Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Supernova Quilt top done, Quilt for Japan, and other progress...
My Supernova Quilt is all done. Now I need to make the back, then quilt it all. And honestly, it's ironed! I always pre-wash my fabric as soon as I bring it home, then iron before cutting. My iron is a super-cheap $20 model, really old, and starting to flake out on me, so it doesn't work that well, but wow, when I looked at the picture those wrinkles really show on the solid white :-O! Oh well...
I also almost have the quilt I'm making for Japan done. I think I'm going to add a second border of brown. I also remembered that the blue fabric that's in this is some that I bought from a quilt shop on Magazine Street in New Orleans, right before Katrina. Sadly the owner passed away just a few years after Katrina, much as my dad did. The personal stress of these disasters has an impact that just can't be measured.
As for the quilt though, I am a bit undecided as to what to do with it. I was going to donate it to the Quilter's Newsletter group, but the city we live in is sister cities with Minamisoma, Japan, just a few miles away from the nuclear power plant. Here's a link to a story about it. Many people here are trying to raise money to send them much needed supplies (including dosimeters), so I may try to instead try to donate it to raise money for that effort. I still need to look into it, and am just now finding out about the local group involved.
I also have 4 (!) quilts signed up for an upcoming quilt show here in town in 2 weeks. This will be the first quilt show that I've ever displayed my quilts! I'm excited! It's non-juried or judged, but is still quite a nice show for a town this size!! I'll be helping hang quilts and setting up as I did last year as well.
We spent a lot of the week-end getting our yard all in shape, after a brief visit from our Portland family, including our 2 year old cute-as-a-button nephew. The garden is almost all ready for Spring planting! It felt really good to use our electric mower, knowing it was powered by the same energy source (solar) as what powers the grass! I'm not at all fond of mowing, but it sure is nice to see that green grass!