Friday, November 14, 2014

Snow, Sun,Wind, and Quilts To Be

For the moment, I have dropped off working on Sunny Lanes blocks in spite of my delight that they are now officially a swap over at Blockswappers.

What greeted me this morning was another delight; our first dusting! Yippee, SNOW!!!!!

The distant shapes beside the orchard trees are the garden's tomato cages and a few bales of mulch hay that were unused extras. Last night, Felix harvested the last straggler leaves of bright green and red Swiss Chard. We love it lightly steamed and then served with balsamic vinegar and a few shakes of Parmesan cheese. Yummy!

My self-imposed deadline is approaching for Celtic Solstice, as we near the one year mark for it, and the start of the newest Bonnie K. Hunter mystery, Grand Illusion Mystery.

I had some trouble smoothing out my final borders on the center of the quilt top to get the perfectly fitting measure of the borders.
No, it wasn't the snow that stopped me! It was quickly gone and the asphalt dry by 10:00 in the morning. But oh, that wind! See how it wouldn't even give me a few seconds to snap a picture for you? LOL! Here you can make out that only two of the green borders are attached.

By the way, I am thrilled to tell you that I auditioned fabrics like mad crazy for those final borders and nothing looked right to me, UNTIL I shopped my stash of the Civil War shelves. Buried under some Prussian Blues was this Moda design by Terry Clothier Thompson called "Louisa." It's a green and tan modified gingham that just hit the spot!

After I waited for the wind to die down a wee bit, I was able to get the last border measured and cut, then pinned and sewn.

It was almost dusk and I was losing my light for the pictures.

It measures 89" by 89" before quilting, and I know that it will "shrink up" a bit from that. I am so very happy with the way that it looks!!!

In the above picture, please ignore the camera strap that was dangling into the base of the photo. I can't wait to get this top quilted and bound, it is so pretty! Thank you, Bonnie for another marvelous mystery!

Happy sewing!


Janet O. said...

I love the Sunny Lanes block and have always wanted to make one. How large are your blocks--and how many do you have made so far?
Celtic Solstice is just beautiful! That is a great border you had waiting in your stash. : )

cityquilter grace said...

that green print is perfect for the CS.....well done, great's a biggie but great for winter warmth....flannel back?

helen said...

This is the perfect fabric for a beautiful quilt, Vic! Congratulations!!
Often we forget what we have in our stash isn't it (:$ blush)??
Have a lovely weekend with not too much snow!

Cathy said...

Oh, Celtic Solstice looks wonderful! Good for you. But bad for you on that design wall driveway. We have a light dusting of snow that refuses to melt because it's sooooo cold. My design wall on finishes is the clothesline unless it gets coated with ice or I'm too darned cold to go out.

And shame on you for starting another cw fabric themed swap I might have to join. Gee, that will be another project started in the new year!

Feathers in my Nest said...

Beautiful green fabric! yes, you should be very pleased, it's a Beautiful quilt top..Oh, I Love Chards too.

Katie said...

Your CS is glowing!! beautiful!!! It's on my todo list!

R & E said...

I have a Sunny Lanes, ... somewhere in my sewing room. My blocks were 16 inches - yes it went fast, but that is waaaay too large. I'll find it one of these days - the larger size will mean more thought to be given to larger areas. 8-))

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