"Contentment" is having a good time up in Pennsylvania! It took a 2nd place ribbon in its category this week at the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster. How fun!
It would be cool to be there with all the quilts...and SNOW. If any of you are going to Lancaster, I would love to have a picture of "Contentment" hanging there. :o)
There is a mess in the quilt cave, which is a good sign. There must be some sewing going on in there.
I am finishing up the outer borders for the crazy "diet" quilt. The bottom border is completely done and soaking in water to get the glue out at this very moment. The rest of the borders are mostly done.
I am thinking that this wordy border will be the outer border. I really don't want to do too much with the borders. I don't want to distract from the applique or message.
I am also getting backings together for three quilts...this one, my Little Treasures top, and the chocolate rabbits. I also have to get the wordy borders done for the second "diet" quilt (I need to finalize a real quilt name).
You know how I love to use my little vintage pattern weights while doing my version of hand applique? Well, they are fabulous, but I have found an additional vintage item that further helps me weight down prepped applique pieces after glue basting...
...these are HEAVY! I found vintage irons that are PERFECT when working on a large border with lots of pieces. I can either use them right on the fabric, or in combination with a ruler to keep everything flat and weighted until my glue baste has dried enough to start stitching.
They are clean, smooth and totally safe to put right on the fabric. At some time, I may put some felt on the bottoms, but I am totally digging them "as is" right now.
Some people decorate with these irons or use them as a door stop. Each one of these cost between $5-6...cheaper than the sets(6) of individual weights I find on Ebay. Both have their purpose.
The irons are easy to find in your local antique or second-hand shop. I've been tripping over them for years and never thought I would have a use for them.
I used to just pile the individual pattern weights on top of each other to achieve the same results.
Thanks for all your great comments and emails. I have missed all of you over the past three months!