Today we are celebrating Don’s birthday by going for a quick dinner at the Keg. We went to Hardware Grill last Friday for the official celebration so today is just icing on the ‘cake’. He won’t let me publish his age but who’s counting anyway.
It is time to pick the unfinished quilts (UFOs) that I am going to commit to completing in the second quarter of this year’s quilt finish-a-long (FAL). I have 4 projects. I am going to focus on free motion quilting (FMQ) and finish a bunch of tops that have been lying around because I didn’t have any experience/confidence. I still don’t have a whole lot of experience but I am ready to challenge myself.
#1 – Kimono: I made this wall hanging 2-3 years ago and it has been hanging in my closet since then. It needs to be basted, quilted and bound.
#2 – Dragon Fly: Here is another wall hanging. It has some quilting but it needs to be finished. I also want to give it a scalloped border (I’ve never tried a fancy border) and bind it.
#3 – Sue’s Summer Breeze: This is a triple Irish chain quilt that I am making for my friend Sue. I can’t show you a picture of it because she follows my blog and I don’t want her to see it before it is finished.
#4 Once again I am going to try and finish my Blue Hydrangea quilt that I had planned to finish in the 1st quarter. I have to remove the grid stitching in the 16 flower blocks and then replace them with some free motion quilting that I hope will do a better job of showcasing the floral prints. I am still waiting for the custom ordered silk thread to arrive so that I can start the FMQ.
Today we are celebrating 12 wonderful years with our handsome Golden Boy Wally. Our tradition has been to give him one timbit (his favourite treat) for every year. As he started approaching double digits we cut it back to half timbits because we were concerned about feeding him so many rich treats. If we are lucky enough to celebrate 13 birthdays next year, I think he will get the full meal deal…..not halfsies. I set my camera on auto and tried to capture him snarfing each one.
I am very proud of myself. I finished 3 of the 4 projects that I had picked to finish in the first quarter of the 2013 quilt finish-a-long. I wasn’t able to redo the free motion quilting on Blue Hydrangea because the 100wt silk thread I ordered hasn’t arrived yet. I did manage to finish hand sewing on the binding and I picked out the stitching that the long arm quilter did on the blocks so that it will be ready for my attempt at FMQ when the thread arrives.
Last but not least I finished this monster. It is huge. I started it in January 2012 and worked on it on and off throughout the year. It took the FAL to get me to finish the FMQ and to hand sew on the binding. Click here to see more pictures and read about the quilt construction.