Sunday, July 28, 2013

The weather outside is frightful...

Oh the weather outside is frightful,



But inside is so delightful...



...and since we've no place to go, I will sew, I will sew, I will sew!

Oh I am absolutely blissful, to be at our summer house with my little sewing space set up, choosing fabrics to work on my monthly Schnibbles project. The weather has not dampened my spirits at all.

This month we are working on Lincoln, and my first thought was to make my project in black and white fabrics, just because in my mind the slavery issue was such an important part of Lincoln's presidency.
Then I took a look at the calendar and with having company so quickly after arriving home from France, I decided to use a couple of my favourite charm packs to eliminate the time involved with picking out coordinating fabrics.




These seventeen pieces make up one of the star blocks. Multiply that by 13 star blocks and that makes for a lot of cutting. Then you still have to cute and sew the remaining rail fence blocks. Lots of cutting for a quilt that measures just 32x32.
The fabrics I used are Avalon by Fig Tree. 
Because I have some yardage as well as the 2 charm packs I am considering adding a couplenarrow  borders, much like what Carrie did in her larger version of Lincoln.


Instead of making a piano key border as in the above photo, I will use a solid red dotted fabric. This idea is still rambling around in my mind, but for now this is what I have accomplished so far.


Looking kind of cheery, don't you think? 

I have auditioned just finishing with a red dotty binding...


And with a narrow white and wider red dotty border before binding....


I like that it will make this project a little bigger, but I am still not sold on the red border. I do have one or two more things in mind but for now though I am going to sleep on the next stage of this project...who knows what the morning will bring?

You see just because it is rainy and gloomy outside, that doesn't mean it has to be gloomy inside?


P.S. how many of you are humming "Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow" right now....  :-)







4 comments:

Linda H said...

Yeah, I could handle a few snowflakes right now Wendy! It was over 100F here in Prague today. TOO hot!!

JoAnne said...

It is hot and humid here in southern Virginia. It was nice getting a bit of cool air up north. I love Avalon and the red dotty fabric. Your Lincoln is looking great.

Dora, the Quilter said...

I like your Lincoln!
I hope you're getting some nice rain and not too, too much!

Barb Gibney said...

Yes the weather out there is frightful, but ever so very delightful to see your sewing room all set up...man I wished we lived closer. Snifff snifff
I love your choice of fabrics. Very patriotic in its own way. I love the polka-dot red and the border...