It's so hard to focus on my machine quilting goals for the month when things like this appear at the feeder outside the window!?!
|Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak from the rear|
And the 500 toad eggs have hatched and the tadpoles need to be checked regularly?!?
|American Toad tadpoles that hatched 4 days ago!!|
The fragrance of the viburnums need to be enjoyed hourly.
|Viburnium carliesi -- oh so fragrant!|
And every primrose needs to be cooed over and photographed.
But really I do need to finish this quilt!! I was making great progress, got through all the design decisions except for the border. So I went back at it in snatches between all the running in and out to check on the progress of spring. Soon the last few blocks were finished and I decided to rambled through the borders repeating the "tea leaf" motif I used in the blocks.
I began with a wandering "stem" to give me a guideline adding leaves to the left side to create a spontaneous vine effect. It barely shows up -- grrr. Time to make an adjustment!
I've been using channel style quilting successfully recently and decided to try finishing out the border with that between the "vine" and the edge of the quilt. First attempt looked good and it was a go!!
At this point, I heard the mailman on the front porch and decided it was a good time to take a break and make a cup of tea. Turn on the kettle, go to the front door -- A BOX!!!!
It's the new presser foot for my APQS George!!
The platform foot to use with acrylic pattern guides! Now I'm excited!!
So I finished the free motion work on all four borders and installed the new foot.
Look how high it is?!?
So this weekend I'll get the quilting finished and put on the binding and then I'll share my first finish for the second quarter from my list for the 2015 Finish-Along at On The Windy Side. I need to get one done before we hit the mid-point of the quarter!
And if you are as distracted by your spring time as I am, take your stitching outside!!