Sunday, June 16, 2013

Three More To Go

Here's the first eagle.

It was marked with the blue water soluble pen.  I'll soak the quilt in ice water when it's finished to be sure all those marks have a chance to go away.

Row 3 - Left side

Row 3 - Right side
I'll turn the quilt so each eagle is quilted right side up.  I think that will be easier than attempting to work upside down.

The next two rows will be the very center of the quilt.  Woo hoo!  Can't wait to reach the half-way mark.

Enjoy your Father's Day!  Our breakfast casserole will go in the oven in about a half hour.  It's a nice way to make Mr. SeeingStars feel honored.  We have a small goodie bag for him too.  (I think he'll like his repaired flip flops the best.)

- SeeingStars

Friday, June 14, 2013

Jumping Mental Hurdles

... or another On The Frame post.

This Quilts Of Valor quilt top patiently waited almost 3 weeks before I've started to quilt it.  Once the plan was made, I realized I was too intimidated to start.

First Row

I hope I'm not the only one with ambitions that exceed my confidence level. 

I can hear Karen McTavish telling me to do the hardest thing.  Yet she keeps getting interrupted by my inner self screaming, "What were you thinking?"

First Row a little more to the right

I haven't erased the chalk marks around the stars yet.  Guess that will give me something to do once I get ready to inspect and roll back to the start.

First row - center
2nd row - starting at the left edge again

This one is a combination of ruler work, chalking design elements and free motion.

2nd row - a little more to the left
I like the solid blue background with the mustard yellow So Fine thread.  (That's probably not the real name of the thread color.)

2nd row - center
 I love quilting feathers!  The stems were first designated with white chalk and blue water soluble, depending on the fabric color.  Then free motion quilted.

2nd row - right portion

I hope to have a little more progress tomorrow to share with you.  The back will be so neat to see once it's all done.  I'm hoping the diagonal lines will make the back look like a totally different quilt.  Have I mentioned that there will be eagles quilted in the upcoming rows?  What was I thinking?

There are lots of starts and stops with this quilting.  I'm practicing tying and burying my threads with hopes that they'll look better on the back side.

I have a recipient in mind for this Quilt of Valor.  Can't wait to present it to him!

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars