FMQ station -
Started in on Devon's Earth Monkeys quilt. This is the UFO of the month, and has been waiting to be quilted for a shamefully long time! When the girls got out of school in 2009, I didn't want them to blow away an entire summer with nothing to show for it. At 17, 15, and 11, they were old enough to make their first quilts. This was Devon's. Truthfully, though, until this year I wouldn't have been comfortable doing the quilting - either with the FMQ or with the issues of the silks in the spinners and the tad extra fullness of the on-point center sewn by a 15yo. So the wait is all good in the end!
That's my plan for the central part. It's meant to flatten down the fullness around the spinners so they'll each stand out. I'd considered trying out some trapunto on them, but I worried that the basting lines would mar the jacquard fabric. So I'm letting quilting density and wool batting do a sort of faux trapunto - hopefully that's what'll happen. ;D The leaves around the spinners coordinate with the bamboo leaves in the silk weaves. Still have no idea what I'll do in the borders. Scratching my head some more on that.
Piecing Station -
Heather's had full use of that machine for a good month. She's been working hard doing the stitching and threadpainting on her dragons, which she can only do on college breaks. Just one last dragon to do and she'll be ready to start the quilting process. This will be the second quilt top she's made, and the first to go beyond the piecing stage. It's also entirely designed and drawn out by her! She's going to trapunto each of the dragons. This whole project fascinates me. :D
Hand Work Station -
Stitching down the binding on Run, Kitty, Run. Can't wait for this finish so I can send it to its person! This binding is taking much longer than usual both because it's harder to stitch on the minky, and - well, you can see for yourself. Lots of joins to invisibly stitch in addition to the corners. Why do I do such things to myself?? ha!
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