16.6 Patience and Persistence

June 23, 2011

Didn’t mean to disappear for the week.  Just busy with life stuff and starting to panic (more) about the upcoming quilt show.

I took my finished (minus some of the beading) Sunflower Patio Dreams quilt to work this week to show it off.

Compliments all around!

The birds have their beaded eyes and the only thing left to stitch before the show is the back /bottom of the sleeve down. (… oh and the ..mmpygh .. *cough* label *cough)

Here’s the red bird with his eye.

And the most often comment I got was: “That’s so beautiful!  I don’t have the patience for that.  How long did that take you?”

To which I said thanks.  And then I said that I worked on it a little bit at a time after lunch sewed down 2 petals or so every day.  So persistence won out.  I also said that I started it in September of 2009, and took a several month break from it several times.  And I said that I still wanted to put beads on the sunflower centers.

I have also pretty much finished my silent auction quilt with the exception of the binding.  And the entire mini sleeve.

Haven’t decided on the name.  Something about early morning colors, but bright eye crushing pink just doesn’t describe the morning light in a positive way as scarlet or crimson.

Also have the borders quilted very very lightly.  Which I may remedy with my own design on the borders that I made up for another quilt.  But my FMQ isn’t all that great yet and I may run out of time.  We’ll see how it goes.

Also getting some thoughts on how to make my purple tilted four patch quilt as you go quilt better.  I think I’ll take a cue from the book I’m borrowing from a friend called, Quilter’s Playtime, and introduce some interrupting strips to make the quilt more artsy.  Still have a few seams to hand sew down on the back, but then I want to add more applique.

Here’s the quilt as it stands.

And the back.

This quilit is definatley not going to win any piecing awards or any free motion quilting awards (some slight tension issues in the middle), but I still may put it into the show.

To do that, I want to make these changes:

Yellow applique strips that cut into all that sashing, and is parallel to the tilt of the blocks.  With a dark gold kicker around the binding and dark purple binding to bring the dark back into the outside.

I may also do (just thinking right now), some little prairie point folded corners in the corners of the binding that mirror the tilt of the blocks.  Not sure how I am going to do this yet, but it may be worth tying the gold back out on the outside.

I have to go, but speaking of patience, persistence, and hexies.  They’ve arrived. Here’s June 12, two weeks ago.

see how they multiply when left to their own devices?

The tribbles of the quilting world.


  1. “Tribbles of the quilting world” made me laugh. Because it’s true!

  2. Love the Sunflower Dreams… Your little birds are lovely, mine always look like ostriches unless they are ostriches then they would look like turkeys. I kind of gave up on hand applique… I will stick to machine work at least then I can blame my machine.

    Keep your tribbles coming I love the fabrics, what size are they?


    • One side of each hexagon is half inch in length. Tiny little boogers. So I haven’t figured out the math on this for getting the width of the block length like what Sandy, Pam, and Jaye are doing. I like my English Paper Piecing method. To me, it’s more portable being hand stitched, which makes it fun!

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