#20 was a top ready for quilting. I pondered how to quilt it, and finally made a plan, so I layered it- it had enough of the border fabric folded up with it for backing and binding!
I started quilting it, but time with the grandchildren takes priority and I didn't quite finish. I'll probably finish it since I'm so close.
Here's a detail of the quilting so far. The green spots will get a viney floral spray with curlicues/ spirals as a filler if needed. The border will probably just be a loopy thing I've heard called lele quilting because it looks like a cursive lower case L and E combined. (It's in between the wormy bits here)
So, this month's numbers are 7 and 24.
Ever hopeful it's something I can finish quickly, Martha goes to list and discovers both of these are kits (Fabric in a bag with the pattern) from long ago.
#7 is part of a calendar quilt series of kits I signed up for way back when. Not sure why- kits are never made using Martha fabrics, but I guess the samples in the store really appealed to me. It's a snap quilt- you make a background quilt and just snap a new center on for each occasion.
The kits are all in a bag and at first I thought I'd just grab a random one. But if I get it finished this month, I can use this one in March. What about the background quilt, you ask? That was the first kit, and I actually did some work on that, so it has its own number on the list.
#24 uses a pattern called Panel Panache (click on the smaller picture, the one they have as the main one is hideous and I'd never have bought the pattern for that!- actually the sample the shop owner had was even better!)
I was using the one pansy fabric as my focus, so it's pink and purple. I'm sure that's why I never made it. But it makes up into a nice size for donation. So I'm hoping to get the top pieced this month.
The other day I wanted to do something quick and easy to accomplish in a short time. So I got out the "curious creatures" book I used a while back, and made a larger creature.
I've been reviewing the things on this list for things I can do to feel like I am doing something! This whole situation has me feeling powerless. But learning a few facts about causes I care about is something I can do. Dropping an email to my congressman or state representatives is something I can do. If you want things to change, do what you can!
I am grateful for:
Triple A, and a warm place to wait.
When Jonathan sits with me and cuddles.
The DVR and DVDs
I think I have my data usage issues under control at last. (I hope!)
Fresh brownies, warm and gooey!