It is a rainy, dreary Saturday and I am having a hard time getting myself moving. What to do? Shop and watch DVDs, of course. I will get to that in a bit. The big news is that I finished my Lattice Illusions quit top. I am thrilled! I started this project in February and long ago deviated from the original design. It has been re-designed 4-5 times now, making this a long road. It is finished now and I am really pleased with it.
The intention was to be a more masculine quilt for a special fella. I think the colors work for that aim. When finished this will be 6 ft square, so the perfect quilt for watching TV in a comfy chair. This checks one of my summer goals off of my list! Yippee!!
After finishing that top, I need a break from quilting. In thinking about quilting the Community Quilt (page down a few posts), it was time for a small shopping trip. Have you tried using bicycle clips to hold your quilts in a roll when quilting? Well, I thought I would give it a try when the Community Quilt is ready. If I fail quilting it myself, I have already approached our local longarm quilter and she's considering the project. It will work out with time.
After shopping I was happy to curl up on the couch and watch a Patchwork Schoolhouse DVD on precision piecing. This is another one of my summer goals: to take a precision piecing class. Sadly, I can not find a real class in Ireland so I bought this DVD. Joanne Middleton is the instructor and she has several good tips, but these are generally things you would pick up in 2-3 quilting classes or with a year of experience. I was looking for tips that were one layer deeper or more detailed. It was a good refresher of what I should be doing, but would absolutely be a better video for someone just starting out. If this is in your local library or guild library, pick it up! I would not suggest you buy it unless its on sale.
That's the news: finished top, plan A for quilting the Community Quilt and a precision piecing class. Tonight I have a date with Harry Potter. Am I the last person on earth to see this movie? It seems so.