Friday, April 17, 2015

Week in Review 2015 - 4/17

Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:

I was concerned what the back of
Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci would
look like once I started beading.
Now I wonder why I worried.
This week I have been thinking about the importance of reviewing finished work and making those final adjustments that make all the difference. For example when I am expecting company, my husband and I don't just vacuum and dust, we fold up the blankets that protect our furniture from the wayward cat claw, make sure the towels are neatly folded in the bathrooms and be sure to have some food and drinks that meet are guests dietary preferences and/or restrictions. I might move a flowering plant from a window, where it is normally placed to get light and put it somewhere to fill a void or enhance the decor. I go through a similar procedure as I finish a quilt getting it ready for submission to calls for entry. Now is the time to look it over with a more critical eye. Is there anything else needed? Are there errant threads and cat hair that need removing?
When I first quilted this 3" H x 4.5" W section I used a
primary colored variegated 40 wt. thread. It stood out like
a neon blinking sign. I removed the quilting but never
replaced it until yesterday. This is much more subtle
and fits with the rest of the quilt.

This week was all about those small adjustments that make a big difference as I finished up Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci. 

1) Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci - (Due May 1, 2015)

a) Trim to size - Done!
b) Make and attach bias binding - Done!
c) Make and attach sleeve - Not yet.
d) Make and attach label - Not yet.

The border required some major tweaking. I had planned
on it being just 1/2" wide once it was trimmed.
Unfortunately, all that lovely quilting and beadwork
meant that the inner section is noticeably off square
and therefore a 1/2" border looked horrible. Instead
the border was trimmed anywhere from 2" - 2.5" to
help give the illusion of a rectangular design within
the border. To reduce the waffling in the border I
quilted it after I bound the quilt.
2) Free motion quilting practice. - Done!

I quilted the border of Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci with feathers. The more I quilt feathers the more I enjoy doing them. Makes me wonder why they were so diabolically difficult to learn.

3) Post the number of days I have worked in my studio in 2015 - 31.5/126

4) Perform a random act of kindness - Done!

5) Night Vision - 

a) Add the label - On hold until I need a second label

1) Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci - (Due May 1, 2015)

Yeah, the front side of Mondrian Tackles
is done. All that is left takes
place on the backside.
a) Make and attach sleeve
b) Make and attach label
c) Add to my website
d) Post progress to finished photos on FaceBook

2) Free motion quilting practice.

3) Post the number of days I have worked in my studio in 2015

4) Perform a random act of kindness

5) Night Vision - 

a) Add the label - On hold until I need a second label

I am now linking up to two blogs on Fridays. The first is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays and the second is Free Motion Mavericks.


  1. I am curious how you store completed quilts that have a future of either for sale or show? I hang mine on skirt hangers on a vertical closet clothes hanger covered in plastic like a dry cleaners bag type of thing. Wondering what others do?

  2. I always find those finishing up tasks the most difficult to plow through. I admire your discipline, as always, Gwyned, is moving through them.
    BTW, I store some finished pieces vertically in a closet and others in a drawer built into the bottom of our Scandinavian bed. :)

  3. I'm generally allergic to list-making, but have decided, after some lurking on this amazing blog, that I really like the way you call yourself to account for your time and effort. I would probably feel less stressed, pressured and overwhelmed if I kept track of progress in this way--and not just with quilting, but other endeavors, as well. Thank you for presenting my very stubborn mindset with a new perspective!

  4. Mondriaan was always busy with changing things before he fnished a painting. Just like you did. he result is amazing. Sounds you are an excellent host as well.
    Love from Amsterdam

  5. Gwyned, I love the back! Perhaps doing the beads enhanced the back too.

    Thank you for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks while I was away!

    Love, Muv