Whew! We're having one weird week this week what with the sale ending on Monday and today Josh and I drove to Gastonia, NC to visit Gaston Day, a wonderful school James will hopefully attend next fall.
While in Gastonia, I hopped by Sew Much Fun, Mary Jo's Cloth Store, and Hobby Lobby to collect some new supplies: solid fabric for more modern quilts, printed batiks for a couple skirts, and yarn to experiment with couching.
Three times today I was browsing through the store, looking over fabrics or trying to select a ball of yard and I heard: "Are you the Leah Day?!" This has started happening just about every time I go in a craft / fabric store in this area, and I have to admit, it's pretty weird!
But it's also wonderful to have a chance to chat with quilters who know the project and have enjoyed following along with the designs. I do miss that side of teaching, getting to see people in person, so maybe we will be able to pick up again when James starts school full time in 2013.
Who knows! All I know is I'm having a great time quilting on a larger scale. Here's a little quilt I finished last weekend:
If you recognize this little wall hanging it's probably because I've created it before! You can read about the original Flower Bouquet Quilt right here.
This time, I've chosen to quilt on a 1/4 inch scale which isn't huge, but it's much softer, and covers the quilt much quicker.
The last time I created Flower Bouquet, each flower was different. This time each flower is the same Sunflower design and stitched with a layer of white and a layer of pale yellow thread.
The background was quilted with Gravel Stitch, and the base stitched with Flaming Spiral, two designs we'll learn next year.
Finally the border was quilted with Edge of Reality. I think I'll go back and couch some dark red decorative threads through the middle of that wiggly line to bring it out a bit more.
What do I love the most about quilting this little quilt? How much time it took to finish! I worked on this over 2 evenings so it was quilted in around 4 to 6 hours. Best of all, it was a suitable amount of time for the size of the quilt, which means I didn't get bored working on it.
Overall, I really like this little quilt, and it certain has made for an easy and quick gift for Christmas. Now if I can just get two more small quilts finished, I'll have covered everyone on my list!
Let's go quilt!