If you have more information about donating quilts to them, I'd love to read it. Thanks!

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  5. Oh the doggies make such a fun quilt. Some little on is going to adore that one. Good luck with your goals this week.

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  6. Looks like each dog has a different personality. Opportunity blocks will make a bright, cheerful quilt - sashing or not. Ruthie works independently, without supervision??? I so need that.

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