Sunday, January 25, 2009

I Survived The Ripping !

for now....

I got all of my Bee Quilt top ripped out yesterday - took me almost all day (including numerous interruptions).  At the time I hated it but I sure felt great when it was over. 
Today I started putting it back together and fixing what was wrong.  It's starting to look much better.  Amazing what happens when you slow down, measure correctly, and take your time.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


So my Year 2000 quilt is on hold until I can get a space large enough to sandwich it all together.  I have done nothing but look at my next unfinished project this week.  It is a partially finished bee quilt top.

When I pulled out earlier this week, I discovered that what I do have done I am not happy with.  I can tell that I rushed through it and there are seams that don't match up and there is puckering. I know what I have to do -- the dreaded seam ripping..... otherwise I will not be happy.  I HATE seam ripping.

I'm sure that when I was just sitting on my bedroom floor thinking about this project and looking at it it might appear that I was doing nothing.  But actually I was trying to figure out "Now what."  I considered throwing it away and start over - I have enough fabric.  I also considered leaving it alone and just finish it.  But today, I won't do either, today I will start ripping and rethink how to put this together better.

That is the problem for me when I am not following directions. This quilt is in my head - derived from 3 other quilts that I took a little of this and that from.  So there are no directions and that is my problem.  I get frustrated because I don't feel I know what I am doing and then I just get impatient.  

I also considered putting it back away and doing something else - Lord knows I have enough projects I want to do.  I might still consider that as I go pick up my seam ripper.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Year 2000 Quilt Ready To Put Together

I'm so excited - while watching history in the making today on TV - I got my Year 2000 Quilt all pieced, front and back, and ready to put together and quilt. I got to stay home today from work and watch our new President be sworn in... then off to the sewing machine I went.

You know how you have all those little time consuming projects you want to get done but none of them are very important - well I got some done today - mostly getting photos in the photo album. I had about 8 months worth of photos that I needed to get organized an in the photo album. Today was a great day to get that done. Sit in front of the TV and get the photo album fixed up. One problem, I ran out of photo album, so I have to go get a new one - so the project didn't get totally done, but it is much closer and I don't have photo's laying around everywhere.

Now I just have to find a place big enough to lay out my mammoth Year 2000 quilt to sandwich it together!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My Little Helper

My little sewing partner, Wyatt, is using my old sewing machine, now that I have a new one, and is sewing up a storm. Yesterday I sewed for several hours and he was by my side a good bit of it making his own stuff, and learning what the machine would do. He sewed some 2 inch blocks together, he sewed some scraps together and made his own pillow. It's so cute!

Meanwhile, I have almost the entire backside of my Year 2000 quilt done. I need to add 2 more boarders and I will be ready to put it together to quilt. The problem is, it is so huge that I need to find someplace large to be able to lay it out and put it together - I don't have that kind of space at home unless I move stuff around. I cannot wait until this quilt is done, I am so ready to move on to another project. So many projects in my head and so little time!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Time

Okay, I have to brag for a minute.  These are my two fella's and they are in cub scouts.  I am the den mother of Wyatt's den.  Last night we had our annual Pinewood Derby Race.  Jack (in orange) came in 2nd place in his Den.  Wyatt (in yellow) came in 1st place in his Den then went on to race the other 1st place finishers in the pack and won!  We're so proud!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Pajama Pants Marathon

Guess what I did this weekend, nope, didn't quilt - I made pajama pants.  Three pairs!

Wyatt's pair of Jeff Gordon NASCAR pajama pants...

Jack's monkey pajama pants...

And then a pair for me.  I think my hubby felt a little left out so I will have to go find some fabric for him.  He's 6'5" so his pair needs a lot of fabric.

I had gone to JoAnn Fabric because they were having a huge sale on fabric and I got all these fabrics for 70% off.  I think I understand how to make them now.... took me a little bit but by pair 3 I didn't have to look at the directions.

Unlike quilting directions, clothing directions assume you know a lot.... which I don't.  Quilting directions tell you 1) do this with the fabric, 2) sew these 2 pieces together this direction, 3) do this and cut here or sew this way....  However, clothing directions are like 1) sew this seam 2) sew this seam 3) sew this seam and that's it.  Sounds simple except when I got to "sew outside seams together" it didn't tell me how the fabric should be and I totally sewed it wrong the first time, ripped it out and had to figure it out on my own.  I guess they assume you need to put one leg in the other leg and so forth - I didn't know that - but I figured it out!

I think I will stick to quilts, and maybe a few more pairs of pajama pants now that I got the hang of them.  They are cute and easy (once you figure them out) and quick!

I should be getting my sewing table Tuesday - according to an email sent to me.  I can't wait!

I'll have a busy week this week, I have a cousin coming to crash at our place while he ski's Vermont.  It will be nice to see him.  Have a great week!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Year 2000 Quilt

I am so close to having my Year 2000 quilt done.  I have so many squares left to use that I am piecing the back but to make it easy I am doing a row of pieced and then a strip, as shown below:
This quilt is getting so big - I want it to fit my queen size bed and it just seems to big.... but when I lay the top on my bed it fits and really could use a few more rows on the sides.  

You'll notice in the next picture how I incorporated my Year 2000 fabric: (okay I can't get that picture to upload - I'll try later).

I am thinking that since this quilt is so big I might try my hand at machine quilting.  I found places that I can rent time on a long arm machine and I would like to learn to use it.  Not that I want to stray from my fondness of hand quilting - just get this quilt done quickly and learn something new.  It will be so easy to quilt and it will be done!

I'm still waiting on my new sewing table to arrive - it's taking so long (or I'm just being impatient.)  I can't wait to get it and get everything organized and start having a good system, working on the bedroom floor just isn't working anymore!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Family is the Music of Christmas

This one was made for Beth's Mother and Father. It's approximately 30"x30".

God, Grant me the Serenity

Beth made this quilt for my mother this year for Christmas. I really like the border's print. It's approximately 30"x30".

Thursday, January 1, 2009

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