Monday, May 23, 2011

The seam ripper is my friend

I couldn't resist posting this photo of our lilac tree/bush.  I grew up loving lilacs.  My grandmother wore Avon's lilac water all the time, and it is a smell that takes me back to her warm cozy home every time.   This year, our lilac has more blossoms on it than it has had since we moved here.  It smells so wonderful as you walk through the gate to the back yard.  I will probably cut some to bring in the house in the next couple of days.  I am so excited we have this tree and that it is in full bloom this year.
In more quilty news, I spent the bulk of the day yesterday working on Hokule'a.  I finished piecing the circle of geese and am very happy with the results.  When I laid them over the star compass, I decided I really did not like the job I did with the double button hole stitch on the star compass.  I didn't like the color of thread I selected, either.  So, what is a quilter to do?  I got out my trusty Bernina seam ripper and started carefully taking out stitches.  Have you ever spent time taking out double button hole stitches?  Believe me when I tell you it is not much fun.  It took the better part of the afternoon and evening.  I had to quit when my eyes gave out on me.  I finished this morning.  Then, I went to the store and picked up more King Tut in a color better suited for the project, and started over again.

My first mistakes were twofold.  I did not use a fusible, and I did not use a backing.  Beginner's mistakes, I know.  I don't know what I was thinking.  This time, I used both, and I am much happier with the outcome.  Here you can see the geese all pinned down and ready to sew.  I am going to hand stitch them down because I don't want the stitching to show.  I am pretty proud of this piece so far.  I designed it and made it myself, from drawing the pattern, to making the foundation pieces.  Imaging my surprise today when I picked up a copy of the new Quilter's Newsletter to find something very similar on the disc that came with the magazine.  Now, people are going to think I copied it, but I did not.  I hope this does not become a problem when I enter it into our guild show in August.  Any suggestions?
One other project I worked on today was putting together little kits to teach curved flying geese to my guild next week.  I decided to do a rainbow of flying geese with them.  This is what each participant will get.

I will be with my granddaughter the next couple of days, so see you on Thursday.
Joyful quilting, everyone.


Carol G said...

Your Hokule'a is beautiful. You won't regret the time you spent with the seam ripper.

Lisa said...

Just beautiful! I love my seam ripper too. I don't even get too upset when I have to take it out.!

Karen said...

Your circle flying geese takes my breath away. Very very pretty. Love the lilac tree.

mjdedwards said...

Your design of your Hokule is so creative and the colors are so eletric. I also admire your ability to journal every step you take. You teach, critic, and enjoy your work, and are able to share with the quilting world. Im sure all the quilters are receiving ideas from you, maybe even magazines. Say Hi to my little Isabella our true gift from god. Love Diane
P.S. See you the last of June for the birthday party.

Miki Willa said...

Thank you, everyone, for the very kind comments. Diane, I am looking forward to your visit.

Anonymous said...

Hi Miki, it's Snoodles from Lilypadquilting....I follow you now! I am speechless when I scroll up to look at that beautiful example of your skills up there. Just lovely! I raise my cup of tea to you, my friend! Salute!
By the way, would you like to make a trip to the south to teach those geese? LOL
Jacque in SC