Tuesday, September 13, 2016

More border progress, and a sewing room update ...

I've been super busy working away on my Caswell quilt. In my mind I'm thinking I'd like to have the top completely finished by the end of this month so I can send it away to be basted for hand quilting. If I'm honest with myself, that goal is unrealistic, but it doesn't stop my from trying.

I've completed all the applique on one of the borders, and I'm plugging away at a second border. Here are some progress pics:

It's really fun making up a whole bunch of flowers and leaves and then throwing them on the border to see what happens. Of course, my perfectionist tendencies won't let me be completely random, but I'm doing my best to make each border different. My sweet friends from the USA will recognise some of the fabric they sent me in a recent care package making up some of the green leaves. You girls are all awesome, thank you!!

With less than two and a half weeks until the end of the month, the more I think about it, the less likely the applique finish will be, but at least it keeps me motivated and stitching. I'd like to have as much hand quilting time as I can possibly get.

In other news, I have some new additions to the sewing room. I'm not sure if I've shared that I've been looking for the perfect side table for my hand stitching throne. The item I particularly wanted is something I've been seeking for YEARS, mostly at auction because they can be pricey when new. I'd only seen three since 2010 and had devastatingly fallen just short placing absentee bids at auction. I finally decided to bite the bullet and see if I could find a new one, and here it is:

The side table I chose is actually a cocktail cabinet! I just love it! And because I finally got the 'table' I could go ahead and order the lamp I'd coveted for the longest time. It's a repro Tiffany lily lamp. I'm just the worst for having a vision in my head of the items I'd like in a space, and then tearing my hair out looking for the pieces in my mind, not necessarily knowing if they actually exist or not!

Hubster was actually away when both these items made their way into the house - it's actually funny - he teases me that whenever he's away with work I always seem to drag new furniture home. It was the same thing with the dumbwaiter (bookcase) at left in the picture, and I think the chair too. I joked with him that I must get so bored when he's away!

I also had some good news recently with a couple of my quilts in the Royal Adelaide Show - I had some happy wins. I'll share some pictures with you in my next post - I can feel my fingers itching to get back to some applique work. Chatter soon! xox


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

Looking forward to seeing your whole quilt! Pretty table and chair

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Your borders are stunning! You use such lovely fabric combinations. I can't wait to see more! Congrats on the wins. I'm looking forward to that post too.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Oh those borders are stunning. I am betting one award you will win with this one is best use of color. You have a great eye! I love the little table. It is a perfect addition to your lovely room.

Paula DiMattei said...

I think you are a kindred spirit with my younger son. When he was just a little guy he had the most amazing imagination (and at just shy of 30 years old is still so creativ). At Christmas time he would have very complicated plans and descriptions of toys that he wanted from Santa. And of course Santa could build anything in his workshop so he was not concerned. It was a bit challenging for his Mom and Dad. But let's just say, he was always content with what Santa brought, but Santa was not quite as skilled as my son who have you believe. Love your sewing space, I can why you'd want to spend so much time there.

Janet said...

I can't wait to see the finished top. Your fabric choices are beautiful. What a funny sorry with the furniture.
Thank you for sharing.,

jude's page said...

I think you are making amazing progress, don't know when you find the time! Well done.

Karen said...

I especially like the section with the initials.


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