Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that it is already 2014! A year ago today I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of my long arm...and I could barely do a decent stipple when it first came home. While there are still imperfections and things I will need to improve and work on, I'm really thrilled with how my "vintage charm" or "looks like a stinkin' wedding quilt" or whatever it will be called is coming along. A sweet quilting acquaintence asked me if I was going to enter this in the local quilt show, and while I would like to, the deadline is in four days and I have a mess of beading and embelishments that will still be added to this so I just don't think I'll make the deadline. I have dreamed since I started machine quilting of entering something in one of the MQX shows so that's what I'm hoping for. The deadline is February 1st and I have a slew of things left to do, plus customer quilts, so - fingers crossed! I do really want to put this out there to share and there are lots of really great shows out there looking for entrants so when it is done it will go somewhere. LOL! ;)
I've got only 6" at the bottom of the quilt left that as soon as I'm finished with some other priority work I'll finish up and finally be done...
Here's the center. I literally cried over this. LOL! The pressure got to me a little bit and the lack of sleep too I think. The first time I'd marked off that center square it was TERRIBLE! It was off cneter and wobbly and just terrible. I marked it again and stitched it out and - wheew - it turned out really pretty. :) The stripes are stitched...it's looking a little like a popcorn box though so I thought beads - BEADS SOLVE ALL PROBLEMS! LOL I thought maybe I could do something creative in there... :)
Up close in the sun yesterday afternoon of the bottom left corner...almost there!
Today I got brave and took a shot of the back. There is no mercy with white thread on a mauve backing. Every hiccup shows but, at the same time, I've learned many lessons. :)