Thursday, March 11, 2010

The finished quilt...

Roger got busy this morn and made a take-down rack for me to use to hang a quilt from to take if I only had the lighting to do a good job. If it wasn't so windy, I would take it outside to take photos.
But these at least give you a glimpse of the quilt in all its glory.
This is something I just sort of made up as I went along...

There is a pattern called an Irish Chain and this has the feel of one, though it really isn't one. It is Sarah's...I want to take it to the laundry mat to wash the first time...I will use a Shout color catcher in case any of the fabric bleeds. Though now that it is done, I might be able to do it in my washer...I first thought it was too big.

Some quilters wash all their fabric first thing when they bring it home but I like working with new fabric. I guess the first time I have a quilt ruined I will do different. I did buy this one fabric several years ago...just a beautiful vivid blue...I had a feeling I should wash it before I used it. It bled so much, repeatedly that I never used it for anything.

I am trying to make up my mind to get out another quilt top and get the sandwich made and pin basted...I may wait a day or two. The one I have in mind is almost as big as this one I just finished. I guess I will just wait and see what the weekend brings.
For a story that will give you a warm feeling all over, read this story. I belong to a quilt forum and the link was posted is one of the best heart-warming stories I have read in a while.
The day started with thunderstorms...I was up about daylight unplugging computers. Even though they are on a surge protector, I don't totally trust it. So if I am here, I unplug them. Later, it was the 60's was over 70ยบ yesterday! Things are trying to spring to life. I hung out a load of clothes, even though it was dark and cloudy one minute and sunny the next. Probably dark and cloudy more than sunny. I just love hanging out clothes. I don't know why. I like hanging them in an orderly fashion, shirts with shirts, jeans with jeans, towels with towels, etc. I even separate them as I get them out of the washer.

Sometimes I wish I had a wringer washer. When I was a kid, that is what we washed with. And laundry day was sort of an all day job....well, at least all morning. And we had to be there in the evening to bring them in off the line. I can't help but think how much water would be saved. I have heard the auto washers and dryers called time savers, but I am not so sure. I hate to think how much time I spend running up and down the basement stairs taking care of them.