finishes and starts

Yay, rocking horse complete!

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Soon to be delivered.

And although March has come in like a lion (snow in Victoria in march is pretty rare), there are definite signs that spring has sprung.  I have seen a few daffodils already, and spied some tiny pink buds on a bush behind the library today.

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Like a song stuck in my head, I keep hearing “spring has sprung, the grass is green, I wonder where the flowers been?”  Makes me want to pull out my green and pink fabrics and start creating.  Oops, maybe I should work on something half done instead.  I guess.

“Not a bargello”https://mycolourqueue.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/not-a-bargello/ is so close, yet so far.  Dense quilting is terribly time consuming, but lovely to touch

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I am almost at the finish line, so this one is currently under the needle.  Lots of thread getting used.  Good thing I am using a big spool of serger thread for this one. ( Don’t tell the quilting police).

Maybe I can have it done before the next guild meeting.  That’s a good, actually attainable goal!  Must not get distracted! Gotta go sew! later.

 

building a pony

well, not really a pony.  It’s a rocking horse.  I have made this same pattern 2 times previously, all commissions for the same client. Yay to repeat customer!  Although doing the same pattern seems a bit odd, it is a replica of a quilt made for C by her mother when she was a child.  Her mother has since passed away and she wanted quilts for her 2 children just like the one she had growing up.  These are the two previous ones.  C picked the very busy fabrics and I constructed.

This time it was for her sister’s baby and I convinced her to include a solid and some less busy prints. But still plenty of whimsy.  Check out the mountain goat who is falling.

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Each time I do this quilt, I have to figure out how to put it all together because I didn’t make notes the last time( thinking it was a one time thing). First step was to cut out all the pieces, including the framework of  logs and the background.

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Then I began the satin stitch applique. Not my favorite thing.

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Came out not too bad though.

Next I constructed the border and background.

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And then it is time to spray baste and pin the whole rocking horse in place.

dsc03884I think it will come together pretty cute.  Now after about 3 hours of applique, the top is complete.

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This quilt will be sewn together inside out, turned and finished.  So no binding, and minimal actual quilting.  Just enough to keep the binding from bunching when being washed.

I have borrowed one of the previous rocking horse quilts for measurements. As a bonus, I get to see how well it has held up to a few years of love.  Pretty good, I must say.

Hubby was away for 2 nights and I had such grand plans for getting lots of sewing done.  But as usual I think I can do WAY more in the time available than is actual reality. And the there are kids and groceries and meals, oh, and sleep.  I need that one and lots of it.  Like 8 hours, preferably.  I am not good when I am overtired. You?

I also spent some time on one of my own quilts…check me out on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BQt_LndDu8t/?hl=en   . This one is taking lots of time but loving the texture.