Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Has Really Arrived!

Greetings from Wisconsin!

I've been catching up on my work for the Hazel Ilene Diary quilt along with Shelly and I've been doing well enough to want to start another quilt in flannel fabrics!

This photo shows my blocks in progress for the flannel version. My friend Deb has been doing hers in some lovely pink and green vintage floral flannel, so I must have one too! It will be a great quilt for snuggling in on the couch in the middle of our Wisconsin winters.

I adore the accuracy of my little vintage Singer featherweight. That little seam gauge makes quite the difference! I also rely heavily on my Perkin's Perfect seam guide for resetting the metal seam gauge after sewing squares into half square triangles.
It is perfect because it has a scant 1/4 inch marked clearly into its surface and it has a tiny hole for the needle to be lined up exactly. It has been especially helpful for the smallest blocks in the Diary Quilt Along. Many of those triangles are quite tiny and they have been pulled under the feed dogs by my good Viking machine. I guess the single needle hole on the featherweight really helps prevent that.

Here's a view of block # 3 just after I sewed on the last corner! I am confident that I'll be able to get block #4 done in 1 or 2 days and be all caught up to the first few steps in the #5 block by the end of the week. This may be possible since I am off work for the school's spring break.

It was time for a walk out to the garden to see how it is shaping up for the spring. In the last 10 days I've been enjoying the purple crocus. Now the day after Easter, my yellow daffodils have started to open.
Stepping stone - before cleaning

Stepping Stone - after a brushdown with bleach and water cleaner
Now I suppose the rest of my stepping stones with the mosaic tiles and glass deserve to be cleaned.

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