Well, the mini Fair Isle is finally bound, and yes, I did finish it up by hand. A one hour wait at the doctor’s office on Tuesday and then two hours for an oil change today allowed me to finish. (It seems I get the most sewing done at the car dealer- something to think about). Very far from perfect, but I think it was a decent salvage of a quilt that went horribly wrong. The quilt was backed with a mint green plus sign pattern, bound with scraps from the front and quilted with parallel straight lines at every 1/3 inch.
Now I have moved on to quilting the (No) Golden Shadows quilt. It will be overlapping ovals in straight lines. Turquoise and then a dark reddish brown. Each row is taking about two hours and I figure there will be about 35 rows in all. Luckily, I am finding this monotony very relaxing! Here is a picture of the turquoise. The red will overlap in the middle of the two rows.
And finally, I have started sewing a memory quilt for my son’s best friend. So far it looks amazing! This one will get a blog post all it’s own!
Things were starting to come together with the sewing. The Rainbow Stripes quilt was finished and mailed off to my dad and step mom. The M&Ms Christmas quilt top came together quickly and easily. So, I took a deep breath and pulled the fair isle pieces out of the bag. I laid them out on the floor and discovered that it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought. Rather than worry about seam allowances I concentrated on matching lines up with the row above it and then cutting and sewing based on matching up the seams. The end result was a quite cute version of a fair isle lap quilt. I got to use all but one of the original fabrics I had chosen, a light teal, which you can see at the top left corner of the picture.
And then came the news that Hurricane Matthew was on its way to South Florida, due to make a direct hit on my house north of Miami. What to do? Well, stock up on canned food and water, check the emergency kit, gass up the car, fill the bath tub and get sewing!
Sewing? Of course! I needed to get as many projects as possible to the point where the binding was ready to be hand sewn so that I would have something to do when the power went out. That meant a quick basting of the fair isle quilt and then some straight line quilting.
A scrappy binding made of extra fabric from the quilt top went on quickly and was ready to be sewn down. And then I started thinking… maybe I should have one more lap quilt ready for the storm…
A Catch-Up Post
It’s been a year and a half since the last post and SO much has happened! I finished up that Hogwarts quilt and then had to pack up all my sewing stuff. Our house was going on the market in April which meant it needed to look like a house, not a sweatshop. We finally moved into the new house in October and I had to immediately start planning for my daughter’s bat mitzvah in February, which took up all my spare time. Then setting up and decorating the new house, putting together the library in the kids’ school and getting my oldest ready for her summer in Costa Rica and then a semester in Israel all came one after another. During all this, my grandfather passed away, which was quite hard to take; he was my last grandparent. When I last went up north, my father sent me home with that churn dash quilt I had made for my grandfather. That reminded me that, after over a year, it was time to get back to sewing.
I started looking through my files of “quilts I want to make”, and decided to make a version of the Fair Isle quilt from the Moda Bakeshop by Leah Douglas. I got right to work cutting, thrilled with the color palette I had picked. And then the chain piecing began. The first few strips came out beautifully and then I decided to sew the first couple together, which is when disaster struck. Well, in the scheme of things, not really disaster, more like a Homer Simpson “doh”. None of the rows lined up. Not even closely. Those blasted quarter inch seam allowances that I can never seem to get right!
In anger and frustration, I put all the cut pieces into a Ziploc bag, sealed it up, and hid it in a drawer! Wanting to do something I didn’t care if I screwed up, I went through my piles of 5 inch squares that I had won years ago. There was some cute fabric featuring Christmas M&Ms and since I don’t celebrate Christmas, I had found my fabric. I found some green with gold polka-dots yardage in my stash and just made a simple bordered square for a mini quilt top. It all lined up, I felt better and put everything away for the day. And then I remembered that I wasn’t supposed to start any projects until I finished the quilt for my father and stepmother…
So, this was quilted with diagonal straight lines and then bound with more of the grey fabric. Here’s a pic:
Yes, it still looks like cigarettes. Oh well.
Next post will have a lot more pics of the current projects…