I have tried so many times over the last few days to take photos of this thing so I can put it away until next November. The weather hasn't been very cooperative and when it was (yesterday morning when I only had a few minutes before I was out for the day) the camera battery died during the Pumpkin Patch photo shoot. Bummer. So this is what you get, but I'm sure I'll take more when I hang it next year.
Look at that face! I guess some details are in order. This is a pattern from Pieces from my Heart called Presidential Pardon. I did the equivalent of knitting a pattern exactly as written in the exact yarn and color with no modifications.
Oh wait! I did modify the pattern as I mentioned previously. I didn't hand applique, but fused the feather and face pieces and stitched a blanket stitch with my sewing machine. With that time saver I had this top completed (with the mistake) in one evening. Any time I saved was lost in square surgery, but that's okay.
Other than that I did use the pre-cut charm pack used in the pattern, the fabric line is called Gobble, Gobble. For non-quilters, a charm pack is a grouping of pre-cut 5 1/2 inch squares from the same line of fabrics. I love these fall fabrics. The pumpkins, the polka dots, the orange and brown.....
I backed and bound the quilt with the brown multi polka dot fabric that is in the turkey body. Nothing fancy or pieced, just sandwich and quilt.
So, at first I was just going to stitch in the ditch and hang this bird, but I had been practicing machine quilting every day on scrap and practice fabrics and having heard someone say you should really just dive in and practice on real stuff I decided to go ahead and sort of stipple all around the outside of the turkey squares. I feel quite brave showing a close up of my quilting. To be sure there are sections that are works of beauty and overall I am not unpleased. I have been learning how to relax my body more than anything else, it seems to make the biggest difference. I also know that for now anyway, working in short bursts, taking frequent breaks is a good idea. Keeping my hands moving at one speed consistently and balancing that with the machine speed to make even stitches is a learning process reminiscent of my early spinning days. And after that section pictured above I started stitching into the ditch along the seams, sort of in and out to make it look like the quilting disappears into the seam. That looks a lot better. And if I allow my mind to wander even a leeettle bit....... Well, it isn't pretty. Learning, learning.
I am not sure about the un-quilted blocks, they poof a little. The fabric was unwashed so I think a trip through the washer and dryer might help that, shrink the fabric up a little. Maybe next year.
Hey! You guys liked my Pumpkin Patch! You should definitely plan a pumpkin or two, they are really quick knits. I am not a particularly fast knitter and I could knit a large one in an evening in front of the television. And knitting them in the round saves the seaming time. Yay!
In other news.......
One hundred thirty-two. Or DAY THIRTY!!!!!!!!!!! I did it! And it wasn't even much of a chore! And I still have post topics to get to! And I didn't resort to photo only posts every day!!!!! And I even posted more than once on some days!!!!! And I started another blog!!!! I must be freaking NUTS!