Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Finished Feathered Star

Here is my finished Feathered Star.  Long story: begun in 1999 as a group challenge to make a Feathered Star and add elaborate borders; but pregnancy and moving got in the way and I finally decided to slap a few simple borders on it an call it good as part of Judy L.'s UFO challenge this year.  Then I machine quilted it with freeform feathers all in one day, 2 Saturdays ago.  I am amazed at how much I like the feathers and I want to do freeform feathers on my Farmer's Wife quilt now, too.
You can kind of see the feathers on the back in this shot a little better.  I also skipped the label and wrote the pertinent info right on the back of the quilt.  And today, I hung it up above the piano in the living room.  That doesn't count as cleaning the living room, unfortunately, but it spiffs it up a little.
Jack's Chain is on the Megaquilter but I still haven't begun the quilting.
We've been having quite the weather events lately.  Monday morning early there was a small earthquake, epicenter just a few miles from here.  That evening the rain was falling so hard and the leaves were clogging up the gutters so that the basement flooded.  Then yesterday afternoon, apparently we had a microburst or random small tornado go through the neighborhood and it flattened a section of fence.
It snapped the support post off at the base, which was rotten.  Fencing company will come in a week to replace.  So no Black Friday shopping for this family!
For the yarn-along, I'll use this photo from last week.  I'm on the final ruffled edge of Citron, but it still looks like a pile of red.  I may run out of yarn before the 11 rows of the ruffle, so it may be a short ruffle.  I just finished reading The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs.  It was okay, but I didn't love it.  The whole hard-edged New York City girl-power chick-lit, f-word, shacking-up, loving Planned Parenthood scene kind of turns me off, actually.  I liked The Shop on Blossom Street, and obviously the knitting theme is something I enjoy in real life, but chick-lit in general isn't my favorite.
Thanksgiving cooking is going on.  I roasted 2 squash and 1 mystery pumpkin today.  It's the mystery pumpkin that was growing in the compost pile, the one with green stripes; the orange mystery pumpkin behind it had been sitting on our front porch for a few weeks and had a couple bad spots so it got put back in the compost pile for next year.  After a bit of internet research I'm convinced the green stripey pumpkin is actually a pumpkin and is not a poisonous gourd.  The butternut squash in the center and the squash that looks like a pumpkin on the right both came from Grace's Garden.  The one on the right had a weird name that I can't remember and was extremely hard-shelled; I roasted it for about an hour before I could cut it in half.  I made our Thanksgiving pumpkin pies with the actual pumpkin and froze the squash for soups this winter.  We will also have a grape pie and a blueberry pie.  Tomorrow, besides being Thanksgiving, is also Steve's birthday.  He requested the blueberry pie.  And Stove Top stuffing instead of homemade.


verpa said...

I love your star and its quilting.

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Well done on the finish! I love the quilt that's ready to be quilted too! Glad the only damage was the fence, that sounds like some crazy weather.
Also I really laughed at your book review, I like your honesty! :)

Lynette said...

Bummer about your fence! But it's so fun seeing several people report finishes this week of projects that were started many years ago. Inspires me to hurry up and get some of those decade-long babies on my actual WIP lineup. :D LOVE your feathers.

Anne Birdsong said...

Hi Kathy, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from the Barn Hop.

What a beautiful quilt! I am so envious of people who can quilt. I WILL quilt one of these days! I know nothing about it yet, but I WILL learn!

Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…