It’s been a few days…

or more.  Not exactly sure at times how much time has passed between postings.  I’ve been dinking around on Facebook a lot.  If you’ve not checked out my Facebook page ‘Top to Bottom Custom Quilting’ then go for it.  Become a Fan!

Six days ago it was nearly 100 degrees out.  Today it’s a whopping 69!!  Washington!!  I’m thankful that I don’t live in a state that is hot and humid all day, every day, all summer long.  The variety that Washington provides is a, well, breath of fresh air.  Literally today!

During the hot weather quilting became an impossibility.  We don’t have air conditioning in our house so we went to my parents house and stayed with them for two days.  It was a welcome relief.  The first day I would sew until goose bumps appeared on my arms and my feet were icicles then I would grab my book and sit in the sauna until I started to break a sweat.  Then back inside to the sewing machine.  I got a lot done!

You Are My Sunshine!

You Are My Sunshine!

The photos not very good.  Sorry about that.  Overcast today and I don’t have a place to hang it outside.  There’s one more row left and then I’ll be able to finish the stars, add the borders and quilt it.  Should be ready for Innovations.

As far as quilting goes I had what I call The Tropical Quilt on the frame for a week.  It was not hard to quilt but seemed like it when every movement meant sweating!

My customer asked me to outline the flowers and do something in the borders or sashings but maybe leaving the black alone.  I told her that the black border was too big and I would come up with something.

The Tropical Quilt

The Tropical Quilt

So I did a medium sized stipple in the yellow border and sashings with thread to match.  Outlining the flowers seemed like an easy thing to do but the flowers had a thin white outline so I knew that outlining with white thread was going to be a challenge.  My solution?  Run the black thread, in the black areas just outside the flowers.

Orange Flower

Orange Flower

This flower I ran veins along the petal.

As for the large black border…I came up with a brilliant idea.  Bamboo!!  I pulled up pictures of bamboo off the internet.  Then, using the Miracle Chalk Chubby Crayon, I drew the bamboo on the black border.  Free handing the bamboo was kind of fun.  Here’s the black border:

Bamboo Border

Bamboo Border

Here’s what the bamboo looks like on the back of the quilt.

Bottom Border

Bottom Border

Left Border

Left Border

So there you go.  The fruits of my labors over the last week or so.  Right now I’ve got an American Hero Quilt on the frame.  Should have it done in the next day or so!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a Happy Quilting Day!

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