|Beautiful wedding quilt, BEFORE quilting.|
Baste-y baste baste. So important to hold the quilt square throughout.
|Basting is a must!|
Ditch-y, ditch, ditch. Lots of ditching here. So important for sharpening the lines and popping out the applique. (See where the fabric is taut because I've ditched around the applique? Magic!)
All of the borders are ditched, too, except for between the blocks in the patchwork border. I had a leaf motif in mind for each patch that would be faster and look just as good.
|Applique and borders are ditched.|
Stitch-y stitch stitch.
Special motifs were stitched into the background without marking the quilt. The white fabric was untested and I didn't dare take ANY chances with it.
|White marker on white paper, on white fabric, using white thread. Can you say eye strain?|
A bit of accuracy was sacrificed for safety, but the overall effect is quite nice in the end, as you will see in the AFTER photo.
Oh, okay, I can't resist - here is a sneak peek at a tiny detail that I'm quite pleased with! This bit (the two heads) is only about two inches tall. Yep. Tiny!
Leafy filler surrounds the applique (and the stitched motifs). I love how loose fabric gets "eaten up" by quilting stitches! (And, there is always loose fabric after the quilt center is stitched.)
|Leafy background filler wraps around the applique.|
After miles of leafy filler came miles, and miles of border fillers.
|Sticking with a leafy, vine-y theme in the borders.|
Special touches included stitching a pair of tiny Ukrainian Easter eggs in gorgeous colours,
|Special for the family.|
and adding the newlyweds' initials as though they were carved there by the lovers!
My client came armed with line drawings of family crests and symbols to be stitched into the quilt (we'd talked previously, so she came well prepared), and our ideas merged as we discussed quilting possibilities for the rest.
I am so blessed to have clients with strong vision AND realistic expectations!
The result is a quilt infused with meaning for both the giver and the recipients - a true Family Quilt.
|Beautiful wedding quilt, AFTER quilting.|
Trying to catch the light so the stitched motifs show is a bit of a trick, but you get the idea!
And it's off to be bound and given to the happy couple. Whew!
On the Home Front
No basement, yet.
Equipment not available, so we have to be patient until next week. Phooey.
However, Chuck did break ground!
|Chuck, digging the ceremonial "first hole" where our house will be.|
This is what we have so far.
|Well, it's a start!|
Pretty nice, hey? (lol!)
We also have a large shed that now has power and a gas line for the heater.
While I was there, Chuck had me hold a wrench outside the building so he could tighten something up inside. I'm including this shot of me "at work" just for Tracy - hopefully she will get a chuckle out of it! (It would be even better with painted nails, but I was unprepared!)
Until next time,
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