I'm battling a slight cold but all in all staying on top of things. Between naps and aspirin I've done some sewing (of course) and I finished a mini-quilt last night.
Remember last week someone gave me a bolt of light green fabric? I decided to use it and make a mini-quilt to give the person as a thank you gift. This served three purposes. I could see how the fabric works up, I could get an idea of how a word quilt gets put together for my own quilt in Tonya's class, and I could make a surprise gift for the fabric giver.
The fabric is lovely and the light green is a very nice change from beige. I'm sure I'll find lots of uses for it.
As a trial run for Tonya's wonky quilt, I think I learned a few things. One, the letters are legible when put together but there is a lot of background fabric that really wants something else in it. With this mini I probably should have put some cute blocks or something in as a focal point. I debated making trumpets or drums or something for this quilt but since I was hurrying to get it done and it was sort of an experiment I put aside the perfectionism and finished it as is. My Wonky quilt is going to need something to make it more interesting. Object blocks or wonky crumb blocks or strings or something...
Once put together the dilemma of how to quilt it. Since this was a rush job, there was no way I was going to hand quilt it so I did peacock feathers by machine. Hmm. I don't think I have a great understanding of machine quilting yet. My feathers are so cramped and rather than being an overall design, they tend to be filler quilting spread over the quilt. I probably should have given them more breathing space but I'm not sure how to do that yet. And this sure used up a lot of thread! I'm pretty sure I don't want peacock feathers for the Wonky quilt and if it is quilted by machine I'd like to do hearts but I haven't tried those. (I know, I should have tried with the mini.)
So there's my evaluation of this quilt. Since the recipient doesn't expect anything I'm sure when I give it to her tomorrow she'll be thrilled.