Day 293

**Netta, you should skip this post**

For everyone else still reading, I did my June challenge for the Mighty Lucky Club. Led by Angela Walters, it was about adding writing to your quilt, both cursive and block printing.

I’ve had an idea rattling around my head for pretty much the past year. This is version I-can’t-even-remember-anymore and I’ll give you the short version here. Last year I turned 39 and it was tough! 39 kind of kicked my ass. I also spent a lot of time thinking about “turning 40 next year” and what THAT would mean. And I figured that if I’m lucky, I’m about halfway through my useful life. But 39 was tough.

First run through. Tension needs fixing.

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I tried out the block printing in each line. By the end I felt like an actor rehearsing lines, trying out different emphases.

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And the finale!

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What did I learn from the challenge?

I loved adding writing. Composing an S on the fly under the needle is tough. My stitched cursive is better than my cursive on paper. Using a striped fabric helped keep my lines straight. Kids who can read should NOT be allowed to watch you do this project. I am awesome. 40 is so much better than 39.

This was on my list for the second quarter of the 2016 finish along.

Day 215

Oh joy, oh bliss! Mr. Handwrought took the kids to visit his folks for a bit this morning and *I* got to quilt!

And again this afternoon! And it’s not even my birthday!! I got the entire floral border and both the grey-with-squares borders quilted.
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I did go with some geometric shapes in the flower border. I sketched out both this and a loopy chrysanthemum-type flower and much preferred the geometrics. I filled in the sides of the diamonds with a loopy back and forth.
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Now what to do in the fabulous orange and pink dotted border? Pebbles? Baptist fans? It’s a 1.5″ border and the bright pink is .5″

Day 178

The Might Lucky Club February Challenge was “Minimalist Improvisation”. A photo post of the process.

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How do I quilt this? I wasn’t loving the quilt very much but I felt like doing some free motion quilting on it. But I worried that my sub-par skills would ruin the quilt.

The quilt that I didn’t like.

After scolding myself for being ridiculous, I went to town on it, just to remind myself that I actually CAN free motion quilt.

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Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for “Finish It Up Friday!”