I was a good girl yesterday.
I got home BEFORE my estimated time of arrival.
This is what happens when the GPS says it will take 80 minutes from Quilt Villa to Home, and you do all in your power to beat the time given. HA!
No more than 5mph over the speed limit though, and just keeping up with traffic. I know I have a lead foot!
I tackled the stack of mail.
I opened boxes of things that had been ordered.
I got laundry going.
I printed all of the invoices that had been waiting in the system since I left for the cabin last Wednesday afternoon, they are all now marked PROCESSING meaning invoices are printed, labels made ready, and placed in line so when the Essential Triangle Tools arrive I’ll have everything in order and can crank these out the door and get them to YOU.
And before I knew it, darkness had fallen and it was evening time.
I pieced a backing. I loaded this! I started quilting!
Fun design – Hall of Mirrors!
I was asked in Facebook last night why I have the quilt mounted sideways.
- Sometimes I do this simply because there is a seam the long way down the backing from top to bottom and it rolls up better on the rollers if the seam lays along the roller bar instead of wrapping around and around it which can cause uneven tension in the backing.
- Sometimes I do it because it means less rolling around the take up bar, making less bulk in the throat of the machine there.
- Sometimes I do it because working the long way means less starts and stops.
- Sometimes I do it because I don’t want the pattern to look like “stripes” across the quilt from side to side. It hides the pattern better if I mount it sideways. Rows are less evident.
I am SO happy with how this turned out!
Finished and trimmed this morning!
I know this is not a very in-depth blog post, but sometimes I would rather just sew than write!
Rows of happy pumpkins!
And I love this texture!
And this border is what ties it all together.
Yes, these were cut with the Essential Triangle Tool!
There will be orange binding.
With the pumpkins being “rows across” can you see why I wanted the quilting to be the opposite? Rows from top to bottom?
Perfect on a leaf covered back porch.
In the sunny spot!
Our Quiltmaker Gift-Away is still going on. Did you leave your entry THERE? The drawing happens TOMORROW EVENING! There is still time to get in on it, but don't delay!
Our Mystery Monday Link-Up for Part 2 of our En Provence Mystery is gaining entries at quite the pace! Over 150+ of you have shared your progress and it is so great to see the gorgeous fabrics you are working with and how they are coming together in your units! If you haven't checked the links in a couple of days, go back and catch up. AMAZING work, Quiltvillians! Simply wonderful! Go HERE to see.
My day is cut out for me. I've cherry-picked through all of the printed invoices and pulled the ones that do NOT include Essential Triangle Tools and will fill those orders and get them out the door on my way to a much needed Massage this afternoon.
The rest of my day will be desk work -- getting things ready for my January teaching venues, working on the website, and of course working on Part THREE of En Provence which is coming up quickly.
Binding tonight, maybe? I hope so!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage drunkard's path variation shared by Kevin H.
These words from such a young life haunt my heart.
I first read The Diary of Anne Frank when I was 12. I visited the place where the Frank family and others lived in secret before they were discovered in Amsterdam. Such an amazing insightful young lady.
Her words still inspire me today.
Hopefully they will inspire you today as well.