Sunday, January 17, 2016

on the final stretch

 It's about time I posted some progress on my Bird of Paradise quilt.  I finished the 3rd border sometime ago and attached it but there was a small empty area that I wanted to fill in and I just got that appliqued a couple days ago. 
 I was able to make a reverse pattern from the side border by turning it over and with a rigged up "light box" I traced around the stitching on the back.  Stitching the final border will go quicker I think with a pattern in hand.
 A few closer pictures of the squirrels. 
 Here I added a couple of buds and some leaves to tie the top border together with the now added side border.
 And, since it was laying out on the floor I thought I would look at my progress so far on the final border. There's still a few more leaves and flowers to go but I'm on the home stretch  :0)

I finished a small project this week too.  I've needed a new bag to carry around my handsewing supplies for quite awhile.  The handles on my favorite old bag are in shreds - kind of embarrassing to carry around - people would think I don't know how to sew (or mend)  I haven't switched over yet - the old bag is kind of like an old friend.   Silly me :0)
 I tried a new free motion quilting design.  I was surprised at how easy it went.  It's a bit dense and stiff for a quilt for sleeping under but just fine for a bag.
I should try new things more often...
 
Happy Quilting!!

19 comments:

Sue said...

Your quilt is wonderful and quite an accomplishment.
Sweet bag to for carrying your goodies!!!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Beautiful! I particularly like the peacock tail! So clever.

Cheri said...

I love the church in your CWBQ. Your quilt us so uniquely yours but easily recognized as a CWBQ. Have you seen Corliss Searcey's new pattern she is about to release-another beautiful Classic applique :)

Kyle said...

It was good to hear from you. What marvelous progress on our quilt. You are on the homestretch! Your CWBQ is truly a masterpiece.

tardis said...

Your quilt is just amazing!

Lori said...

Oh my gracious! It is so wonderful to see your work and on the last border! it's a masterpiece!!
Love the bag too:)

Barb said...

yes yes YES~
I was so happy to see your quilt this morning so close to completion. It is such a winner. Love your playful and happy squirrels :)
cute project bag. Nice MQ, really nice.

Cathy said...

Your Bird of Paradise quilt takes my breath away. It is soooo beautiful. Hugs

Teresa Rawson said...

Your borders for CWB are so awesome...I really like the critters! You are so close to being done! I was kind of sad when my CWB was done...there was so much support from the CWB participants that really spurned me on. I miss those days!

Susan said...

You are getting close to a stunning finish. Amazing work.

Every Stitch said...

Oh Janet it looks wonderful!! you have designed a beautiful side border and I like the way it blends around the top corner - looks completely at home!
You will be done any day now :)

scraphappy said...

Sew exciting to be so close to done on such a huge project. Congratulations! Beautiful work.

Sharon said...

Fabulous quilt. And great new bag!
I have the quilt pattern but just haven't had the energy to jump into it. One day............

Carole~Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus said...

Your CWBQ looks gorgeous, I love your border with the squirrels running up one side.

Karen said...

Love the animals on your borders!

Kurt Schindler said...


Simply beautiful. What lovely handwork! You can be proud!

Charlotte

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Those squirrels are too cute! Your bag is so pretty. Love the colors. Small projects are a great place to experiement aren't they?

Dawn said...

Thank you for sharing your progress. I love that you are making the quilt "your own" with custom touches.
The bag is very nice, once you move in and carry it a bit, it too will become like an old friend!
Lovely work!

Nancy said...

Your version of the CWBQ is so lovely . The touches you added to make it your own really add to the pattern,