Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer Travels

We've been on the road ... a lot.  So I haven't posted since it's probably not wise to tell the world wide web that the house is unattended.  We've left many footprints in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.  Our teens are going whitewater rafting on Friday, which is one more trip to Tennessee.  Whew!

For the NC beach trips, I brought along a sewing machine.  We like to avoid the most intense sun rays during prime tanning hours.  Also, it's really nice to have a backup plan on rainy days.  With a set of 12 flannel fat quarters plus a piece of tan solid flannel, I made three baby quilt tops.  The first two used Missouri Star Quilt Company's tutorial for Serendipity quilts.

Both of these are small, so I plan to add a border to them before quilting.

I've not sewn with flannel before, but it was good quality and didn't stretch or misbehave at all.  I like the soft texture and the piecing wasn't any different than using quilting fabrics, except for perhaps a few more pins than I'd normally use.

The green triangles went fast and I didn't have a source for more, so I used the other blocks to form one more top sans green.  It's larger and I'll quilt it without borders.

Our camera batteries need replacements, so these photos are from my phone.  I guess there's enough dirt on the lens to act as a softening filter. 

Now that we're home, I'm looking forward to a few finishes.  First and of the highest priority is to finish the quilting for the Quilts of Valor quilt.  It's much closer to being complete, but still needs more attention.  Two more eagles, a few more feathers and the outer border on one side.  Plus those little touch up places that I find as I turn the quilt.

Time to go to work now, so  ....

Enjoy your day,
- SeeingStars

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