I had a busy week in the sewing room. I told you all last week after my “Sew with Jo” while I was working on the quilt in the photo below, I gave up my plan to sew on one row a week and just tackled the quilt. You can read about that HERE if you missed it.
Well from there I spent the next morning putting on the red inner border. That day over naptime I pinned on the pieced border and that night I sewed it on.
The original quilt had one more red border on it, but I decided to skip it. The quilt is big already and it’s hard for me to machine quilt any quilt that is about 100″ and this one is pushing that.
The quilt is a mystery, Old World Fantasy, from Quilted Twins.
Tuesday we woke to snow. At about 6 am I got a message from a childcare mom. Big sister was throwing up. Did I want the baby? Um…No. That meant I had a snow day and wouldn’t have childcare until the afternoon bus dropped the kids off. YAHOO!!
Well then school was two hours late as the snow was bad enough to warrant it, so I had my two big kids in the morning until 9:50 am as the school had a two-hour delay. Then I had the day to myself until 3:30 pm. I decided to make the most of it.
I debated a lot about what to work on. The Halloween quilt needs attention but I was sure I could do that over the weekend. This was a free day. It was an unexpected time. Surely I could finish quilting the mystery quilt.
I made a backing for the mystery quilt and loaded it on the frame. My thought was that I could get it finished but I had a lot of interruptions. Kayla called. She had a no school day. She is a health teacher at a school about two hours from here and the snow was worse that way. Kelli called…Kalissa called…it wasn’t a day to get as much done as I anticipated. That’s totally okay. Being mom and grandma is more important. This quilt top was MUCH further along than I ever thought it would be at this time last week.
Then about an hour before the bus came I decided to stop the quilting machine and get the backing together for the Halloween quilt. I thought that would make me feel better about not working on the Halloween quilt.
I was careful and tried my best to match the print when I sewed the pieces together. It took a little longer but I think it was totally worth it. Close up you can see where the splice is but further away I don’t think you can. It was actually a fairly easy print to match.
Saturday I finished up the machine quilting on the mystery quilt and bound it.
Sunday was my day to tackle the Halloween quilt. I have loaded it on the frame on Saturday. I picked my quilting motif, loaded my bobbins, and did one pass. I left it determined to tackle in on Sunday…and…
Rosie was pretty bored with it all…
But was MUCH happier once I got it finished.
I stuck with it and powered through even finishing the binding. This will be headed to American Patchwork and Quilting in Monday’s mail. YAHOO!!
So that was a big week for me to finish two quilts. I’m so happy both are done.
In between it all I did manage a little time at the machine. My Spider Web string blocks are now in rows.
I’ll take the rows downstairs and pin them over nap time. Then I’ll sew them together in my morning sewing sessions. It’s getting time for me to pick another UFO to start working on. I don’t always follow the suggestion from Mary at Country Threads with the Dirty Dozen challenge. I told you earlier that I had just gone off the plan and finished quilts that could be done quickly first. I’m getting to the point that many can’t be finished quickly anymore.
In other news this week, I kept up with my cutting up shirt challenge. You can read about that HERE if you missed it. I actually did much better than I needed to do. I did a whole garbage bag of quilts and I only “needed” to do seven to keep up for the week.
I started out with four bags…I’m down to one bag now. I thinking about powering through and doing the whole bag this week. I will do my seven for sure…that’s all I plan…but it sure would be nice to be completely done with them.
You will notice that many of the shirts are blue and yellow. I have specifically collected those two colors. I have a quilt planned with them. After seeing them all stacked I got to thinking that maybe I’ll use some of these for a baby quilt for Kelli. They aren’t finding out the gender of the babies so it’s hard to know what to make. She does want a crumb quilt with letters…So I was thinking about starting one with dark blue letters…then do yellow, white and light blue with it. I know that boyish but, I was thinking I could get a bunch of blocks made but not put them into a quilt until the babies are born. If she has a girl, I could quickly whip up some pink blocks and mix them in with the yellow and blue. I think that might be okay. Anyway…I thought I would let you all know that I plan to start crumb quilting soon and making the letters. These baby quilts are moving up on the to-do list.
Did you see that I finished my Holy Toledo quilt?? I told you about that on Friday…HERE is the link if you missed that. Oh my, I love that quilt. I originally thought I’d gift it…but, we’ll see. I do love it!!
This was a big week for new videos. Kalissa was out of quarantine and could edit ones I had previously filmed and then I filmed more. So here are some you can check out.
I have another for her to edit so watch for that coming later in the week. With that, I’m off. I’ll be sewing on the Christmas deadline quilt next. It’s always something…and that’s okay. Now if I could have another super productive week like last week, that would be AWESOME!!