Thursday, July 4, 2019

Pouring on Independence Day

I guess it's a good thing that we didn't have any big plans for today because it is raining cats and dogs. We will be eating supper at my in-law's house because my MIL was discharged from the hospital this afternoon. She called us Tuesday morning and asked for a ride to the ER. It's a good thing she did because this lovely lady has a serious case of colitis!

But she is looking and sounding good, and I'm sure she's happy to be home. She still has a lot of treatment ahead of her, but we hope the worst is over. 

I thought of Kathy B this week because the nurses at the hospital were wonderful. They really took care of my MIL emotionally and physically.

I have an FO to show her today:

This little quilt is made from the scraps leftover from the quilts I made at a workshop last summer. It took a year to hand-quit because those colored fabrics are painted with acrylic paint. It turns out to be very hard to get a needle through a good layer of paint. Those fabrics are definitely more suited for machine quilting! I'm glad I stuck with it, but next time I'll use thinner fabrics.

In fact, I'm going to hand-quilt this mini-quilt when I finish piecing it:
The pink and green squares are some of the fabrics that I sun-printed. I used Dynaflow, which I think is technically an acrylic paint, but it is very thin and I can get a needle through it easily.

I hope you have having a lovely Fourth of July. I celebrated as I always do -- by listening to the NPR staff read the Declaration of Independence on Morning Edition. They do a great job of bringing the document to life. In these turbulent times, it is worth going back and remembering why this country was formed.


17 comments:

  1. I've done a lot of painting with acrylic and I can just imagine how tough it would be to get the needle through!
    Your pink and green squares almost look like batiks! So pretty!

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  2. Oh my goodness! I was thinking that looked much more like a painting than a quilt!

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  3. It's absolutely gorgeous!!! I can't even imagine getting a needle through painted fabric. My fingers are bleeding from just going through the several layers of my rings quilt.

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  4. Sending continued healing thoughts to your mother-in-law. I hope she is feeling better soon.

    Your quilt is amazing. You have such patience to do that kind of hand quilting.

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  5. I ❤️ your quilt and admire your tenacity for quilting the painted fabrics!

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  6. Despite the rainy weather, it had to be wonderful to be with family.
    The quilt is amazing-though I can imagine it was a hard hand quilting adventure! lol Dynaflow is a favorite for quilters for a very good reason!!!

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  7. glad your mil is on the mend, phew! lovely quilting and I had a quite fourth reading and knitting so that made me very happy!

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  8. We had crazy thunderstorms all day long. Just as soon as the sky would clear, another one would come rumbling through. Hope you had a good 4th despite the rain. Your quilt is lovely!

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  9. Oh Deb, what a lovely compliment! Thank you. IM glad the nurses were a comfort and watched over her well!

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  10. Your finished quilt is darling. I love it. You are inspiring me to get out a few unfinished quilting projects and also to stitch something less traditional (at least for me.) I am glad you MIL is on the mend.

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  11. Glad your MIL is on the mend! My fingers hurt just reading about hand quilting through painted fabric. The finished quilt looks great!

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  12. So sorry to hear about your MIL but glad she is doing better. My husband was in Wisconsin for the Fourth and he said the weather was not that nice. Have a great week.

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  13. I am sorry to hear about your mother-in-law, but I hope she is doing better soon! Your quilt is lovely! I am inspired!

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  14. Your quilting is lovely, hope you mil is feeling better.

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  16. I hope your MIL is feeling better! That quilt looks beautiful. I can only do very basic quilting, you know...those with squares. Those are the only one I have ever made. Growing up in Brazil I never got to see quilts till I came here at 21. Take care and enjoy your Summer!

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  17. Hope your MIL is doing ok. Love your little quilts - you have such an eye for color and design.

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