As I sit with my morning cup of Tea, outside the house, I can see through the window that we are totally surrounded by a sea of fog. Drifted in during the early morning, I can see two Blackbirds feeding on the lawn looking for worms and other such delights. With Rosie on my knee and Benny beside me on the couch. Both cleaning their paws from their early morning jaunts, perfect peace. My mind is full of design ideas for my latest quilt I am currently working on called 'Roses'. This quilt has me hooked, I can't seem to think of anything else, this is the curse of a creative. It wakes me up early calling me to come and work on it, anything else I have to do is such an interruption. I find it hard to drag myself away to do the mundane necessary things, like eating and sleeping, let alone book work. I know my husband secretly thinks I'm crazy.
I am not in a hurry to get to the finish line with this quilt, I love the whole process, every step and stitch. This week has had me finding the perfect fabric for the birds, I have used a window to get the perfect area of the fabric to make the birds look their best. Trying many different fabrics, I now have more birds than I need and some to set aside for another quilt. This is usually the case in many of my applique quilts, so I have a little pile of orphan pieces waiting for the perfect quilt to be stitched into.
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It's been such a long time since I posted, I am going to start today off with a post about the Zig-Zag border I am making for my Roses quilt.
There are many ways to make a Zig-Zag border, I have chosen to use half square triangles.
Here's how it works.
I cut 2 1/2 inch strips from a dark print and a light print then matched the light and dark print fabrics with right sides facing. I used a half square triangle ruler to cut out the pieces. Taking them to the sewing machine and sewing them together with a 1/4 inch seam. I like this method, it's fast and requires very little trimming.