Sunday, March 17, 2013

Just a bit of quilting

Had a wonderful weekend this week- the World Figure Skating Championships!  The event is not covered by US TV unless you have a super high tier cable package in some markets (not ours) that carries Universal Sports, so I watched on Latvian and Russian TV. I learned the Lativan word for oops is ups, prounced "oops-ah".

URGH! Blogger just ate my recap of the skating. It was a great recap, but I'm not typing it again- check out for more.

Even though I spent a lot of time watching TV, Saturday I DID quilt the Mario quilt!  It took about 4-5 hours, I think.  I just did a big stipple, not wanting to take away from the design, but needing to quilt this batting no more than 5 inches apart.  I was worried it was going to be really hard, after reading the quilt-along blog, but after the first square it turned out it wasn't too bad at all.
Here is a peak at the back.  The batik was picked because Kevin thought it had a Bowser's castle vibe.
Today I started a new project.  We have an art quilt challenge at guild.  I've decided to make a quilt that is self-referential to the fact that it is art, since I'm not sure I really make art.  I mean- if it says it is art, can you argue with that? Quilt's don't lie.  So the quilt will be put together quilt as you go, and each block will have a word of "This quilt is art" in a different technique.  I read in Quilting arts magazine about cutting away a space and then sewing strings across it so they are suspended and that sounded really cool, so this block is the background for the word "is" which will be done in that technique.  I wanted to get it done today, but a neighbor had surgery, so we took her kids ice skating for 3 1/2 hours to give her some quiet time.

The really cool thing is that Diane-shiko is one of the blocks I did for the snowflake quilt, an early one.  Looking at THIS block, I can see without a doubt, I'm getting better.  White on white hides mistakes, and there are tons, but the circles are definitely more even.

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