I have had the best time quilting (of course!) this past weekend at Stitch 'n Sisters club. I worked on a new pattern that we have the choice of doing for the month, Firecrackers by Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow. I wanted to use something in my immense stash to feel like I am making progress in reducing it (HAHAHA!). I used 2 Calico Craze charm packs from Moda and designed by Brackman & Clothier Thompson. The quilt will have a more olden day look to it than the picture in the pattern. I ended up purchasing a neutral, a pinky mauve for the center squares and a brown for the firecrackers. I wasn't sure I was going to do the "firecracker" part only because of the size of the triangles and I saw the quilt done without them also looked great. I decided to go ahead and am glad I did...seems to tie colors together. Of course with just charm packs I did not have anything for the borders...yes the fabric line is old...so I did actually find some online and will be having that shipped to me soon...I am not sure using my stash "saved" me any money with the extras I have purchased for the quilt, but oh well, I will have a nice quilt to show for it.
In a recent quilt magazine I saw that someone made their bindings when they finished the tops and put them a clear jar so they knew where they were, didn't use the fabric for something else, and it was also decorative. This summer I have been organizing and making backings and bindings for quilts that I need to quilt. I really like making tops and it is very noticeable especially when I have already filled my binding jar (which is a good size) and now I need another one ;o)
Now with all this binding to put on a quilt, one would think that during the stitch in I would work on these...nope! I still have not decided what I will be doing tomorrow when I go to quilt for 12 hours with my Stitch 'n Sisters.
One last photo...I have had some friends ask about my other family members...furry or feathery... and I have taken a picture of the first parrot I have ever owned, Purl. She is a lilac crowned amazon with attitude. She helps me with my pirate stories at school and the kids love her. She is a vain girl because all she really says is "Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Purl" or "Purl's a good girl". She LOVES birdy bells and her eyes "pin" when she rings them. This means the pupil goes back and forth from little to big very fast because she is excited. She is a pretty girl!