The weather this week has cooled off and the humidity is down, so there was a lovely day to open the windows behind the longarm and get this quilt done. It was 58º at dawn, when I got up, and by the time I began working on this QOV, it was still in the 60s. Fresh cool air filled the basement as a gentle breeze wafted through the lace curtains.
I finished quilting it in just a few passes, using white Glide thread on the top, and Bottom Line in the bobbin. The pantograph is called Blue Star.
I checked the quilting on the back, then took it off the longarm, and laid it out on the floor to get a photo.
Then, I trimmed it, and made binding from the same red print as the solid blocks. I put the binding on the back side first.
Then it is folded to the front and top stitched so I can control where the line of stitching goes on the top side.
And it is done. All I need to do now is the Quilt of Valor label.
In other news, I am at the end of my patience with Bloglovin. I swear more than half the time I use that blog reader service I get this on my ‘feed’ page –
It was happening on a daily basis for a couple of weeks last year, and when it finally began to work again, I went through my blog list to make a list. I was surprised at the number who hadn’t posted in over a year. Others posted a farewell post, and are no longer blogging. I went from well over 100 blogs to 67 after the cull. Then I made a list in a text file so I could still visit even if Bloglovin was down. But now, I have just had it with them. I’ve been getting the ‘page not available’ now for days. I like using a reader that shows me who has recently posted, so I don’t have to go through them all to see if there is something new. I still follow too many to do it by direct email. So I am switching to something else.
I looked at Feedly, does anyone use their free service or do you pay for a plan? But in that process, I went through the 67 on the list I made, and was saddened to find that more than 20 of those have apparently stopped blogging as well – with no posts in months. Seems like everyone is going to Instagram or TikTok, or whatever else. That doesn’t appeal to me, I can’t just post a pic and move on, knowing people just scroll by the pictures not reading any text. I know that is what they do, because I’ve watched friends doing it. But how do you share the construction of a quilt, run a mystery quilt along, do a blog hop, or even interact with reader comments when there is only a photo to scroll by? Beats me. Some bloggers have settled into a boring routine of weekly giveaways, the latest guests at the inn or they only post when they have a new pattern to sell. I miss the content that they used to do, but I get it, it is hard to sustain over years. I like to read about the process of whatever the blogger is doing – making a project, sewing or crafting or stamping, creating a tablescape, reading a great book, all of that and more. The quilt below was originally a mystery quilt along, then became a show winner, and presentation quilt for speaker events. It is now a published pattern available in my Etsy store – Scrap Dance Waltz. No way I could do this with just a photo here and there.
Speaking of my next project, my brother-in-law is marrying a wonderful woman who has filled his life with joy again after his first wife passed away a few years ago. She is a delight, and the whole family is excited that he is not going to let her get away. We just love her, and wish them many years of happiness. There might be a quilt in their future, but I need to find out how they are redecorating their home to suit their new status so I can choose the right fabrics and design. As a second marriage for both, I think I have time to do a personalized design, not just a ‘wedding’ quilt. Maybe my Scrap Dance Twist design in their colors would be good. So that is on my agenda for the summer.
Do you have any special events coming up? Do you use a blog reader program? Do you enjoy blogs or do you use Facebook, Instagram, or other media to get inspiration?
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