Sarah celebrates the weeks accomplishments every Friday on her blog.  This week there’s a give-away as well and it’s certainly increased the number of people joining her link party.  When I last checked there were 23 participants and by the end of Sunday, that’ll be a much larger number.  It’s a very nice way to see what everyone’s done and a quick way to check out these people’s blogs.  Everyone who visits Sarah’s blog regularly seems to be a gentle non-über type quilter, so no one has to be embarrassed if their ‘done’ for the week is a bit small.  Afterall, we all have other commitments, different capabilities and greater/lesser dedication to the quilting bug.

mockup of my quilt

Meanwhile in my world, this weeks accomplishments have been inside my head.  Decisions can be as much effort as the work to carry them out.

First item: I’ve managed to create a vision of my current quilt-in-progress and that is a massive load off my mind. Any thoughts out there on the prairie points?  They will point in like shown and be sewn down.  I wasn’t going to do them at all (not pointing in or out) but the blue border was so plain compared to the rest of the quilt that it just seemed to be appropriate to go to this extra trouble.

my normal batting

mad hens stitching pattern

On another project, I have managed to finish up the outside border of  a friend’s flimsy and piece a back.  She’s supplied me with the fluffy polyester batting that used to be used in comforters.  This will be a first for me as I have only used normal quilting batting.  We’ll see how the frame and machine like this new food.  If you click a couple of times on the “mad hens” pic, you’ll see how I’ve managed to simulate the stitching pattern to show approximately how it will look.  If she picks that stitching pattern, we’ll shortly see how good this mockup is.

On a completely different topic, I have a question for my readers:  Every comment that has been left on my posts, I have answered.  I don’t email the people back, I hit “reply” where I view the comment and it gets printed on the blog.  I must admit, that I never go back to any comments that I have made, to see if people have replied there.  When I get replies from comments I leave on other peoples posts, they always land in my email.  Being new to this whole thing, perhaps that doesn’t happen the way I reply to comments I get.  Perhaps the kind commenters to my posts think that I ignore them.  Does anyone have a comment about this?

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5 Comments on Friday Finish celebration

  1. P. says:

    I really like that mad hens stitching pattern. I like to use a 80/20 batting, but have never tried the Pellon brand. How does it compare to Fairfield or Hobbs 80/20?

    As far as comments, if you reply in your comments, unless the person who commented comes back to read your comments again, I don’t think they’ll see your reply. I use Blogger and have the option to have all the comments come to my email as well as show up on the blog. Then if I want to reply to an individual comment, I just hit reply and it emails a reply to that person, like a regular email (provided they don’t have their settings set to “no reply”). Some blogs allow commenters to subscribe to comments, but I don’t see that option here. Hope that helps. If I’m wrong on anything I’ve said, someone please correct me.

    • Rita says:

      What a shame I can’t answer you about the batting. I have used what has been supplied to me where I haven’t known what it was exactly but I was told it was another 80/20 blend. I found it stiffer than mine. I have also used Warm & Natural (is that the name? doesn’t sound right to me at the moment) which is another 80/20 with scrim, so a bit stiffer too. Before that is too long ago to be useful.

  2. Sarah Craig says:

    Hi, Rita! Can’t wait to see your prairie points – I’m really wanting to give those a try! And about your replies, we have to come back to your blog to see if you commented on our comment. But if you set up your comments so that you get an e-mail when someone comments on your blog, you can respond to them personally by replying to their e-mail. The biggest advantage to this is that you can strike up a “private” conversation rather than having stuff aired out in public – and as you make friends with people, your conversations will become more personal!

    And on the batting – Warm & Natural is a wonderful 100% cotton batting, absolutely the best I’ve found on the market. It has a white counterpart, called Warm & White. It also comes in a poly-cotton blend that I can’t recall the name of right now.

  3. Em says:

    Like the quilting pattern. Looking forward to your thoughts coming to fruision.

  4. Brita says:

    I love the prairie points, good idea to dress up a plain border. As long as it’s mostly cotton and flat (Warm and Hobbs) I’m happy. My favorite, though, is Hobbs fusible, because it lessens those folds and bubbles. Of course, I’m just using my Janome.

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