I had a fairly productive weekend once I decided I needed to have a plan to finish up a few things in my UFO pile. It makes one feel good to have a plan!!
I had a big stack of half square triangle left over from a blue/white/yellow pinwheel quilt that I had made a couple of years ago ( it is needing to be layered and quilted) Of course I had enough fabric left to make two more blue/yellow/white quilts -- and a ton of half square triangles. A few months back I started sewing blue and yellow triangles together - having no idea what the final outcome would be.
Yesterday I decided to make a table centre for the table on the deck - nice and summery. The problem with leaving something half finished is when you go back to it you can't really remember what it is you were doing. I discovered as I started sewing it together that I was apparently halfway through squaring up the squares to 3 1/2 inches. So I had to check, measure and square up as I was stitching. But it is together now. I found a nice little piece of blue fabric for a border. It will be quick and easy to spray baste and machine quilt. Nice to have a plan for that pile of block. Now if I can just get the mother quilt done!!
The next thing I decided --- I was going to finish hand quilting the Mariner's Medallion and have it ready to enter in my quilt guild's show in September. There really doesn't have that much left to do on it. The entire centre is quilted - just the top row of stars and the border need to be done. I put it aside because I couldn't decide what design I wanted to quilt in the border. I can't believe it has been sitting for 2 years or so waiting for me to decided what to do about the border.
So I took it out and decided what I would do in the border. I am going to quilt flying geese - like the ones in the middle border all around the outer border. I think that will work well. I was thinking of a big rope design or something but I think the flying geese will be a good look for the quilt. Most of the quilting on it is straight lines and outline quilting. The outer border will end up quite a bit narrower than what it is now. This quilt is a workshop/pattern from M'Liss Rae Hawley that I took in September 2001. I actually have a spot in the house that I want to hang it up - so time to finish it up.
And speaking of geese --- here is a picture of a flock Surf Scoter's ( so says Jim ) that were enjoying the water on the sunny day yesterday -- until some yahoo in a speed boat came by!!