Since I returned from my daughter's wedding/adventures out West, I have been reintroducing myself to my sewing corner and I am determined to stay there until I finish Darlene's Mystery quilt!
Fellow Nova Scotian blogger Darlene, who blogs at Quilts by Darlene, offered us a free 7-part Mystery Quiltalong. She started us off in January with a scrappy snowball centre and I was hooked! The final instructions were published on her blog in early August. I followed along pretty faithfully 'till the summer, and then because I was a little busy (!), I put the quilt on hold until I could devote some more time to it.
Now I'm back and ready to roll! I do leave my sewing corner to eat and sleep and shop and visit and socialize and do some hand quilting, but when I'm not doing any of that, I am sewing, sewing, sewing! My sewing time has paid off...I have finished Part 6!
Part 6 included two narrow borders, a checkerboard, and a 3.5" border. This entire quilt has been made from my very scrappy stash. I keep strips of fabrics in these labeled coffee cans...
When it's time to sew, I dump out the scraps on my ironing board...
I grab my iron, and and in no time at all, I have a variety of strips ready to cut.
I tried to stay with basic colours-reds, browns, blues, golds, and greens, with a variety of lights that I used for the checkerboards.
This quilt is the largest quilt I have ever made! Right now, without the final borders, the quilt is about 80" x 90". It should easily cover a queen bed when I finish the 5.5" borders.
I have made a pretty good start on the final border in Part 7. The braided borders are made using 2"x5" units...so I went back to my scraps and cut 320 little pieces, color coordinating them just a tad!.
I am on my third day of sewing the braids together.I am sewing all four lengths at the same time, with a "leader and ender" layer cake quilt being pieced in between. Will tell you more about that at a later date! Let's get back to the braids...three days later and I now have approximately 200" of braids done, which means I am a little over half done.
The braids are really fun to sew, not hard at all, so I will continue to sew them and watch movies on my iPad at the same time.
I am getting so close to the finish! This is a quilt that I am so proud of...one that I would never have attempted without Darlene dividing it up in little segments for us. Thanks so much, Darlene, hopefully I'll have a finish in the next week or two. Then I'll have to figure out how to get it machine quilted...this one will not be hand quilted because it would take me a decade to do it!
To the lovely lady from Ontario who reads my blog...thank you for visiting the Artisans Collective shop in July and asking for me! I missed your visit on that day, July 19, but was thrilled to hear that someone was in to see me. Maybe you'll be back to visit next year?
Before I go, would you please join me in sending prayers and positive thoughts for a quick recovery to Nova Scotian blog friend Kaaren? Kaaren blogs at The Painted Quilt and shared her "More Lemons" story HERE. Please visit her and leave a comment if you can. She has a lot of time on her hands while she is recovering and we sure want her well as soon as possible so she can continue to amaze us with her prolific quilting and amazing projects. Be well, Kaaren!
It's a great day for quilting!