Still piecing away, almost down to the last block. Here are blocks 7 & 8, on the design wall in pieces, waiting to get assembled. Again, where you see a solid color, it is really just a print of very small dots.
I should have the blocks done by tomorrow, then there’s the sashing (easy) and decision on the borders. I would like to make it fit for a king size, something like 100×100. I’ll need to add about a 10-12 inch border around the quilt for that. Still thinking about utilizing the remaining fat quarters from my bundle of Happy Go Lucky that I didn’t use in the blocks to add in some flying geese units in the opposing corners. Add a little more interest and personal touch.
Another personal touch I want to add is some embroidery in the center square of the center block. Since I’m giving this as a wedding present, I thought putting their names and wedding date would be nice. I was inspired from this post by Pretty by hand blogger, Kristyne Czepuryk, to download a font I like and use that as my template. Take a peak at her post here, where she offers an Embroidered Signature Block tutorial.
My personal handwriting is, and has always been, terrible. My hand actually starts to cramp now if I write more than a few paragraphs in long hand. That’s how little I write anymore. I learned how to type in high school, even won a couple of awards at UIL for speed – so there was never any struggle to transition to a computer world for me. Every person in high school should learn how to type properly. Invaluable.
I digress. I am shamelessly stealing the same font idea from Kristyne and using Stalemate for the wedding block. I’m not crazy about the “B” letter – I might play with it a bit before I commit to the ink. The fonts are available as free downloads through this website – 1001 Fonts. I had also downloaded Tangerine, Sacramento and Adine. But Kristyne had the right selection already – Stalemate.
I went through my limited stash of embroidery thread. Most of which I picked up in a clearance opportunity at my local quilt shop, but I also had ordered a range of colors by COSMOS floss. None of which matched my fabric. None of it.
Guess that means I have to go shopping. I have to go. I am forced to go shopping. Plus – I have a coupon for Joann Fabrics! Love that!
Selected a variety of colors, in case I wanted to embellish a little in the block. I’m likely to use the darkest navy color for the lettering.
While at Joann’s, I also found this book that I couldn’t pass up.
Not only did I have a coupon for 10% off everything … the quilt books were 40% off also! I love looking at English Paper Piecing (EPP) projects and there was this one in the book that caught my eye in particular. I still have near the top of my list to make a little tablecloth for my daughters kid-size table. Something she could use for her tea parties. I already have the perfect fabric, and I have some patterns that I have considered – but I might have to add in some EPP to make it even more special. Those are little hexagon diamonds in between the butterflies.
So – that leaves me with one complete block to go, with embroidery. Sashing, borders and piecing a quilt back. I have asked Linh of Elvy Crafts blog and LiMa Sews to do my longarm quilting. I have her on reserve for next week! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together! No more updates on this quilt until the BIG REVEAL!
Thanks for stopping by this weekend – I hope you are enjoying it wherever you are!