Spring/Life’s Alive–Finished!

I received my quilt back from the quilter and stitched on the binding.  Foyle’s War, Season Three, was my visual entertainment while I stitched it down.  I’ve been using it on my bed at night, and it works really well.  The flannel backing keeps it anchored on my bed at night and the lighter weight is perfect for this transitional spring season.

Standard-Rolled-Up-Quilt Shot

Spring Is Sprung

Spring’s here, and in Southern California that means hot weather has arrived–like in the 80s and 90s.  So it’s  perfect day to get a call from my quilter. . .

. . . telling me that my Spring/Life’s Alive quilt is all done.  This is Cathy of CJ Designs and yes, she’s does mail order and best of all–she’s good and gets things done in a timely fashion. (Leave me a comment if you want her contact info.)  The pattern we chose was “Calm Water” for the quilting, and I thought it turned out really well.  Here’s some candids of Miss Quilt:

You can really see the quilting pattern there on the flannel backing.

Okay, that’s all until I get the binding on.  I may sleep under it tonight, binding or no binding, because even though the days are warm, the nights are still cool-ish and the window fan blows the cool air in from outside all night long. It’s how I’ve managed to enjoy living here, an hour east of Los Angeles.  While we still have really hot summers out here, the ocean air floods inland in the evening, cooling things down.  We rarely run our A/C at night, unlike the time I lived in Texas, where it ran clock-round for months of the year. My hat is off to you Texans.

Spring also means our Silk Oak Tree gets orangey-yellow new growth on it.  The little teeny tiny birds LOVE this stuff, and they snuggle deep into the strange-looking blossoms and wiggle around.  I wonder what they smell (I can’t smell anything, but the color is certainly neon-ish).

It also means I just spent a weekend grading research papers from my English Comp class.  For some sample lines from the papers that made me weep, I’ve put up a post *here*.

Happy Spring!

Spring Quilt

After working on the bold colors and patterns of Come A-Round, I have to say that this was a big change, fabric-wise.  As I mentioned, I’m using the line Sunkissed, and it is predominantly soft soft soft in both coloration and value.  What pulled me in was all the text that revolves around gardens and planting and Spring Life.  (Ooh!  Is that a title edging its way into existence?  We’ll see.)  A bit of the green fabric, above.

Here’s the stack of blocks, ready to sew. This quilt goes together very quickly.  The center block is cut 4 1/2″ square to yield a 4″-center when sewn.  The first strip is cut 2″ by 4 1/2″ that sews down to 1 1/2″ finished width, and the second and third “logs” are the same size: cut 2″ by 6″.  The block finishes up at 7 1/2″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide, and when sewn into the quilt–7 by 5.  I used a 10 by 10 grid because I like my lap quilts a little on the long side so I can tuck them under my feet when I’m watching something like Downtown Abbey or Doc Martin (BBC-TV).

I threw them up on the pin wall, then fussed at them for a couple of days, moving a few here and a few there.  The centers of my blocks look the same, but in one fabric the writing is grey and in the other fabric, the writing is green–a little variation that I tried to spread throughout the quilt.

I still have my featherweight machine out.  I think it looks like a little toy.  I love it.

While I pieced the blocks together while listening to our church’s conference, I sewed the quilt together while listening to The Tiger’s Wife, by Tea Obreht. I’m glad I have more sewing today, because this is one intriguing novel–can hardly wait to see how it all comes out.  My mother’s listening to it as well (although she’s ahead of me and almost done), and then we compare notes and talk about the novel.  This is our fifth novel to do this way.  Others we’ve listening to and enjoyed are What About The Daughter, The Help, All Things Fall Apart, and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

It’s up on the pinwall–all done.  I like to drape my quilts over the stairwell and look at them there, as well:

And a close-up, for their starlet portfolio: