It has been a crazy few days, with Hurricane Fred stopping by as a tropical storm on its way up north. The rain began on Monday with the brunt of it on Tuesday. Of course, a tree came down on our road, taking out a power line on Tuesday. The storm resulted in a lot of flooding and power outages all over the area Tuesday and Wednesday. Thankfully, we have a generator so I could still get sewing done and be online, at least until the most severe part of the storm hit on Tuesday afternoon. But on Wednesday in the sunshine while looking at the damage down the road, we smelled gas outside. So the gas company came out to say the line on the road had a leak, and they had to turn that off as well. So much for our gas-line powered generator! Without the generator, we have no water as the well doesn’t work without power. We’ll have some water for a few things (like flushing the toilet a couple of times) until the pressure tank gets low. Ah, the joys of rural life!! Thankfully we were only without the generator about 3 hours, and power was restored a bit later Wednesday afternoon.
Rainy days were good to get a bit of sewing done. Quilting again for Quilts of Valor, I was recently given this eagle panel quilt. The panel is surrounded by red, white and blue blocks, and a small border. The backing is a light blue with stars. Before you ask, no, I don’t have a pattern for this. I think the maker simply surrounded the panel with 10-inch blocks, adding some sashing to make the math work out. I had already loaded it on the longarm on Saturday before the storms and auditioned threads.
Due to the light color in the panel along with the backing fabric, I decided on a light blue thread. I used Magnifico on the top, with Bottom Line in the bobbin. The pretty star backing is visible at the top of the photo on the take-up roller.
The pantograph choice was one I thought a lot about this time. My usual patriotic one with stars would detract from the eagles. I didn’t want the quilting to be that prominent. Ultimately, I decided on a gently curving design that would soften the harder angles and squares of the blocks. This is Fascination by Urban Elementz.
Quilting down the panel, the thread color is looking good.
When I got to the eagle face, the long lines of the pantograph blended well with the feathers on the panel. I think the quilting enhanced the project, and didn’t detract from the focus panel.
Finishing up, I stepped back for another shot, and I am happy with this choice.
I took a photo from a more sideways orientation so the quilting shows up.
Here it is, all finished. I think a veteran will be really happy with this one.
It will be delivered back to the committee member today for binding.
Are you sewing this week?