It seems like I've been quilting my little heart out these days, but there is a pause. My sewing machine is in the shop, so I got my Featherweight out and was happily piecing some blocks when I noticed the tension was really bad. I couldn't get it fixed no matter what I did, so when I get my Janome back, I will take in my Featherweight! In the mean time, I'm trying to get a little organized.
I had already finished quilting Mama's cross stitched Paragon quilt top and now I finished binding it, so here are a few pictures again taken outside with the quilt hanging on a clothes line. The sun is shining through it some. I bound it in a solid blue to match the flowers. I had to fold the top over the clothes line so it wouldn't dangle on the ground.
Next project is quilting Flags of the American Revolution. I decided to quilt it with large baptist fans except for the center eagle block. I purchased the baptist fan template from Barb here. It is perfect for this quilt. Barb created her own large fan template when she couldn't find one this size anywhere. I'm really glad I got it and think I will use it more often from now on.
Here's a picture of the template. One fan measures 14 1/2" high and wide. I'm marking it one fan at a time with a Clover roll on powder. It works pretty well, except as you quilt, some of the powder rubs off and it's hard to see the lines, but this way I'm not using any sort of pen and don't have to worry about the marks staying in when they are not supposed to. I guess I'm afraid to use pens.
I will be hanging Dear Jane's Quilting Journey at the Treasurers in the Attic Quilt Show in McMinnville, OR on Sept. 16. It's at the Yamhill County Heritage Museum. If you are in the area, I hope you can come by to see it and many other quilts. You can also have some antiques appraised for $5.00 each. If you come, look for me at my vendor's booth.