It was just a bit gusty on the porch yesterday, but I persevered!
Strips were held down with pin cushions and scissors and rotary cutters, anything with weight helping to keep them from taking flight with the next gust.
Those are storm clouds you see gathering, and I was bound and determined to get in as much porch treadling until the sky opened up.
It is very easy for me to roll the treadle out on the porch. There is only one wall and a door way separating me from fresh air and beautiful views. You wouldn’t think that a mere 8 feet would make that much of a difference, but it does! I love being outside. I love the sound of birds chirping and the feel of the breeze, and I better enjoy it now because HOT HOT HOT will be her before we know it.
Treadling strip sets!
I’m stitching black and white sashings to frame the H blocks. It’s my project for the weekend, and I want to get them all sashed because they’ve been down on the family room “design floor” for far too long!
I was just making good progress when THIS happened:
So much for treadling on the porch! After this video I took a second one where it was coming down even harder, and there was a bit of hail! Now that the front porch is all wet I won't be treadling out here anymore today! #quilt #quilting #patchwork #quiltville #bonniekhunter #quiltvilla #blueridgemountains #northcarolina #rain #thunder #treadlemachine #singer66 #vintagesewingmachine
Now this is how we do spring in North Carolina! But you know what? If you wait 5 minutes – you get this:
Blue skies and sunshine!
This rain came down so hard that it was blowing sideways and it did make a wet mess of the front porch. I had just pulled the treadle back in the front door when it really let loose with rain and hail. Fabric got a bit wet, but it will dry.
The remainder of the day was spent sewing inside!
Attaching a hanging sleeve!
I love to use the backing margins to make my hanging sleeves if possible. It keeps extra fabric from re-entering the stash. And it is even more fun if I can use parts of a pieced backing.
In this case I even went the extra mile and MATCHED the pieced stripe in the hanging sleeve to the stripe down the backing of the quilt. Yeeehawwww. Little things like this make me smile.
This quilt has now entered the binding queue, 3rd in line. I did some stitching on the binding for the QOV auction quilt last night – made it half way around. It needs to be completely finished and ready to go into the mail before I leave for Mackinac Island.
The GREEN quilt is partially bound, I’ll pick that one up as soon as the QOV is done, and then this grey string thing will have its turn.
Remember those Plus Blocks from the American Patchwork & Quilting “It All Adds Up” challenge? Yep. They’re in here! And at some point you’ll get to see what the whole thing urned out to be. In the mean time you can marvel that I did indeed put really OLD Christmas fabric with a newer text print as well as some ancient reds mixed with newer ones in this block. It all works!
Which brings me to another topic that I just have to get off my chest. I got an email from another fabric company, this time NOT asking me to design fabric, I think they’ve caught on that I have no desire, because it limits what I can actually put into a quilt as a designer – you are required to make samples out of one line of fabric ONLY. One manufacturer ONLY. That is not fun in my book. It ties my hands and squashes my creativity.
This time XYZ fabric company wants to send me fabric to make in one of my designs and then to blog about it and to link to them and promote them through making my quilt. I don’t think THEY understand that this is not the way I work. I’d have to make the quilt out of just what they send me. Free fabric is great, but I need to sew the WHOLE ZOO. The old, the new, the vintage looking, the modern feeling, the whole ball of wax. I just can’t sew from one line of fabric. I just can’t.
It’s not that i don’t like those fabrics, I do! I like them all. I just want to be free to mix and match things the way *I* want to ….I just can’t do a “paint by number” quilt. Give me the fabric, fine…but let me add to it what I feel needs added to it to make the quilt MINE, not a walking talking billboard for a fabric designer or manufacturer. I LOVE the fabric. The designers are brilliant and the fabric is lovely. This is no way a put-down to the manufacturer. I just want the freedom to put what I like with what else I like.
I’m still thinking on how to reply in a way that doesn’t make them feel I am ungrateful. I just need a bigger box than that to play in.
Does that make sense to anyone?
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
To those who don't understand this passion called quilting, it must seem like a strange thing indeed. However, as I follow the pull of my inner voice I know I am on the right path. Just direct me to the fabric!
Vintage doll quilt found in Sioux Falls, South Dakota last week.
Have a glorious Friday, everyone. Sadie and I are headed out the door for a hike on the mountain, followed by some porch treadling to make up for what I lost yesterday.