What I’m Working On…

I didn’t get a lot done in the sewing room this week.  With three foster dogs here and Izzy not loving Susie, I had to stay around the dogs until they got their pecking order figured out.  One day, I kenneled them all and decided to go up and finish the quilt that was on the longarm.  It was this one…

After I was done with it, I came down, let the dogs out, and then went back upstairs and bound it.  It’s been too long since I’ve had a finished quilt…

This is my favorite fabric combo on the quilt…

You might remember that this quilt was given to me as a UFO.  The person who previously worked on it sent extra fabric to finish it.  There was enough for the binding that matched the sashing so that made picking a binding color super easy.  As always, I used my Third Hand Binding Tool (HERE is a link for one.  If you put in the coupon code “JOSENTME” you can get 20% off the entire site.)

Then it was binding time.

I didn’t get pictures of the finished quilt yet.  That’s this week’s job.

Other news in the sewing room…I did some prep work.
On Sunday afternoon I told myself I could have the ENTIRE afternoon to sew.  It’s been such a long time since I’ve had a long uninterrupted time to sew.

I needed to film the last segment of the improv crumb quilt I’ve been making for my grandson Anders.  I really started out with only the intention of doing prep work and then switching to a different project.  Then as I worked I started to think that maybe I could film a couple of segments one day and film the rest of the segments the next day.  YES!!  I was so excited.  That would get me closer to a finish and I loved that idea.

I would film a segment.  I would sew a segment.  I would sew the next piece.  I would film and before I knew it, I had the tops almost finished. I was MAJORLY excited!!

This quilt has been hanging over my head for some time and it was just time to be done with it.  I was starting to be really embarrassed with myself.  Anders is soon to be FIVE months old and I don’t have his quilt done.  Oh my.

I needed a block for the corner and dug to see if I possibly had something that would work.  I had this block but there was no orange in Anders’ quilt.  I ended up cutting off the orange…

…and put different fabrics in.  I so wanted to be done.  Anything that was mostly good that would bring this to a finish was AWESOME.

At this point, I knew I would just keep working on the quilt.  To heck with other plans…to heck with other projects.  I was too close to a finish to not stick with the momentum I had going.  Everything was going so well…until this!  Do you see what I did?  I sewed the x, y, z border on the wrong way.  Darn.  Some time with a seam ripper and I was back in business pushing for a finish.

Not only did I finish the top but I also put together a backing AND I loaded it on the quilt machine.

I have to take Mork, my foster pup to the vet today.  I have to meet with his new family and turn him over…then I am going STRAIGHT to the sewing room and I am FINISHING THIS QUILT!!

I am going to do the longarming…then the binding.  When I go to bed tonight come hell or high water, I’m going to have a finish on this quilt.  I might not finish the video editing that goes with the last installment of this quilt but I will have the quilt finished.  Oh my.  I can’t wait!!  Watch my Instagram today for some updates!!  You can find me at jo_joscountryjunction.

Whew…two projects are wrapping up.  I wonder where my quilting path will lead me next…

16 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…”

  1. I really like both of these quilts! I love all the different components of Anders’ quilt, and seeing how it all comes together.

  2. The quilts are beautiful! You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself about not having Anders’ quilt finished (well now it is). Just remember all you helped with since then – Gannon being sick and you babysitting, plus fostering and caring for dogs, just to name a couple. He doesn’t know he is getting it later than you wanted him to!

  3. The block you had to modify by taking off the orange…. Wow the whole block looks so different. I love looking at both of these quilts. Especially Anders. Keep on that roll, Jo.

  4. Go Jo! Wow! Great finish on the blog reader’s quilt—it’s full of scrappy goodness! Can’t wait to see Anders‘ quilt all done. I’ve watched and loved the videos—thank you for showing us this process—it’s perfect for video learning!

  5. These quilts are wonderful I really like Anders and would like to do one with my colors and some of my orphan blocks then add the other blocks to make it bigger.
    Thank you for filming this and all you do for us I so appreciate that.

  6. Cynthia from SWMinnesota

    Sometimes a little energy exerted does make a big difference! I really like Andrés’s quilt, both are so nice! Now I need to get busy!

  7. Ander’s quilt just makes me smile and my heart go pitty pat.
    It is so wonderful and a picture deserves to be in a magazine some day. Good work-Jo!!

  8. I really enjoy the videos that you have done while making this quilt. I need to work on a few more letter blocks and catch up with you. Anders quilt is wonderful to see finished.

  9. Love both projects! I think I need to order the binding tool, it looks interesting! Thanks, love your blog and videos!

  10. I have 3 grandchildren who don’t have quilts yet – the 2.5 year old has a top, the 13 month old has fabric for a top (but no pattern) and the 7 month old has nothing at all yet. So you shouldn’t feel bad. :-) In my defense, I just retired on January 1 from a demanding, high stress job so one of my top priorities for retirement is t change the grandchildren quilt situation. Fingers crossed.

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