Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Back at it!

My blog has been quiet lately as I've been away on vacation in Grenada (lovely island).

Vacation on the beach didn't see much hand work done.  Only two snowflakes were made.  Only 22 more to make for my borders.  More on this later.
The highlight of my vacation was taking a night time excursion to see turtles laying eggs.  Due to the darkness and only red lights could be used, it is hard to see, but the centre of this photo shows eggs.  This Leatherback sea turtle was huge.  It's shell measured 4'9" in length and it's head was massive.  A magical experience.  Other photos were taken, but none of them turned out .... it was just too dark and we could not use a flash to take photos.  No problem as that experience will live with me forever.
Now that I'm home, my studio has seen a flurry of activity.  I'm back to working on this abandoned project that was donated to me.  The strip border blocks are almost done with just one more to make (I did an oopsie).  LOL  This is where I hit a snag.  The strip blocks should measure 5-1/2" square but the blocks that were already made measured 5-1/4" square. This is where creativity stepped in and my side seams on those blocks are 1/8" not the usual 1/4".  After all the blocks were sewn together, each border side strip had to be trimmed down as well.  Is this why the lady gave up on this project?
The other thing that is being done right now is the binding being sewn down on this quilt.  Do you notice anything odd with the border?  That dark blue stripe is not the same navy as in the rail fence blocks.  This quilt sat and sat and sat on a shelf waiting for me to find fabric that matched.  Cream coloured fabric could have been used, but it didn't do anything for the look.   Finally, I just decided to use any solid navy that I could find just to get this quilt done.  There was not enough of the striped fabric to use in the border, so this is how my quilt has gotten to this point.  It will never be in a quilt show, so ...... it is what it is.  I'm sure that my LAer was probably wondering why I did this because I'm so fussy with my tops.  Family descendants will be wondering about this too.  I will leave them guessing!  🐱🐱
Have a great day!


Jennifer said...

The turtle experience would have been amazing - something to remember forever! I like the backing fabric on your striped quilt. Sometimes you have to be a little creative to make things fit, don't you?

julieQ said...

OH how fun!! I know I would never forget the turtle experience either!! I love your creative license...make it do! Waste not want not!

Kyle said...

What an awesome experience with seeing the turtles. The best kind of vacation.

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