11.18 A little this, a little that
Last night I had errands to run after work, so by the time I got home all I wanted to do was eat leftovers and snuggle with the furry girls. They were reluctant…..okay, not really. They actually bitched until I did sit down and comply. And when I started nodding off in my chair about 8:15, I left Jon to watch one of his (silly) shows and went to bed. All this really means is that I didn’t even turn the light on in my sewing room last night.
Tonight was much better. I stitched the binding on Beth’s quilt (with a little help), and since the backing for Diana’s is still en route, I decided to quilt the Mini Irish Chain. While this quilt is 1/20th the size of Beth or Diana’s quilts (yes, I did the math), mini quilts have their own challenges.
Assuming it’s more for display than function (although it would make a great doll quilt), the humble meander didn’t seem to do much for it. But a mini quilt is….well, mini. Filling up a square with a feathered wreath when the square is only 3″ (and you’re not that good at feathered wreaths) is just asking for trouble. I searched Flickr and studied full-size Irish Chain quilts. I saw trapunto and McTavishing and beautiful Orange Peel designs, none of which would translate easily into that petite (pesky) 3″. I sketched out a simple ribbon wreath, but the scale was so small it looked more like scribble. Hearts? Not so much. Rosebuds? Maybe.
Then I remembered: little feather fronds, the kind I doodle just off the edges of a quilt when I’m adjusting tension or just need to warm up? The ones I wish I could do larger and still look nice? That I can do.
Back for more fun tomorrow!