See this picture? This wonderful quilt frame? It’s a fabulous solid oak quilt frame that does away with the necessity of basting, folds up easily for storage and is a great asset for any hand quilter!
On Easter weekend, my favourite quilt shop, Sew Sisters, had a contest. Every purchaser of fabric got an entry. Sew Sisters had a very similar contest last year at Easter. That was the first time I saw one of these frames and I’ve been wanting one ever since as basting is a nightmare and holding a hoop is completely beyond my hands’ capabilities. When Judy announced the contest on the Sew Sisters blog last week, I knew I had to buy something and get an entry in the contest. A few half metres of red batiks were purchased and a lot of finger crossing began.
I don’t usually have good luck in contests like this but this time — I won! When I got the e-mail from Judy Tuesday afternoon, I was thrilled — once I got over the surprise I had actually won it, that is. I think the cats jumped at the noise I made when I read that e-mail!! There are 3 big quilts waiting for quilting, a number of smaller ones and now — well, now I can’t wait! I’ve done so little hand quilting in the past couple of years that the first thing I’m going to do is make up a sandwich of muslin and batting and get back into the rhythm of hand quilting before I start on any of the quilts.
The frame is made by Heartland Quiltworks, a Canadian company. We’re picking it up from the shop on the weekend. I can’t wait to get it home and try out quilting with a frame. I have visions of the cats curled up under the frame and probably being little mischief makers trying to catch the needle and thread.
There’s a table runner pattern I’m working on that will feature, among other things, this star. I made it with the 6″ Storm at Sea collection. The background fabric I used is one that I’ve had for ages and absolutely love working with. It’s almost of the same thread count as a good batik but needles so easily. I’ve been looking for the right pattern in which to use it for years.
It was a rainy, drizzly, somewhat cooler day on Tuesday and the cats didn’t spend any time on the windowsill. Smudge did spend a lot of time in my desk chair, though. It seems to be one of his favourite spots. I’m not too sure what that look is all about — perhaps a bit of a Morris look.
Lester also has a funny look on his face. He was actually awake but closed his eyes as he really dislikes the flash of the camera.