First, the finish.
Ta da . . .
I have been working on this Hawaiian applique for over five years. After I got it cut and basted, I put it away, thinking I was never going to have the patience or skills to finish it. I finally decided I would never develop the skills unless I tried, so I got it out a few months ago and did the needle turn applique. Then I hand quilted it. I put the binding on today from an old Hawaiian shirt of Tom's. It isn't perfect, but I am really happy it is done and somewhat presentable.
It is amazing, but I actually got this done in this mess of a studio.
As you can see, I have projects everywhere. My design wall is off to the left. The board to the right holds all my inspirational bits and pieces. The table to the left holds quite a few orphan blocks and UFOs. The stacks of fabric and books on the end of the table in the middle are waiting for me to put them away in the other room. I try and keep everything for one project in a separate basket, so you can see them stacked around. One of these days, I will have to clean up a bit. Unfortunately, I would rather use studio time to create, not clean.
Today, I also tried something new to me. I wanted to try string quilting.
I got a 12" and a couple of 4" blocks put together before I decided to put this away for another day. I did this by creating a largish strata and cutting the block units from that. There was much too much waste for me. When I get back to it, I am going to try a different approach. Besides, I also discovered that the greens, teals, and turquoise fabrics I want to use are all very different sizes, most much to small to make good strata. At least I like the results. Tom likes these and hopes I continue.
Here are the JL blocks I made (2 each).
And last but not least is the final block for my BOM quilt.
This is the last you will see of this until it is finished and ready to enter in the contest over at 15 Minutes Play on December 1.
I can't wait to see what I get done tomorrow. I hope it goes as well as it did today.
What are your plans for the weekend?