We had a nice little trip this weekend to Virginia Beach to see a friend retire from 30 years of service in the Navy. Chris says he has been to a lot fo retirement ceremonies but have never seen so many Admirals attend one. It was a lovely ceremony and I'm glad we made the trip to see Sam get such well-deserved recognition. While we were there we took the opportunity to visit some old friends, my brother and nephew. It was a short trip but it was fun.
That means I didn't get a whole lot of sewing done but it only took about 2 hours to finish this little top. The fabrics are some of the first fabrics that I ever dyed and were my first attempt to mix colors. The white fabric is actually from some of Chris' old dress shirts. He wasn't wearing them and they were already starched! It's hard to tell but there's a 5" white border on the quilt.
I won't quilt this right away but I'll be ready the next time I need a quick baby quilt.
I also finished up 2 more veteran's quilts so now I'm taking a break from them and starting to quilt some of my own quilts. This will be the first one. It's going to be my niece's graduation quilt and I'm struggling a bit with how to quilt it. Part of me wants to do a lot of detail quilting on it but the other part recognizes that this is going to a college dorm room. That part of me wants to do a panto or overall dwirling like Mary did here.
I did pick the thread. This is a variegated blue Superior Threads Rainbows polyester thread. It's going to blend really well to use it all over the quilt.
Today I also have my first iris bloom in years. When we first moved here in 1998 Chris made me a long iris bed and I had about 50 varieties. Then they got diseased and my allergies and travel schedule kept me from being able to take care of them. So we dug the whole thing up and tossed all of the irises over the edge of the yard. A few years ago I noticed that some were growing in the weeds on the side of the yard. I figured they were hardy so we dug them up and I planted them around some of the trees. This year I'll get to see which varieties survived. This is the first one to bloom. All of them came from Schreiner's but I don't remember what it's called. I can't wait to see what else I have.
I'll also have a nest box update later today. Meanwhile check out what everyone else is doing at Patchwork Times.