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Monday, July 15, 2019

Neutral String Quilt–finished

After working steadily on my cot sized string quilt over the weekend, I’m pleased that I finished stitching the binding down last evening (Sunday).  A couple of days ago I took it outside and pinned the layers together ready for machine quilting.  The winter weather was pleasant enough to sit outside under cover and use the patio table for this job.

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Getting the safety pins in place

Over the weekend we had atrocious weather, thunder and lightning, strong wind and heavy rain.  At the first clap on thunder Gemma took off, she really doesn’t like loud noises.  After searching for her in her favourite hidey-holes to no avail, we eventually found her tucked away in the wardrobe in my sewing room.  Here she is inside a plastic crate which houses a couple of  UFOs and a  variety of nine patch blocks I’d made ages ago – must do something with those one day soon.  I’d obviously left the lid of the crate last time I rummaged around inside it.

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Hiding from the thunder

She was happy to snooze in the wardrobe and keep an eye on me while I sat at the sewing machine.  Finishing off the machine quilting and then attached the  scrappy bright pink  binding.  I had some strips of this colour left over from my Soul Searching quilt, so just had to cut a few more to give me enough length.

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Attaching the binding

Then I sat and hand stitched the binding down in front of the TV later that evening.  Gemma insisted on laying stretched out on my lap so I had to work around her.  She really is quite a loving cat and likes to keep close to both of us.

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The last step, hand sewing the binding

This morning the weather had cleared so I went outside for a couple of photos.  This quilt will be donated to Foster Hope Charity, for children in foster care.  With even more neutral string blocks tucked away, enough for another child’s quilt or two, I’ve been checking the internet for ideas of how else to use up these blocks.   Has anyone got a great idea I might use?  These blocks have a lot of girly prints like flowers and hearts so they are more suitable for a girl.   Even though this project is finished, I’ll be leaving the string blocks on my list of six to use some more up when dice number one is rolled again.

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Ready for a new home

But there will be no rolling the dice this week - I’ll be out of action for a couple of days with a hospital procedure.  I’ll use the rest of the week to hopefully complete my wooly winter cardigan, and work on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks.  And whatever else takes my fancy, I’m sure I’ll find plenty to keep me occupied.


18 comments:

Kathy S. said...

Poor Gemma! Glad she found a nice place to hide until the storm went away. I love the pink binding on the low volume quilt. It frames it beautifully.

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

hope all goes well with your procedure and you will be back to stitching in no time at all. I think I have a couple of those pinks you show in your binding. Cute kitty!

Tired Teacher said...

Gemma is so sweet on your lap. I once had a dog that was terrified of thunder, so I can understand why Gemma hid in the wardrobe.

Michelle Ridgway said...

I love your quilt. Poor Gemma...storms can be frightening for animals. Wishing you all the best for your procedure Jenny xx

HEATHER B said...

Lovely to see you and Gemma keeping each other company while finishing off the very pretty quilt. All the best with the medical appointments. You look pretty in pink to match the binding. xx heather

Quilter Kathy said...

Such a lovely finish! Congratulations on finishing this quilt!
And such a good idea to take a photo of you so you can remember snuggling with Gemma and stitching your binding :)

Sue Rostron said...

Wishing you quick recovery. Love the string blocks.

Judith nb Serena said...

Beautiful quilt, any child will be thrill to receive it. Love Gemma, many years ago my sister had the same breed of cat called Bilbo Baggins, they are beautiful. Hope all goes well for your procedure and you'll soon feel up to stitching again.
Judith nb Serena.

Sheryl said...

Hi Jenny wow I love the quilt and the pink binding just pops ,well done on your beautiful finish.
Oh poor Gemma,must admit loud noises frighten me too,lol xx

Julierose said...

What a lovely finish on that low volume--just beautiful work! good luck on your procedure--sending good thoughts to you hugs, Julierose

CathieJ said...

Best wishes that all goes well with your hospital procedure. That quilt is very pretty. As for the rest of the string blocks, what about using some sashing in between them for a different look for another quilt.

Janice said...

The finished quilt looks great. I do love that your top coordinated with the binding you were sewing down. Gemma looks quite settled beside you. I’m glad she found a nice safe nest to hide in during the storm. Take it easy after your procedure. I hope it all goes well.

Maria said...

Poor Gemma, so good she found a nice hidey hole while it was so stormy.
Love your Neutral String Quilt , great backing and the binding really looks great. I think you could make another quilt like that one...
All the best for your procedure. 🤗

Lyndsey said...

I love the quilt, it is really pretty. Picasso our cat loves thunder and lightening and will sit and watch it but Scamp our Yorkie hates it and cuddles up close.

loulee said...

What a lovely quilt, so scrappy and pretty.
It is a worry when the fur babies get a scare, I see Gemma recovered quickly though.

Karen S said...

I am back and catching up. Lovely to see this UFO turn into a finish. Love the gorgeous pink you have used for the binding. I hope Gemma is now okay after the storms.

JanineMarie said...

I can’t think of a more comforting place to hide from thunder (or any other scary things) than in a sewing room. I love your low volume strings. I will need to study the quilt close up. I have a lot of multicolor and lower volume scraps, but have not been brave enough to try to use them. Your quilt is inspiring.

Connie said...

Love your quilt, the fabric colors are so soothing and the pattern is lovely. I also love the photo of you and your quilting buddy . . . how sweet is that :)