Monday, August 17, 2015

Plugging Along

The machines are humming
as I try to tick items off my list.
I'm STILL working on the same quilts I started
at the beginning of the summer.


I did dig out this old, leader/ender flimsie.
Borrowing a page from Lesley's book,
I decided to try spray quilt adhesive
because I really detest laying quilts out on the floor
and pin basting them.

The only space available to work with the spray adhesive 
is on my front deck.
Mother Nature hasn't been kindly to us up here this summer,
so I had to wait patiently for a nice dry morning
with no/little wind off the water.

I'm pleased to say it's about 2/3 quilted.
Spray basting works like a charm.
Can't wait to show you when it's finished!
I was digging through my 'stuff' and came across this 
foundation pieced pattern and fabric from 2002.

I never did finish collecting the other fabrics.
The focus fabric is Michael Miller
and is a half yard cut.

The little boy I was going to make it for
is now a grown man.
it's up for grabs!
It's a shame for it to sit in the bottom of a bin forever.

If you are interested,
just sign your comment with an XO,
and you'll be included in the draw.
This sweet thing visited me every day for three weeks.
"These birds are sociable at all seasons,
and it is rare to see just one."

At first, I thought it had been separated from its flock,
and I found it's constant thin, lisping cry
from the tops of my trees disturbing.
Then I decided it was nesting, and I felt better.
Cedar Waxwings join the American Goldfinch as late nesters
because they eat berries.
(American Goldfinch, of course, eat thistle seeds.)

"Named for the red tips on the secondary flight feathers,
which suggest beaded wax, but the fact is that the entire body
of the Cedar Waxwing seems poured from wax.
From the sweptback rakish crest to the yellow-tipped tail,
every feather on the adult seems seamlessly set in place."
(Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion)

Check out this cool video.
I'd love being able to do this!
Notice the red tips on their secondary flight feathers.

Stay sweet!


eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am glad your spray basting worked well for you! Your quilts are so pretty, I am always amazed at the beautiful quilts, you and others are so creative. Love the Waxwing video, they are so pretty. Happy Monday, enjoy your week ahead!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I have only seen Cedar Waxwings a couple times, they stop by sometimes in the winter - amazed to see one the hand!

Montanagirl said...

That's the coolest video EVER! I love the Waxwings!

grammie g said...

Hi Karen.. I hear ya about the pinning, and the spray sounds like a finger saver :}
You do such fabulous job with your quilting.

I have been digging and getting rid of things, and I have come across projects like you mentioned. I can't believe how time gets away!

I have a family of Waxwings near by, Love hearing there cheery song!

Verrrry hot here today. I would love to share..yuck!!


Sondra said...

I can just hear that flywheel spinning as you sew away!! Cedar waxwings are such a cool looking bird, they sure do give the appearance of being made of Wax!

Lesley said...

So glad to hear the spray basting worked! Your quilt looks so beautiful through the lattice! .

Marilyn Kircus said...

Enjoyed your post, especially the Cedar Waxwings. I had one in my yard for just minutes - it was hunting for bugs, I think, in the grass.

Lin said...

I would love to see a Waxwing. I think they get them occasionally in Scotland. I have never tried spray basting but good to know that it works well. xx

sandi s said...

I love the video, amazing to have the birds eating right out of your hands! Thank you for the info on spray basting your quilt. Hugs,

Sheila said...

Spray basting does work well and I much prefer it to hand basting and pinning.Looking forward to seeing your quilt. I love cedar waxwings ,we see them eating the small crab apples in our trees , they are so pretty .

Linda said...

I love spray basting. I use it for little quilts that I'm quilting on the sewing machine. My lap quilts and bigger get on the long arm machine. I'm right there with you about pinning. It works but I got really tired of doing that. I can't wait to see the finished quilt. I'm working on unfinished items now too. Have fun with it. I love the bird pics too. I've been going to a friends house and she's a bird watcher and she's teaching me a lot about birds. It's fun. I like the dinosaur fabric too. So cute...XO, Linda

Julia D @ Jada's Quilting Adventures said...

I love Spray basting a quilt. So quick and easy! I've only pinned a couple of quilts. And then I found 505 Spray....I always have at least one to two large cans on hand. Can't wait to see your finish :)

Fiona said...

fun quilt to be quilting.... and good to find a basting method that suits you... how lovely are those waxwing birds...

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Oh, how I would love to see a Cedar Waxwing in real life, they're beautiful; thanks for sharing yours.

Definitely spray baste whenever you can, life's too short to pin unnecessesarily! Pretty quilt as peeking through the lattice. :)

Barb said...

You are just as busy as ever, loved all of your projects but the birds in the hand are worth two in a bush....HA!!

Heidi said...

So cool to capture the bird on your hand!
I have never tried spray basting, it scares me! I am also looking to downsize my ufo stash and will be linking up with the Orphan Adoption next month - I put a link up on my blog!

DeniseinVA said...

If only I could sow :) lover the photos of the waxwing and that neat video.

Simone de Klerk said...

A big smile when reading that the boy you were going to make the quilt for is now a grown man. Hope it will make another boy happy!
What an amazing bird, the waxwing.
PS: How many quilts did you start at the beginning of this summer?

Lynette said...

What a fun share, Karen! I would be so thrilled to have birds perch right on my hands like that. :) That is really cute boys fabric!

Bob Bushell said...

Oh Karen, beautiful quilts and the Waxwings, I'm in love.

Carrie P. said...

I have spray basted quilts before and it saves a lot of time.
That video is so cool. The birds are so smooth, like silk.

Allie-oops Designs said...

I have never been able to use spray basting successfully. I pin on a tabletop so no backache - just the finger ache, lol!! Love the waxwing!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I cram three folding tables together so I don't have to get on my hands and knees, but even then, sometimes the space created isn't quite as big as I need it to be (I usually make bed-sized quilts). I wonder if spray basting impedes hand quilting?

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Karen your work and posts are always spectacular. I can't wait to see how the spray basted quilt finishes. I've avoided it mostly because of an aversion to chemicals. Thanks for sharing all of your lovely bird and butterfly images -- just love them! xo Karen