Thursday, February 4, 2016
This is not the best photo, but my quilt holder is incapacitated at present with recovery from total knee replacement #1. There have been some setbacks involving that surgery, which accounts for my not posting for quite a while. The top is draped over the baby grand piano in the living room. It's the largest piece of furniture and it nearly touches the floor on both sides. When things settle down here enough that I can get two uninterrupted minutes at a time to sew, the back will be pieced and Allietare will go to the longarm quilter for completion. At present I am planning on taking a stab at the scalloped border. To see the final reveal of others who made Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Winter Mystery Quilt, Allietare, click here.
I have been working sporadically on Octo, a paper-pieced quilt by the modern quilter, Brigitte Heitland. I am a fairly proficient paper piecer, but right off the bat I ran into problems. Finally I figured it out. The template pieces have not been reversed, causing all kinds of %#*&! words to be uttered in my sewing room. Since the two patterns are mirror images of each other, once I realized what the issue was, things went smoothly. In the photo the pieces are in no particular order. I just am putting them up on the design wall as I go to have a place where the cats won't sleep on them. The pieces with gray patches in them will be distributed far more sparsely throughout the quilt, which consists of 16 of the squares pictured on the left side of the photo.