A Top Finished, One Started & A Question

The pink and cream star quilt top is finished. Has been, in fact, for a while but we had to wait for a day that wasn’t too windy to get a good shot on the roof garden. It’s approximately 60″ by 80″.

The start is the red and white stars quilt that will be the same as the quilt in my blog header. I learned last week that cutting out fabric with scissors is a huge kitten attraction. So Friday I got all the pieces for the top cut by rotary cutter. Otherwise, it would probably have taken me a month to try to cut out all the pieces. Having all the pieces cut and ready to stitch is very tempting.

That said, I’m working on the Summer Dresden Plates almost exclusively. It’s going to be a pretty, summery quilt and I want to finish it before the summer is over so that I can get a good shot of it out on the roof garden. The blocks for the centre are done. Today the blocks will be up on the design wall so I can arrange and rearrange them and get them sewn together. The first border is already planned out.

The question? In conversations with a friend lately, the question came up about what was the preferred size of quilts to make. I seem to prefer making lap quilts for the most part. That may be because we use a duvet rather than quilts on the bed. What size quilts do you prefer to make? When you look at patterns, are you more attracted to those that give you the instructions for various sizes?

It’s very hot and humid here. I don’t think we’ve got smog alerts yet, but with this kind of weather they’re sure to happen. It almost feels like you’re walking into a wall of heat when you go outside. I’m not complaining, as this is by far preferable to winter temperatures.

Last week was not a good one as far as replying to comments goes. If you left me a comment last week, thank you!  I promise I will try to do better this week

Baxter discovered the windowsill on the weekend.

Wednesday Woes

Work is most definitely getting in the way of quilting! I’ll be lucky to do much of anything for about two weeks as we have hit the “It’s almost summer. Got to get this done before holidays start!” hysteria that seems to happen every year. Am a bit surprised this didn’t occur earlier this year, given how incredibly warm it has been here all month. However, it will be two weeks of insanity followed by about two months of very little.

I’ve been playing with another design using the Inklingo 1 and 2-inch hexagons and the star point on Collection 1. Think this one will be a large lap quilt. It goes together incredibly quickly and is a lot of fun.

This is about to get basted and go in the hoop. It’s one of the Pacific Rim 2-fabric appliques and was great fun to work on. The 2-fabric applique patterns all seem so enticing.

This is Smudge, Lester’s half-brother. He is an imp. One of his favourite tricks is to bat at the thread as I’m trying to get it in the needle. Sometimes it’s very frustrating. He has some very odd habits such as meowing incredibly loudly in the middle of the night as he sits on the bedroom windowsill looking out on the roof garden. He’s a definite lap kitty and would, if we would sit still that long, stay on a lap for 2 or 3 hours at a time.