Sewing this baby at last!
On our trip south, I collected Mrs R’s contribution to Amistad, so I’ve been able to get behind the sewing machine and make some strides. Her lilacs and teals have provided the foil this quilt needed to prevent it being overwhelmingly, well, pink. It’s still very feminine, floral, fun, frivolous and other words beginning with F, but there’s a tiny bit more depth to it now. I have the first two rows sewn. Tomorrow I hope to get the next three done. After that, it’s sewing the rows together and then the top is done. I should have a Friday Finish to show you.
As I work on it, I’m revisiting my original ideas for the quilting. The large floral patches were originally going to have the flowers and shapes outlined, and the 9-patch blocks would have a spiral radiating out from the centre square. I’m beginning to think it’s all too busy for that, and what is needed is something plain, severe and formal, which will add depth but recede. I reckon I’m going to revert to my classic fall-back, cross hatching. Widely spaced in the large squares, closer in the 9-patches to give some textural differentiation. And definitely lilac binding. The backing will be whatever I can find in wideback that works. Cream, pale green, pale yellow. Not pink. There’s altogether too much of that already. Failing wideback, I’ll go for some simple print without direction so I can fling it together. I don’t find the backs of quilts interesting unless they serve to show off the quilting.
I lost an hour or so of sewing time this afternoon, when the power company came by to fit new electricity meters following the installation of our solar panels. It’s nice to see the arrow going backwards, indicating we’re importing power into the grid. But I wish I had that time back.
The light’s going in my sewing room, and it’s time for the work lamp and some hand stitching.