Tuesday, December 17, 2013

One Step Closer

Woohoo!  The main part of this top is finished.  Next, I'm working on the piano keys border.  Then, another border of the dark navy.

It won't be quilted before Christmas.  If I tried, I wouldn't enjoy the process because it would be so rushed.  Plus, it wouldn't look as nice.  I'm looking forward to this quilting!  Not too dense, but definitely custom.

After quilting, I might add a few jewels, but not too many.  Some of the faces don't have eyes yet.  I haven't decided if they'll be embroidered or jewels.  Probably perl cotton embroidery.  I guess I should do that before quilting.

Time to dash to work.  I'm running a bit late today.

I hope you are making time to enjoy this holiday season.  It can be hectic, but if you select what you'd like to do and what you would rather skip, it's not so overwhelming.  I caught a glimpse of my neighbor's white snowman tree last night.  Very adorable!

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Monday, December 9, 2013

Another Row Added and Just One More to Go

Rows 2 and 3 are on the wall.  (Row 1 is hiding behind Row 2 now)

I'm still slowly working on more blocks.  Although there are only 12 large blocks in this quilt, each large block is composed of lots of smaller ones.  It's fun to switch techniques from piecing, fusing with a satin stitch, and couching embroidery.  Plus, I'm getting to play with lots and lots of batik fabrics!

So the last row is in progress.  Here's how it looks this morning.
Row 3 blocks are done.  Row 4 in their present state.
I'll see how far I get piecing the remaining blocks tonight.  Then I'll switch to the fusing and couching.  Maybe by the end of this week, I'll have all the blocks complete.

For quilting, I've been trying to decide on a variegated thread or a clear one.  I picked up some Mono Poly clear thread last week while I was out of town.  It's not the smoky color, but the lighter one.  I might also stretch out some variegated threads across the blocks and see if they'll be too distracting from the overall design.  Any ideas?

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars