The Goldfinches have changed from their dull gray winter tweeds into their spring tuxedos of bright yellow and black. A cheery bunch of them are gathered around my sunflower seed feeder and those on the ground are happy to receive the spillings from the top. It nearly looks like a cluster of golden dandelions on the lawn. I love their sweet voices, "See Me?" I taught Hazel Peach their question song yesterday.
I finished Mary Toodles' colorful quilt last night. I used the Building Blocks Baby Quilt recipe over at Moda Bake Shop. Included in my recipe, I used a "Giddy" layer cake and added in a cream and turquoise cotton for borders and edges.
I used some of the leftover strips from the cuttings for the back. I've had a Big Foot darning foot for my Viking sewing machine sitting in the drawer for a long time and at long last, I decided to give it a whirl. This is my first time at free-motion quilting. It is far from good, let alone perfect, but Mary Toodles won't mind one bit that this was her Gram's practice quilt. It was fun and very satisfying, but a little hard on my small brain. I really need to get the hang of the free-motion "puzzle pieces" rather than my "haphazard dinosaurs." It's like drawing, but moving the paper underneath the pen. For some neat ideas and designs for free motion quilting, click here. One more thing to add -- I experimented with using adhesive spray between the layers to "baste" the quilt together before I quilted it. It worked terrifically! Check out the "how to" here.
My friend, Joyce, over at Plain Old Vanilla told me once, "Always, always label your quilts."
So I did.