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There is a bit happening here in our neck of the woods. I have decided to enter our local quilt show. It’s being held at the high school in town. It will be a first time for me. Okay, I have to admit just the thought of it makes me a bit nauseous. I recognize my limited skills, though they are improving. But knowing people I don’t know are going to be judging my quilts, with all of their warts (my quilts not the people), makes me a bit anxious. At least I won’t have to stand next to them. I can attend the show and no one will know I made those quilts. That way when they talk about the uneven stitching, mismatched seams, and general amateurish quilting I can pretend they aren’t my quilts. They belong to some other poor, deluded quilter. Oh wait! I just remembered my name will be on them. Maybe I’ll go in disguise.
I will hopefully have six quilts to enter. Four are completed. I just finished two of them yesterday. Okay I will admit one of them I totally love. The fabric, design and yes, even the quilting is great. Looking at the quilt makes me sooo happy and well, I have to confess, proud. And, it is the one I made for the FatQuarter Shop quilt-along!
The other quilt is one I had designed and put together about a year ago. It’s called Flying Trapeze II. After I commenced quilting it I sort of regretted the design I chose. I think a different design would have been better. But what was I to do? Rip it out? That wasn’t going to happen. Because I have carpel tunnel in both wrists, quilting is difficult for me due to extreme numbness in my fingers, arms and hands. So with that limitation, my lines are all squiggly. It does kind of work because of the pattern in one of the fabrics. We’ll see what the judges think.
The third completed quilt is the one on our bed. It’s our wedding quilt I made three years ago. The colors are light and dark creams with splashes of deep red squares through out. My husband helped me pick out the fabric and he chose the backing, a beautiful cream and deep red plaid. Because this is a queen size quilt I ended up hand-tying it. There wasn’t any way I would be able to machine quilt it. I was also on pain medicine because I had managed to break my left ankle during that time.
And the fourth is one I designed this past summer, Stars Americana. That was a lot of fun to make. The quilting is mainly stitch in the ditch, so it was pretty simple.
So that leaves two more quilts. One of them I am currently hand quilting and the other one I have yet to put together.
Oh! you want pictures? Well, I have a couple. The quilt for the quilt-along I can only show the back right now. The unveiling for the front is still a week away. Here you go!
Yes, that is a lot of snow in those two pictures. We have received over two feet of the stuff. What you are seeing behind the quilts is the piles my neighbor has made with his plow, clearing my driveway and making a path for me. That’s just one of the great things about living here. Neighbors looking out for neighbors.
Speaking of which, I need to go check on my neighbor’s kitty. I’ve been kitty sitting while they have been away playing in the sun and enjoying the warm climes of Florida. So I’m going to go for now.
I’ll be posting again in a couple of days. I have some update photos of the quilt I’ve been making for the quilt along. And who knows, I might have another finished quilt to show you!
Until next time – What quilt shows are you going to?