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Thursday, July 12, 2018

It’s Thursday already

I can’t believe it is Thursday already, another week almost done and dusted.  So just what have I been doing all week?  On Monday I had my preserving pan bubbling away on the stove top.  Robin’s brother Gary had called around with a bag of windfall oranges – would we like them?  Of course, I prepared the fruit, added several limes, and now we have a nice little supply of orange and lime marmalade.  There’s nothing better than homemade, I always think.  The excess oranges have been juiced and enjoyed at breakfast.

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A lovely batch of marmalade

Tuesday morning was spent with the Sew Wot ladies, grocery shopping was on Wednesday morning, and then I finally got to sit and sew.  After it’s service, my Bernina just hummed along.  Remember this?  The dice brought up number 3 this week, the cot sized kite quilt.  It was all ready layered and pinned, just waiting for the next step.

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First of all I stitched in the ditch around each block, to keep it all secure.  Then debated how to quilt each block, finally decided to quilt three straight lines through the kite, and a wavy serpentine stitch through the tail, to mimic it fluttering in the wind.  Repeat 12 times for each kite.

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Now, what about those empty spaces?  Perhaps a meander, but I often feel intimidated by free motion quilting.  I've decided to continue with straight line walking foot quilting, and will be doing this next stage tomorrow.

9 comments:

Nancy J said...

Between the marmalade and the kites you have been so busy. Any time to catch up with Tennis, World Cup,or the "Impossible Mission",The more we see of the rescue, the more amazing it has been,. What a wonderful glorious result, tinged with sadness.

Maria said...

You sure have been very busy this week.
Really like the way you are quilting the kites....

Kate said...

Such satisfying accomplishments this week, Jenny. The quilt is adorable and your marmalade looks delicious.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I think straight line with the walking foot will be great - I actually think a lot of people prefer that to free motion - straight lines usually go with a pattern and enhance it -- lucky on those oranges

Tired Teacher said...

Homemade marmalade, jam, or jelly is THE best. The ones available commercially seem tasteless compared to homemade. Enjoy!

Julierose said...

Oh I don't even try free motion at all--I like using my walking foot--that's enough of a challenge for me these days...just getting it on and off!! ;000
Hugs, Julierose

Jenny said...

Thank you all for your nice comments, much appreciated. I'm trying hard to get this finished this week, so fingers crossed. Then I can take this UFO off my list and put another in it's place. That's the plan, anyway.

Janice said...

That marmalade looks delicious. So much nicer making preserves in the winter rather than the usual cooking in sweltering heat. What a great idea using the serpentine stitch in the kite tails. I’m sure you will come up with a good idea for the rest of the blocks.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Great quilting, Jenny but I am most envious of your homemade marmalade. I love marmalade in all its forms. I have a bottle of ginger in the fridge these days.