All this means that work in the sewing room is almost at a standstill. The last thing I want to do is turn on the iron. It is amazing how quickly an iron can send the temperature in the room skyrocketing. So much for the applique prep I planned to do. So much for making binding. At 10:30 last night it finally cooled off enough for me to tolerate fabric on my lap, so I started quilting another quilt. Thursday night I finished quilting the fourth quilt this month, but binding will just have to wait, as it is 95 degrees upstairs in the room where my Pfaff and its walking foot live.
So, while I wait for the temperatures to revert to normal, I'll just post some pictures. The first is the quilt I just finished quilting. Instead of an all-over grid, I did a background grid with applique details quilted. The curving quilting on the flag gives the illusion of movement. I'm amazed how quickly I finished this. The border quilting isn't white - I've not yet sponged off the chalk.
Visiting the three quilt shops in Bend, Oregon was a highlight of our camping trip last week. I started my stash of batiks in anticipation of combining them with reproductions for the "Edyta Sitar" look.
I also purchased a nice selection of beautiful hand dyed Prescentia "Finca" threads, something I've wanted for some time. I'm using them to hand quilt the small quilt started last night.
On Thursday I kept my friend Kim company on a trip north to "Momma Made It" - our favorite quilt shop in Longview Washington. Of course I took advantage of the opportunity to fill a couple holes in my stash, and add to my growing batik collection. Sharon, the owner, has added batiks to the reproduction fabrics that are the backbone of her shop offerings. I can tell right now - it is going to be hard to keep track of what batiks I've already purchased so I don't duplicate any on future quilt shop trips.
I see a blue quilt in my future with either sashings or alternate setting squares of cheddar - I'm just not sure what quilt block I want to base it on.