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A new addition….

Quite by accident, I rescued a Handi Quilter II from a Good Will delivery this week.  A neighbor called to say she was about send hers away, so I decided to set it up and give it a try.  I realize that the new Handi Quilters are up to at least #24, so this is one of the old originals.  I have to put my Janome machine onto a platform and steer it around, but still it really isn’t all that difficult.  I won’t use it to echo quilt unless I gain a great deal of skill, but it works great for bed quilts and donation quilts.  So, for today and tomorrow, I am just learning to use the HQII and trying to complete the US Map donation quilt for Project Linus.  Then, I will happily return to working on my hibiscus applique and painted quilt. The blossoms are completed and I will get the leaves and center part of the quilt painted early this week…. hopefully in time to show the center of the quilt to you next week.  Then, I hope to try printing some light designs on the background before I sandwich it and start echo quilting.  Check out what others are doing on Off The Wall Fridays!us_map2

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Feeling Dotty?

I walked to a neighbors house yesterday, pulling my trusty cart, and brought back about 20 lbs of donated fabric to use for Project Linus quilts.  I will return some of it, but wanted some polkadots and stripes to use for borders and backings.  I was not disappointed; there was an abundance of polkadots, but I will need to take another walk to get some blender solids.  She has plenty of those on hand, and I will know what I need when I go.  Can’t wait to work on these.  I’m busy finishing up the two pirate-themed quilts first.Here is what lies in wait!  Looks like a busy week ahead.  I’m hoping to have them all completed for “Off the Wall Friday”!

US Flag Quilt 1 - all the fabric was donated and must have been bought together.  Some middle aged child will enjoy this one!  I think it might call for a polkadot backing.
US Flag Quilt 1 – all the fabric was donated and must have been bought together. Some middle aged child will enjoy this one! I think it might call for a polkadot backing.
World Map Quilt 1 - only borders and backing needed; then quilting, so this one will assemble quickly.
World Map Quilt 1 – only borders and backing needed; then quilting, so this one will assemble quickly.
World Map Quilt 2 - no piecing needed - only borders, backing and quilting.  I'm still looking for a fabric that will bring out the pale grape color.
World Map Quilt 2 – no piecing needed – only borders, backing and quilting. I’m still looking for a fabric that will bring out the pale grape color.