It's been a long time since I've blogged about the quilt I've been planning for our living room. It's called Black Magic and is comprised of two different blocks combined for spectacular effect. This quilt has been more than a year and a half in the making and I'm so happy to be quilting again. Now that my setup is working, I am dedicating Tuesdays, which I always have off, to the art of my quilting. I won't guarantee that I will always have great pictures, because much of the process is that assembly line I talked about a few posts ago. Yesterday, for instance, I spent much of my quilting time pressing pieces that had already been assembled, and sewing together small units. The top block contains 45 individual pieces of fabric, all of which need to be assembled into smaller bits to work together in the block. The bottom block is somewhat easier, comprising only 19 pieces. So while I only completed one full block (one of the easier ones) yesterday, I made some major progress in the piecing of the smaller units, meaning that the next time I sit down to sew I can probably finish another few blocks easily. All in all there will be 13 of the top block and 12 of the bottom block. Knowing that winter is fast approaching and that the temperature will soon drop, we need a cozy quilt for curling up under while knitting and watching TV.
I did, however, make more than major progress on Boo's Quilt. I finished the top! I cut the borders and applied them. I was a bit worried about the mitered corners of the inner border, but I am very pleased with the way they turned out.
Here's the whole thing laid out on my bed. I love the way the framing around the focal squares really jumps out in contrast to the background. I need to find a nice strong pink fabric for the binding and I'll probably choose a soft pink flannel for the backing. So close! Now I just need to decide if I'm going to quilt it myself or send it off to someone else to do it. Decisions, decisions.
Despite the excitement of the earthquake last night, Rob, Kevin C., Robin, Britta, Juanita, my Kevin, and I converged on Homestead Lanes for $2 Tuesday Night Bowling. We had a fabulous time. Britta and I bowl erratically, but we laughed as our balls rolled down the gutter and we each bowled the occasional spare. Robin was on fire, especially in the last game. Kevin and Rob were consistent. Kevin C. and Juanita were the cheerleading squad, both benched due to injury. Next time, guys! I never pictured myself as a bowler, but this is a lot of fun, our monthly bowling madness.