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Monday, October 6, 2014
Canvas Pillows and Quilts, and Q3 FAL - at the eleventh hour...
So the Q3 link to show off your Q3 Finishes closes in 3 hours, and as a result this post will be a little rushed. I needed to have the light to take the photos, and since Katy's home is many hours ahead of me, her end of the day is far earlier than mine, insert more excuses here, anyway, a good lesson in not waiting until the last minute to do stuff.
On my Q3 FAL hopes and dreams list (go here) I said I would finish each of these pillows, which I am now calling The Sixties Pillows. I hauled them to the coast for the summer and back. I really love them. When did I finish them - this weekend.
Turns out I was glad they were not done. It gave me a lovely quilting project for the weekend. I tried out a lot of different designs. I quilted the Sixties Red Pillow with hot pink 40wt Aurifil thread.
See those diagonal lines in the middle part, I had planned for them to be more straight. Well after one line, it was clear that I would need a ruler for straight diagonal lines on my long arm, so I turned them into wavy, scribbly lines, and I really like them. You know, make lemonaide.
These pillows use the pillow size instructions in my Canvas pattern, and if you wanted to buy the pattern you could go here to see all the different options for doing that.
I had a lot of fun using some of my treasured Comma prints for these pillows. I used a bright orange 50wt Aurifil thread to quilt the Sixties Orange Pillow.
I installed invisible zippers in them too. I have to mention that invisible zippers are almost as fast as just sewing the seam up. The only difference is the time to pin in the zipper, maybe 3 more minutes. Everyone can do it.
See, reasonably invisible. I have a tutorial on installing these zippers here.
My procrastination gets worse. On these two baby quilts, again using my Canvas pattern, all I had to finish was the binding. Seriously. Again, I left it until last night, of the last day in the quarter.
That is the back of the Aqua/Pink one. I made these two quilts to see what happened when mostly the same prints were used but the placement was reversed. I think that maybe the one above - Aqua/Pink looks a little more masculine.
And maybe this one - Pink/Aqua - is a bit more feminine. Anyway, both are suitable for babies, who really don't care much about that sort of thing anyway.
This is the back of the Pink/Aqua one. These baby quilts are 33" square after a good wash and dry.
So for the rest of my Q3 FAL hopes and dreams list, I finished Pointed and you can read about her here.
And I finished my winter scarf, more on it here.
That makes 5 finishes (I listed the two baby quilts as one thing as just the bindings seemed so small) out of 8 hoped for, which for me is an excellent showing this quarter - even if most of it was all done at the last minute because I could not bear to have them not done a minute longer. That is exactly what the FAL is for, after all, right?
I have to rush back to work, see you tomorrow.