Well, the blog has been quiet lately, but I have been getting things done. I’ve been doing a lot of work outside, cleaning up my long neglected yard. I’m making progress, but haven’t taken any photos yet. I should have taken “before” pictures, but I didn’t. So, you will just have to be happy with “after” pictures. Once I take them…
Work on the yard is going well, and I have promised myself that I will purchase a couple (or so) of new rose bushes should I manage to get everything cleaned up before Mother’s Day (which is our local traditional day of first planting to avoid winter freezes). I was also given some columbines and something called coralbells by a friend of a friend, so I’m looking forward to watching them develop this spring.
I was positively giddy at the announcement that this past weekend was going to be cold and rainy. Well, they said Snowy, but that never happened. Too cold and muddy to go outside, at any rate. A whole weekend of quilting!!! Yay!
Progress was made on the Day Dreams quilt, and actual photos were taken.
To recap, the center of the quilt is a square with a center medallion.
You can see it at the bottom of this photo. At the top of the photo are four straight sawtooth borders. They will be applied around the edges of the square with blue cornerstones (squares) at each corner.
Around the outside of the sawtooth border will be another thin strip of the greyish fabric (you can barely see it around the edges of the square in the photo above. It will have small orange cornerstones.
Around the outside of that will be the arcs. There will be half circle arcs on the straight edges of the center, and 3/4 round arches around each corner. The arcs will consist of several rows/layers -two are pieced and two are solid.
You can see the pieced arcs above. Well, half-arcs, since I’ve not joined them yet. The top row (left and right sections) will be used to make the half circles and the second row will be used to make the 3/4 arcs. The smaller (and lighter colored) arcs on the bottom will be inside of the large arcs. Separating the larger from the smaller arcs will be a solid band of light colored fabric (I’m still waffling on which fabric to use in this case, because I don’t like the one that I picked out) and then there will be a dark blue half (or 3/4) circle inside of the smaller arc to fill it in.
It is hard to describe with words, actually, which is why I don’t write patterns. I’ll take photos as I go.
What is my next step? Well all of the pieces shown (except for the center square) have to be steam pressed and then precisely trimmed to the paper pattern (which is still on the back of all of these pieces). Then they need to be sewn together and the whole thing filled in with odd shaped “background” pieces. It will be an interesting process.
At least I’m making progress.