The days are getting a little cooler, the garden is just starting to change colour. I love the peaceful quiet of Autumn as the garden goes to sleep and the world around starts to slow down a little bit.
I have been in the sewing room this week working hard on the Roses quilt. I only have the final border to finish and hope to get more done today. While working on this quilt it got me thinking about the journey this quilt has taken me on. I like to take my time on the quilts I make, not rushing through the process. The Roses quilt has been in progress for around about a year now, each step has been a delight. I find sometimes a project needs to smolder away in the back of my mind before the next step in the design comes to mind. (sometimes in the least expected places) It also means that I have more than one quilt in progress at a time. I love to switch between piecing and applique or even a bit of something completely different, giving me a chance to work on a project when the mood takes me. Then somewhere in the final stages the quilt will grab my attention and I just have to work on it until its finished and this is where I am at with the Roses quilt. Do you work on several quilts at a time ? or are you a quilter who works on one quilt at a time until it is finished ? I would love to know what everyone's process is.
The quilting on the Roses quilt is very informal. It is a mix of free motion feathers, circles and spirals randomly placed as I work through the areas in between the applique. Each part of the applique is stitched in the ditch to make it stand out with a fine thread.
A rose flower that has been stitched in the ditch around all parts of the flower.
I randomly freemotion quilted the area around the applique with spirals, feathers and circles.
I decided to quilt straight lines in the Zigzag border area.
Last week we had a scheduled power cut for our area, meaning I could not do any quilting on the Roses quilt. This was the perfect time to pull my fabrics out and sort through them, folding them nicely and organizing them into colour baskets. I have been meaning to resort them for a while now. This was a great way to get reacquainted with my fabrics, finding all those precious fabrics that just make my heart race. Giving me ideas for my next project, another journey! Benny decided that would be fun and he loves to help, I think he secretly wants to be a quilter too.
Benny sitting with the fabric basket wanting to help fold them.
A possessive paw.
He has his tail draped over the fabric while he relaxes.
He hugs the fabrics too.
After they have all been folded he proudly surveys the quality of the job.
Hes exhausted !
Benny loves the Roses quilt !
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