Sunday, July 9, 2017

On Summer's Wings



I got the small topper completed with borders that I shared earlier.  It was easily pinned and ready to quilt.  I originally thought I would use a basic meandering motif on this.










   Yesterday was a good day to spend at Hot Legs, just quilting away.  But....that's not meandering!  The buttery yellow that I used for the center squares just cried for something other than a meander.   So, the muscle memory took over and the plumify-- originally from LuAnn Kessi's blog--- motif emerged.  I really usually call this "butterfly wings".    It just seemed to fit.




  This motif is denser and a great all over design.  Here is a photo of part of the back that really shows how pretty it stitches up.












   Once all the quilting was finished it was time for binding.  I changed directions on that too.  I had plenty of the yellow and intended to use it for the binding.  But on a quick trip to the J store, Sir Old Man spotted this on the 50% off rack and thought I could use it to fussy cut the butterflies!  Ha!  I cut some up into 2'' squares for Monday's workshop and cut strips for binding, and rolled the rest up for later use.   This is a perfect busy print....lots of color, curved lines, light and dark areas.



 And it worked so well with the small topper.   It picked up the wonderful colors in the floral prints....purple, blues, greens, and then the yellow was a great match.   Just meant to finish off this small project.....and to give it a name.










    I named this, On Summer's Wings.
    Finished small topper is 30'' by 23''.  The pattern used is Crossroads from Connie at Freemotion by the River.     Now if the heat/humidity will hold off, we can enjoy a lunch on the patio and enjoy using the table topper!
 
Tomorrow is the workshop  on watercolor.  Got the bags packed and stuff ready to go.   My chore for today is to order a new/current/usable greeting card program for making my quilt labels.
   Windows in their infinite wisdom did a major update and now my program that I used for making my labels will not open. Grrrrrr!!!!   They deemed it ancient I think and removed whatever linking file that was needed for it to function.  My computer expert tried and tried, but to no avail.   I can not open any of the saved files.....next time I will export the saved labels in PDFs so I can have them as reference.  Technology is great, wonderful time saver and on and on.....  It is the fast forward pace that creates havoc in me.  Just when I get it figured out, the big programmer demons in the silicon valley world want to make things better, bigger, smaller, faster, harder, complicated.....   So once I get a new program, it will take a while to learn its workings.  So, labels will have to wait.
 I will stitch instead.  
Happy stitching.

19 comments:

  1. Your topper came out sooo great! Love the batiks you used. Have fun at your watercolor class.

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  2. I would never have thought of using such a beautiful fabric as that for a binding; just wouldn't have occurred to me, but it is a perfect finish to a very pretty topper! Your quilting is beautiful too. Enjoy! ---"Love"

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  3. That is a lovely finish. I need to learn that quilting pattern and see if I can do it on my domestic machine.

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  4. Hi, Debbie! I really hate it when good programs age out that way. :( This quilt is really pretty withe that quilting motif (yeah, those yellow spots undoubtedly look way happier with it than they would have with meandering), and I love that binding. Great find, hubby!

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  5. Great topper. I have a hate/hate relationship with technology. If it isn't broke LEAVE IT ALONE! Hope you can get the label thing working again.

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  6. Oh I love this topper Debbie - and the fabric picked up by Sir Old Man is a winner - beautiful! Once again your plume quilting is a delight to see.

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  7. I love the quilting in this little topper, perfect in every way, as is that gorgeous binding fabric Sir Old Man found for you! A sweet little finish.

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  8. The quilting is beautiful and I loved reading that your muscle memory kicked in, how great is that! Sir Old Man is so well trained you really should write a book, LOL. Those updates are a pain, but the bad guys keep getting better so security is important. Take a look at Gimp, it's open source (free) but may be more than you need.

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  9. That is so pretty, love the design and the colors you chose.

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  10. Plumify was the perfect quilting choice. Sir Old Man sure watches out for you! My dear hubby has many redeeming qualities, but spotting a fabric for me is not one of them. Hope your workshop goes well today.

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  11. Your topper came out perfectly beautiful!!! Sir Old Man is a real "keeper". �� Enjoy your workshop!��

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  12. I had to Pin that quilt pattern. Lovely topper.

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  13. Your husband has a great eye! That butterfly fabric, combined with your "butterfly wings" quilting, makes for a perfect finish on this pretty little topper. I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing all your lovely projects using floral fabrics. Good luck with your class!

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  14. Wonderful change on the quilting pattern. This really enhances the piece in a lovely way. And give Sir Old Man a pat on the back for a purchase well made! It is a beautiful fabric and finishes off the table topper so well.
    I wish you well with the watercolor workshop!
    I share your frustration with the constantly updating technical world. When I have what I want and it is working for me, why can't they leave well enough alone. : )

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  15. On Summer's Wings is a beautiful name for a beautiful table topper. Looks like your DH has a good eye for selecting fabrics for you. Hope you are having fun at the watercolor workshop.

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  16. Lovely topper. Just lovely. Makes me want to make placemats with this pattern...

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  17. Along with everyone else, I absolutely love this topper too - it's just lovely, all of it. As for your labels, I use Microsoft Publisher for mine - you just figure out what size you want your label and start with a box that size, then add whatever text you want, and import graphics that you can find all around the web, and all done. There are probably some free Desktop Publishing programs around too - have you tried download.com to find a free greeting card program also perhaps???

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  18. Very pretty. I love how you quilted it.

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  19. Your quilt is beautiful Debbie and the plumify is a neat quilting pattern! Sir Old Man sure has good taste!

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