Thursday, August 14, 2008

Forgot what sun looked like...


I had so many plans to work in the house today to get ready for visitors and for the move but there is sun! Real sun with real blue skies! None of the big billowing grey clouds we have lived under for the past month or so. It feels so good. Housework will just have to wait....

Yesterday I put the border on my Orphan/scrappy quilt top. There are so many random bias seams in this I think I'd better get it quilted soon before it morphs into one of those pointy hats...For example right after I put it together I squared it off. The only thing I did after that was hang it on the clothesline for a couple of minutes to take a photo then I folded it up and placed it on a shelf. (I may have taken it out one other time to show some quilters here are the house.) Regardless, compared to the lives of my otehr quilt-tops this one has had it easy. However when I laid it out on the floor I did a quick measure and found that one corner had streatched out almost an inch...back to squaring up this monster. I hope the borders will help.

I know I cut enough of the red fabric to go around the entire quilt but one strip was missing. The gold fabric on the top of the quilt was the first piece of solid 3 inch strip I found in the box so like a game of tag - that was "it." It does serve a purpose - reminds me which side it the top!

I also did some more packing this week and actually found some things that had been missing since we moved here two years ago! How great is that! Some of these were real finds: a footpedal for one of my machines that I was sure was long gone; my Cobb Quilt that I started back in 1997 (!); a box of beads that also had a bracelet I made while on a trip to Florida. You can see in the photo above that I tried to represent Amish quilt blocks with beads. Typical of my projects - all it needs is a button or large bead on the end and it is done! When I look at this it reminds me that not all that long ago I had really good eyes!

Well, off for a walk with Macbeth and to take advantage of the rays while we can.

13 comments:

Kelli Simone said...

Enjoy the sunshine! It's been atypically cool, rainy and cloudy here in the Northeastern US too. ~ksp

Clare said...

The quilt looks great. I love the idea of a different colour binding at the top so you know which way up it is supposed to go.

I can't believe you are packing already - doesn't time fly!

YOu didn't by any chance find a missing red and white block did you? LOL

Sew Create It - Jane said...

looks great...and glad you saw some sun...It's been a funny old summer so far.

quiltmom said...

Hi Siobhan,
I loved the quilt and the bead bracelet is fabulous- Isn't that the fun part of cleaning- you find things that you forget you had or that you really wished you could find - and suddenly it reappears.
Do you still have the sewing machine that goes with the foot pedal-
Good luck with the packing- Hope you had an enjoyable day...
Regards,
Anna

Mad about Craft said...

We are beginning to forget what sunshine is here in the UK and what is depressing me is that the trees are on the turn already. Does that mean it is going to be a long Autumn or a long winter? knowing our luck it will be a long winter!!

Beautiful quilt and beautiful bracelet!

Mary said...

What a fun quilt - I think making these orphan quilts work is such a talent. I love it.

Sharon said...

What a great quilt you made! It doesn't look like orphans to me - it looks beautiful. Very inspiring! And the bracelet is beautiful too. What great work!

Good luck with the packing. It's such a painful process, and UNpacking is even worse! Glad to hear you found some things you were missing. I did too, when I was packing. I'm not sure where they all are now, though! *grin*

Enjoy the sun while you can! We're having record heat right now, and then rain again next week. Crazy summer.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

sun, sun, sun, yes have to get it while you can. your orphans top is great, I do love it. squaring, what's that?

Darcie said...

Good for you for enjoying some sweet ole Vitamin D!

LOVE that bracelet! Perhaps someone could help you bring it to a finish? It can be a pleasant reminder of just how precious everyday truly is, sunshine or clouds.

Purple Pam said...

Your orphan quilt is wonderful.  It is so colorful, even if it will not square up!  What a wonderful find:  the great beaded bracelet.  Where are you going to pack it this time so that you don't lose it again?

McIrish Annie said...

what a lovely bracelet and your quilt looks great too. enjoy the sunshine while you have it.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Perhaps you could lay it flat and spray with spray starch. A light coating at a time over a few days. That should help stabilize it. Enjoy the sunshine!

Annie said...

Oh my goodness, how I love that scrappy quilt!

I must make one similar with my random orphan blocks.

Annie
: )