I am very happy to report I am up to date this week, for a change. In fact I am going great guns this month, oh what a good mood I am in, I'm just a simple girl at heart and it doesn't take much to make me happy.
So, what have I done to affect me so? I finished the signature blocks for Tina and Stuart's wedding quilt! This was also my One Monthly Goal for January, Happy Happy!
Here they are on my design wall, well some of them. This won't be the final arrangement of course but when I finished them I couldn't resist putting them up to have a look, what do you think?
The background fabric is a Moda Bella solid in a warm white shade, I can't remember the exact name but it's not the bright one. The coloured strips are from Alison Glass Sunprints 2018 range and I chose fourteen different shades, fourteen because I wanted bright happy fully saturated colours and so I didn't get any of the white, cream, or grey shades and I didn't get any of the dot and squiggle ones either, although I'm now warming to them.
I cut two 2 1/2 inch strips from each colour and fourteen 3 inch white strips for the signature panels, then it was just a case of stitching two of the same colour together with a white strip in the middle and giving them a press. They measured at seven inches wide so I cut the strip sets into seven inch squares, I got six blocks from each strip set except the green which was a little short and I only got five. I must say there is a fair bit of variation in the selvage, on some there is very little white edge and on others a good bit more, which is probably why I could only get five green blocks. It doesn't matter, I only need 61 blocks and I still have 69. I wanted extra in case anyone messed one up, or wrote an inappropriate comment Tina wouldn't have been happy for me to include.
Speaking of writing comments, thank you all so much for your advice on the pens, it was most helpful.
I decided to go with the Pigma in the end, some of you mentioned how Sharpies can bleed and others how Pigma ink has withstood many washings on older quilts. I bought six, do you think that will be enough? I didn't want to buy too few in case anyone went off with them and they all disappeared before everyone had signed them, but they are quite expensive so I had to take the cost into consideration too. I have another wedding in May, my son Chris and his lovely fiancee Sarah, so they will be used again then. I thought I might just put four out and keep the other two in my bag in case they are needed.
I will iron freezer paper to the back of the blocks as some of you also mentioned.
I have had this roll for over ten years, I don't use it often now but it is handy to have in.
I also need to put some quilters tape at the edges of the signature panel so people don't write in the seam allowance. When it came I read the back and it said not to leave it on for longer than one day though. So, I'm testing it to see how long I can leave it on for. I will take one strip off after a week and the others at weekly intervals. Not that it will be on that long, I just want to know if it will mark. Not that it matters really after all it is only the seam allowance, but it's nice to know. There is loads on the roll, thirty yards, and I only need five inches for each block so it will do both quilts and then some.
That wasn't all I did this week though.
I took Baby out of her little bed in the table and raised it up so I had lots of room, then I cut out the blocks for my secret quilt. I am so happy I started it, I'm just waiting for the extra fabric I need and then I can start sewing it together. Want a sneak peak?
No, sorry, not allowed! I'm sworn to secrecy and it's not my secret to tell! But I can tell you it is wonderful and I can tell you a bit more next month. Until then you will just have to wonder!
So that has been my week so far, AND I'm posting this today, late in the day, but not tomorrow. Yes, it's been a good week, none of the oldies has been ill, Hubby finally got a new suit for his daughters wedding, and the sun has shone a couple of times, I'm happy.
So until next time,
With smiles from,
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