It was with a sigh of relief that I turned the calendar to December. November was absolutely too busy! I'm glad to see there are very few commitments for this month. For me, there is great pleasure in the sameness of routine.
We don't have any large family gathering to attend this month, my extended family gathered in November and the Farmer's family hasn't gotten together in years. We will have our local son and his family here for a large breakfast on the 23rd.
We don't get into the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and definitely don't do the black Friday thing. I admit I did attend Wana Night Out in Shipshewana last Tuesday but waiting in line at Yoder's isn't anything like waiting in lines at Wal-Mart or another large box store.
I do have some special days planned: Advent services at church, Grandparents Day at our grandson's kindergarten class, coffee with a neighbor lady(s) and a special shopping day with my DIL at local stores. Some baking is also going to happen here at home.
I'm going to spend the monthly slowly working on the many projects I worked on at the Jane Stickle Retreat including this small quilt which measures 74" long and probably 60" wide. I know I have the measurements written somewhere but can't find them now!
I had originally made the this quilt at the April 2017 Jane Stickle Retreat and added a white outside border. All summer I thought, "I don't like that white border!"
The fabric had come from Yoder's so I checked there and fortunately they still had some yardage from this collection.
At the fall retreat, I cut the white border to a narrow border and added the blue border, much more pleasing to my eye. I also sewed the backing fabric and the binding.
And now she's marked and in the hand quilting frame.
When I was quilting my blue & white churn dash quilt, I was often asked how I marked the quilt. I took pictures while marking the outside border.
I've never had a professional marking lesson so this is the method that works for me that I have come up with over the years.
For the various marking tools I use, check out the post I wrote on March 12, 2017.
First I marked the 4 corners. That is your starting point. Make sure you mark all 4 exactly the same.
Next I marked the long sides. Laying the stencil on the border, I pin each measure of the stencil. I need to see how many times the design fits or repeats.
I have 3 repeats of the stencil. I have 3 1/2" space I need to adjust for.
What I do is move the pins. I moved the first right pin 1", the 2nd pin 2 1/2" which left 1" for the 3rd pin. Carefully I add an extra feather to the design and carefully make the curve on the bottom. You will never notice the addition. Then I repeat this on the other long border.
Now for the short borders. I do the same thing, seeing how many times the stencil fits.
For this border, it is 2 times and I need to fit in 6".
I measured the stencil. It is 6" from the center feather on the right side to the next center feather on the left side.
All I need to do is trace that 6" onto the border. Turn the quilt and mark the other side!
For the all white border, again I marked the 4 corners first but just the left part, not the right cable.
Once the corners are marked, I start making the rest. I don't measure how often this stencil fits like I did with the feathers.
When I'm about 10" from the corner, I slide the stencil shorter or wider the make it fit.
This corner looks slightly different than the above picture. No one is going to ever notice once the marking is washed out.
I used the same marker for the next border. I am going to mark those blue squares as I quilt them using the white chalk marker. My experience with the Sewline white markers has been the mark doesn't last a long time so it is less frustrating for me to just mark them as I am ready to quilt that block.
I taped the stencil onto the inside squares so it won't slide around as I am marking. I used the blue marker on the white fabric and then marked the blue fabric with the silver pencil.
After awhile my blue marker ink was getting very faint so I pulled a newer different blue marker. It makes wider lines and it actually showed up on the blue fabric so I used that instead of the pencil. In the white corners, I marked straight lines 7/8th" apart. Where did I get the 7/8" measurement? That is how far apart the lines are in the stencil hearts.
I don't have a separate picture of the marked square but I'm sure you'll see it as I make progress with my hand quilting.
I've started quilting and this is how far I've gotten.
You will notice I am marking straight lines every 1 1/2" to give stability to the unquilted fabric in the border. I'm also doing it because I don't like baggy quilted quilts!
A close up view of the corner.
When I'm not quilting, I keep the quilt covered to protect from direct sunshine and little fingers.
The pattern for this quilt is Cabin Fever, a five fat quarter fun project from Jedi Craft Girl.
Linking to - Slow Stitching Sunday, Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, Em's Scrapbag, Love Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away, Quilter's Monday