Cherry Limeaid and Blueberry Pie

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I started this quilt in 2014. It’s been pieced for awhile now, but I struggled with how to quilt it — spent a fair bit of time over the Christmas holidays ripping out a bunch, and then I went to town. I was really sick of it by the time I finished it up Thursday night.

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It’s a big quilt, 103 by 103. It was mostly pieced, at least to start, on my Featherweight. It’s not perfect, my quilts never are, but it’s now finished. Well, almost. Needs a binding, but in my lizard brain, when the quilting is done, that’s pretty much it.

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You can’t really see anything on the back, it’s a pretty busy fabric.

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Honestly, the whole thing is so busy, it’s a little hard to get a good picture of the quilting.

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The quilting is all freehand. I was not 100% happy with how it went, I had to think pretty hard about where I was going with those big swirled spines, and wasn’t always happy with how they ended up. I would have probably been smart to have marked those as I went along. I got better as I went, though.

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The thread is a lavender, it’s Arc poly. Very shiny, very pretty. Lavender Bottom Line in the bobbin. I ran out of the top thread with just the bottom 10 inches to go. I substituted a lighter lavender to finish it up. I thought it looked extremely obvious, but once it’s washed, I’m sure I’m the only one that will know. Well, and everyone else that’s reading this post, I guess…..

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The batting is….miscellaneous bits of what I think is all 80/20 cotton/poly. I had one large piece and then just laid in new pieces to fill it out. I think there’s enough quilting to hold it all together.

I’m going to go back and tag all of the posts about the piecing of this with the name, so that those of you interested in that sort of thing can see the progression from a stack of fabric to a finished quilt. As I was looking through, I was reminded of when I went to the fabric store to buy some stuff to supplement my stash. Another lady was buying the same colors as I, and made some comment about making a quilt called “cherry limeaid” for her granddaughter. It was very clear that she wasn’t crazy about the color combo, which I thought was funny at the time, since I was actually wearing lime green and bright pink and had all of those colors in my cart, too.

(Link to all of the posts)

Thus, the name of the quilt: Cherry Limeaid and Blueberry Pie. I couldn’t just call it Cherry Limeaid, so I went looking for names of drinks that are blue…….and liked the sound of something called Blueberry Pie (a blue cocktail made from blueberry schnapps, vanilla liqueur, blue curacao and half-and-half, and served in a chilled cocktail glass.)

Now, to decide whether I’m going to (a) put the binding on this quilt, (b) get ready to quilt something else, or (c) take a nap.

Work In Progress Wednesday {Week 7}

Mostly the progress around here was the Helix quilt, but I did get some sewing done on the project that I abandoned to work on Helix:

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You sew and sew and sew and sew and….you think you must have a million blocks. But then you count and find out that when you put all of these parts together you’ll still only have 32 blocks, which seems like a lot, until you remember that you are aiming for a total of 121 blocks. Which makes you kind of doubt your sanity.

Work in Progress Wednesday {Week 2}

IMG_7733Last week’s pile of fabric has turned into…lots of piles of little fabric pieces. I’ve almost gotten to the point where I’m sick of cutting, and I’ll start sewing. It will take awhile to piece all of this, so this project will probably show up in Work in Progress posts for quite awhile. In the meantime, I’ll probably decide I need to start about 10 other projects.

My shawl from last week doesn’t look a whole lot different. I have made progress, though, and look forward to getting past the beading section. I wanted to take some knitting to basketball last night, but didn’t have anything that was mindless and easy and travel-friendly. Beaded shawls do not fit that bill!

 

 

She has great taste

I had to go get groceries, and while I was out, I did some shopping for fabric, to add some additional variety for my pinks, blues, and greens. (Yes, I have hundreds of yards of fabric in my sewing room, but somehow I don’t even enough of the colors that I need…)

While I was picking things out, another customer and I were doing the “excuse me, can I get past you” dance as we traded places back and forth looking at different sections. Every time she went past me, I noticed that she was picking out the same shades of pinks and greens that I was, which I thought was kind of funny.

When we were waiting in line to get our yardage cut, I asked her what she was making with her pinks and greens. She sighed and rolled her eyes a bit, as she pulled out a magazine and showed me a super cute quilt that was all bright pinks and lime greens, I think the quilt was called Cherry Limeaide, but I didn’t catch the name of the magazine.

“It’s for my granddaughter,” she said.

I said “cute,” but she continued:

“I don’t really care for the pinks and greens, but she likes it, so…” and she shrugged. There’s no accounting for some people’s taste, apparently.

I just realized that I am, and was at the time, wearing a lime green sweatshirt with pink lettering, and, of course, had a fairly significant quantity of lime green and pink in MY shopping basket.

I just shrugged my shoulders and grinned at her.

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