It was a busy day today so I didn't have much time for quilting but I did get a little more done on the border of my quilt Cherry Blossom.
The first step was to echo around the leafy vine. I decided that one echo was sufficient. I used Superior's The Bottom Line on the top and in the bobbin. I really like this thread because it is light weight, blends well and just seems to melt into the quilt leaving lovely texture.
Once the echo quilting was completed I started to stipple. I didn't get much done but I thought I would get at least one corner done so that you could get a sense of how it will look. I really like how it makes the feathers stand out!
Tomorrow is another busy day so I don't know if I will have time to get any quilting done and now that I'm seeing the results I am so eager to keep going so I can see what evolves! I've still not decided how I will quilt the nine patch blocks in the centre but just like the border, it will come to me! And I have to figure out what to do with the setting triangles too!
The lavender in the garden is ready for harvesting.
I cut a bunch of stems - they are so fragrant!
I stripped all the leaves so all I was left with was the heads and clean stems.
While I worked on prepping the stems I had an audience....Teetoo the Cat from two doors down.
My Mom makes lavender bottles with her lavender s so I decided that I would give them a go. She makes a cage with the stems and ties it off with ribbon but I saw a tutorial on lavender bottles on YouTube. Ribbon is woven over and under the stems to create a basket. Once the flowers are completely wrapped the stems are tied off and a loop is made for hanging the bottle.
The over and under wrapping seems easy enough but I kept messing up. Oh well, it still looks pretty and better yet it smells divine!
It is a purple kind of day so I'll leave you with two shots from the garden! The insects are just crazy for these purple bells!
Until I post again, happy sewing!