|The photo I worked from is on the left, the untrimmed piece in the middle and my freezer paper cartoons on the right.|
It is brutally cold here right now and no snow to cushion the blow. I feel very very sorry for the poor little snowdrops. They are all in bloom and every morning when I check them, the little blooms are lying right down, heads on the frozen earth! Nature's protections are amazing. Just the simple act of removing a lot of the water from the stem when it is really cold protects the little cells from bursting in the low temperatures. Once the sun warms them up , they stand up tall again. Maybe when the sun warms ME up again, I'll perk up!!
Today, once the daily "chores" are done, I have to layer this little quilt and get it ready for the sewing machine! I have not used my machine for so long that I will be pretty rusty so I'll make up a "junk sandwich" and play quilts on that to loosen me up. BTW! That silly hand is doing well but still stiff and swell-y . IT does alright at Zentangles though. I use those as an exercise to regain control and just for hand exercise. I highly recommend it! VERY Zen and very good training for precision.
So , here is the process for those of you who like the process! The piece IS complete to all intents and purposes. I MAY add bits as I go along but here it is - done- ish! Here are some of the many many little layers that make up this quilt top.
|Look at the little topographic piles of fabric! Wish me luck pinning and quilting this! I do NOT deserve sympathy.|
And begin the layering process. Step one iron the backing fabric, cut it to size and tape it down - wrong side up!-VERY snugly!
|Backing , upside down, taped tightly.|
Then measure cut and press the batting. Place it carefully on top of the backing.
|Batting laid over the taped backing|
And then, add the quilt top and square it up in preparation for pinning the layers.
|The quilt top placed squarely on top of backing and batting|
The pinning begins in the centre and works out to the edges. This was a BEASTLY job because of the thickness of so many little layers but I DID get it fastened together.
|You can see the little PILES of fabric I am pinning through and, eventually QUILTING through! Thumpity thump thump!|
|The pins are all in - now to close them|
Now that the pins are all in and closed up, I'll hang the piece for a while to be sure no pins need moving.
|All done and I treated myself to a nice hot cuppa, and a sit down with the heating pad at my back (DH likes the house cold like a meat locker!!! Summer AND winter!)|
PS, on a silly note- this piece is tentatively called "Bug Lunch" because that is what it was . Fresh Peony Leaf Salad for some chewing beasty or another!
And now, since it IS Wednesday and since I actually HAVE a post written I will send this to the needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com