May the colors of your life be bright and the threads in your life be strong.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
A Star in the Making
Every year I try to make a heirloom quilt. I design it sew it, hand quilt it, then draw a family members name to receive it.
While the concept begins long before the last one is done. The actual design sketch & building of it starts in January.......... usually..............
This year I started July 27 during the Olympics. I had a several 14 hr days sewing madly to get this concept from my head to assembled top !
I was fortified with Dew, the TV clicker was handy at my side,,,,,
The phone clicker wasn't far away either.... I made a Big Mess !!
I got the top side assembled !! with about 104 hrs stitching.......
Tim hid out a few of those days................. xox :}
He did some cooking. some runs to the grocery store, .. some bike rides.... and some wood projects. Here He has the basting table ready to set up in the basement ! yae!
... before basting it needs to have quilt lines marked. A good week was spent cruising the net for ideas, sketching, running to Staples to enlarge a thumb print design up to 30 inches..,,
and a night spent cutting the design stencil with a razor blade. ( reminders of cutting rubylith LOOONNNGGG time ago)
I tried out 6 different brands of marking tool$ & tracing paper$ , ending up with a $3 white pencil..
after 3 days of marking so very carefully. We went down stairs to baste it !
and today Sept 6 2012 its now on the frame up stairs !!
Now all we have to do is sit there 200 hrs or so. stitching 6-7 stitches per inch, by hand, with miles of thread, .
................... to get done by Christmas??........... and a Star is born.