Of course I am talking about the Downton Abbey ladies. If you read my post HERE, you'll know I have been inundated with glorious fabrics designed to celebrate the ladies of my favorite TV series, Downton Abbey. I continue to build this quilt, enjoying each and every step.
I finished all the Ohio Star blocks I needed and just love the colours that pop from them. Some of my blocks show strong contrast, while others are softer and more muted, just what I was looking for. After all, the Downton Ladies show both strong wills and shyness and timidity depending upon the situation and the character.
This quilt builds from the centre "Towne Square", so once the Ohio Star blocks were framed on two sides, I started sewing them into rows for the tops and sides.
Luckily, we had a sunny afternoon last week so I could "fly" the top complete with the Ohio Star borders. During that same windy day, my clothesline broke, so until it is fixed, I will use my deck wall as background for my quilts.
Can you tell it was yet another windy day in the Strait area?
The next step is to sew three narrow borders to the top and then begin the outer pieced border that is made of alternating shoo fly and square in a square blocks. I ran out of fabric for my borders so am waiting for the fabric to arrive before I can finish the borders and make the blocks for the outer border.
When I take a break from machine sewing, I often head to my quilting chair in the living room to watch a movie and do a little handwork. Today is a snow day so I plan to spend the afternoon thinking of summer while I finish sewing the binding onto Summer Leaf, my orange peel lap quilt that arrived from the LAQ before Christmas.
This quilt is indeed a scrappy quilt, as you can see, constructed from a multitude of bright fabrics I used for the petals, or leaves, and the combination of a variety of white tone on tone fabrics I used for the setting blocks and border.
I love the quilting design Ange used. I'm using a green daisy print for the binding, bringing everything together like a flower garden! The quilt isn't very big, a good sized cuddle quilt, or maybe a wall hanging, measuring at 48" x 60".
Thanks for coming by on a snowy wintry day in Cape Breton! It's a great day for quilting!