|Not a rain cloud in the sky!|
|Classic Car Show|
I managed to get a couple of candid shots of people enjoying their day...
|Cute! Eagle kissing? the young lady...|
|A young patriot|
|Even the dogs were looking patriotic!|
We were too tired to go watch fireworks and I really regret not going down to the bay. Between the commercial fireworks and home-bought fireworks, it sounded like quite a joyful celebration...that went on until after midnight. I finally fell asleep around 1 pm surrounded by two scared cats. Poor guys did not know what to think of all that booming. Not to worry - they are back to their old selves - begging to go outside, getting into things, and the list goes on....
Me? I plan to go to bed early again tonight. yawn!
I finished the last of the sashing on Vi's quilt. Oh, I can hear your thoughts...what? She's still working on that quilt? Yep, shameful. I know! I don't know why I am having such a hard time finishing this quilt. Maybe, part of the reason is the large areas of sashing and borders. Or maybe, it is all the other distractions that I keep creating for myself. Oh well, there's no one reason, but I do plan to keep working on the quilt until it is done.
Now, I'm faced with how to mark the floral border. I have always struggled with this part of quilting - how to transfer a pattern to a top for quilting. Since I am quilting by hand in a hoop, I cannot use chalk. I usually use fabric marking pens, but I need to mark as I quilt so there is no marking ahead of time.
I decided to use a simple design for the floral border since it is already very busy and my poor eyes will get quite a workout. An easy basket weave came to mind and I drew it out on paper. I thought of using painter's blue tape, but that means constantly measuring and re-adjusting the tape. I saw this Mesh Transfer sheet by Clover and decided to give it a try.
To transfer the pattern from paper to the mesh sheet, I used a permanent marker. I was hoping to use an easy-eraser marker, but the marks were smearing when I tried to mark the quilt.
Anyway, I positioned the mesh onto the border without removing the quilt from my hoop. I was a little worried about the ink making it through the tiny mesh to the fabric and being able to see the markings as well.
After several tries with different fabric markers, I found this blue one worked the best because of its softer tip. Since the markings are a little messy, I have been going over them again using just a ruler and the pen. It is double the work, but at least I don't have to measure each time I need to mark a new section.
Anyone have any suggestions? I would love to hear them because this has always been a dilemma for me!