Friday, June 8, 2007

One more top finished

Tonight was the first North Star Quilters "Sew Along". Our little guild has had four "Sew Frenzies" a year - one every quarter - since before I joined. At the last one there were a lot of comments from people wishing we got together more often to sew. Thus we decided to have a "Sew Along" half way between each "Sew Frenzy". Both happen Friday nights from 6:30 until midnight - though we very rarely make it that late. There is usually always a planned activity for the frenzies, and a potluck dinner. We decided for the new days we'd work on whatever we wanted, and have dinner before we came. We had 9 turn out tonight, which is more than have made it to the last several frenzies.

I had great plans for tonight. I figured I'd have Joseph's top together by about 8:00 or so, and then could work on mile-a-minute blocks from then on. That's what I packed for too. Well, I knew that Joseph's quilt had been a mistake-fraught quilt from the beginning, but I figured I was past that. After all, all I was doing was sewing it together. Hah! At least four more mistakes tonight - incorrect measuring, unexpected cut through part of a border, sewing pieces together wrong at least twice if not more. The good news is that I did find the perfect outside border in my stash, and the top is now done. Nothing was accomplished on the mile-a-minute blocks as I didn't finish the baby top until after 10:30. By then most everyone was packing up. At least I got exercise toting the rest of the stuff back and forth from the sewing room to the car - three times!

Tomorrow Cher and I are having another scrap cutting session. I'm going to try very hard not to slice into my finger again. I think I'll start by letting her cut while I wind floss on bobbins. That sounds like a fairly safe activity, don't you think?
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Gratitudes:
1. Good times with quilty friends
2. A project finished at work
3. Another pound lost
4. A new quilty t-shirt
5. Cool weekend weather forecast

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16 comments:

Tanya said...

That is such an adorable quilt! I love the animals (the dog looks like mine... Awww. Too cute!) The sun! the flowers! All wonderful!

Darlene said...

Joseph's quilt is darling, Patti. Perfect borders!

I went to sew with friends tonight, too. Actually, I didn't sew but I did get a project cut out - I've been cutting mode lately. :-) There were only five of us tonight; we sewed from 6:00pm to midnight.

Leigh said...

I love this quilt it is so cute. You'd never think you had so much trouble with it by looking at it, it looks great.

Lily said...

Let's hope it's safe Patti!

Lovely border fabric too - you just had to dig a bit deeper into your stash!

Carol said...

Joseph's quilt is just perfect...cute as it can be. PLEASE be careful. Another pound down...WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

swooze said...

Sweet quilt! A true labor of love!

QuiltingFitzy said...

Very good use of the inconsistant sashing! It's really darling.

Quilting Kim said...

Patti - Joseph's quilt is gorgeous, and to think that all of it came from your stash. You must be very proud. The sashing and border are the perfect complement to make it very boyish.

Joanne said...

Joseph's quilt is adorable, in spite of all the mis-starts!
And, how are you losing the weight? I so need to get on that bandwagon!

Pam said...

yippeee...you found that last bit of border in your stash so you met your goal...good job...it won't be long and you will be holding Joseph and he will be loving his quilt.

Pam @
www.pamgwillim.com

Dawn said...

Be careful winding those bobbins! You wouldn't want to twist a finger! The border is perfect! I hope you didn't break down and use that perfect fabric you needed for the binding... I love how it turned out, even with your problems, it turned out wonderful!

Rose said...

I do just love everything about this quilt...it is just perfect for a child. I am glad that you got it finished--it was worth all the mistakes in the end.

Carol E. said...

The quilt is adorable. There's a lot of true life sewn into that quilt.. best laid plans, stops and starts, hopes, mistakes, and finally a happy ending. (And I always take too much with me to retreats and such, and end up hauling it around for no reason.)

Mary said...

Patti, the baby quilt is SO cute glad you got through all it's challenges.

Norma said...

What perfect sashing and borders for Joseph's quilt!

cher said...

I am so glad we were successful in keeping an accident free day together! I have several more rings stitched, but it's time to stop.