I met with my Quilt of Valor group yesterday and took my finished top. When I took the close-up picture, I forgot to get the detail of the inner border. It was a bugga-boo to put on. The fabric was originally rows of the letters *
* separated by stars in a square. The volunteers had already cut it apart when I received it, so I had to be careful when sewing it on so that I didn’t cut off the tops and bottoms of the letters (not a full 1/4 inch available). But first, I had to piece the borders in such a way that the integrity of the letters was maintained (no mitering like I normally would do). Then I kept trying to fit the border so that nothing was cutoff. I finally gave up and let the ends at two corners read *US*. Best I could do! USA
|Bonnie Hunter Pattern - Fourth of July|
Now that I am more familiar with the pattern (I printed off my own copy from Bonnie's website - she gives blanket permission to do that), I know that many of the squares are not turned properly. My next one will be much better! Other members brought back finished tops, too, so the group now has 5 tops at the long-arm quilters (volunteers). Our next meeting will be spent making up lots more kits that can be signed out and brought back.
|Another top ready for borders|
|And yet ANOTHER top having borders sewn on|
And yes, we went out to lunch again, and I readily admit to succumbing to the allure of the raisin toast. I had tomato rice soup and the toast and both were wonderful!
Now I’m planning on a lazy weekend. The weather has been so great here that I just want to get outdoors and piddle around – no heavy weed pulling, no extreme walks, just leisurely enjoying the balmy temperature while it lasts. My azaleas and day lilies are blooming and my lone orchid has a new stalk. I was so excited to see it since I was pretty sure I had brown-thumbed the poor plant to death. But apparently, it is happy, so I fed it and we’ll see if it makes it to flowering!
|The stalk coming out at the top left is the flower starting to form -|
I'll hitch it to the green stake when it gets a little longer