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!
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”!