Lori (Humble Quilts Blog--this link takes you to the beginning of her latest little SAL) had her "Faithful" SAL. We were to use any 6" block we might have on hand, or make a new one, and she walked us through the steps of adding those HST borders.
I had decided that I would ditch stitch around the compass points and all of the HSTs, and put feathers in all of the black borders and around the compass.
Using the bendable ruler (this is a method I learned from a Patsy Thompson tutorial), I marked my feather spines.
Then I pin basted, and as I always do on minis, I did the ditch stitching on my DSM. I take ditch stitching seriously. Stitching slowly, I really try to stay in the ditch.
The final touch was the feathering, on Gidget. When I feather on an outer border, I always draw a containment line 1/4" from the edge, so that my feather plumes don't end up under the binding.
Then finish with the 1" cut, single fold binding. Very happy with the results of this one.
My two "brave" finishes together.
I had a rather low-key Labor Day weekend, but I did get in some stitching. With the leftovers from "Burgoyne Strikes Gold", I made this little quilt, which finishes at about 7" square.
|I think I'll name this little quilt "Pumpkin in the 9-patch".|
I have been eager to try out this little pattern from issue #21 of Miniature Quilts Magazine. I have simplified it by not lining it. It is too tiny to see inside of, anyway.
They are paper pieced, but it isn't as involved as the little ornaments. I'm pretty sure I am going to be making a few more of these.
Speaking of ornaments, I also made a few of those over the Labor Day weekend.
I didn't feel like I had accomplished much over the weekend, but when I put it all together I guess it adds up.
One last thing. I have made slow, but steady progress on my little Thimble quilt in honor of my visit to Cyndi's Busy Thimble shop last month, in Maine. I've been using it as a leader/ender, but you don't do much of that when you are machine quilting, or paper piecing.
One of these days I am going to make progress on my current big quilt project. Won't that be shocking?
Until next time,