a typical summer day
Doesn't Pippi look about how I feel? By this time the air was on as well as the ceiling fan but she still had about every inch of her body exposed to any stray breeze coming her way.I had hoped to have gotten my SIL Jan's hot air balloon wall hanging quilted in July but that didn't happen. I think I will extend July by another week---if Hanne can do that, then so can I, LOL. Actually it had been my goal list for the past two months. And, I made the goal, so I can revise it---and did. It is a gift for a September birthday in her family so time to "git 'er done".
I stitched in the ditch and free motioned meandered around the balloons in the border. My free motion is not as tight as it once was and there does not seem to be any toe nail catchers--the pace is going better. I am just not as confident in my abilities in that area. It's the actually staring at the cloth and wondering which way to squiggle that gets me. I don't draw and even drawing aimless squiggles that appear like a classic loss meander would not be in my nature. Think there is any hope for me? Not that I have any desire to all over free motion any quilt--that weighs the batting down too much and makes the quilt feel like an army blanket in my opinion. I like 'em fluffier if it's on my bed.
I started quilting the Revamped Medallion that I showed you in a previous post after I finished up with Jan's balloons. I got a goodly amount of it finished too--really just 3 sides of the flying geese on the 3rd border are left to go. I did the ditch stitching at center BUT those super huge tan and blue HST's are going to have to have something else there. Bite the bullet and more free motion??? Cross hatch? I am going to ponder that one for awhile as I work.
Pam asked me in IM what I thought I would work on next. HMMMMM. Good question. There is never a shortage of things that I could do--tons of UFO's both personal and for the kids. Lots of things already cut and kitted up. There is some binding but I am never nuts about doing that--save that for the quilt meeting next week so I won't have to drag my machine. Still debating about handquilting my 30's sampler--could try that even.
BUT like I told Norma , my brain needs the reward of the new and challenging rather than a UFO or kit that I already visited and set aside. I have procrastinated doing said UFO long enough that it inspires some guilt on my part--not always enough to make me want to work on it, however. It antiques some more.
SO perhaps the Cat fabric that Linda S gave me will finally find a way into a quilt "for me"--the stipulation she made when she made the gift. Or the butterfly fabric that I passed out as a group challenge will get cut and stitched into the quilt I have been considering. All up to me but it is coming out of the stash, regardless.