Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The blue cross quilt is together.
I am going to hold off quilting it until I get the other two completed. There is a huge mistake in this quilt. The blocks in the corner between the crosses are suppose to form stars. Since I was doing this from scraps and just trying to figure out the pattern I goofed this up. It's going to be for our youngest son and he thinks it's a cool geometric pattern. Thank goodness for boys and how they see things different. For the next one I took graph paper and colored in the squares to coordinate with the fabric I am using that way I will get that design right.

I made a quilt for project Linus. My daughter tells me her friend ask her if she is going to bring her two project Linus quilts Tuesday night to their meeting. She was very upset because she thought they were due in April at an event they are having. I ask her had she looked at the calendar because the event is this Saturday. Panic ensued. Since she had class and this meeting I told her I would help her. We picked out some fabric from my stash. I cut it out, these are simple quilts with two yards of fabric; one for the front and one for the back. Then I go looking for some batting. I thought I had some, but I only had craft size. I finished one quilt and sent it with her last night and will do the other to send with her Saturday.

I have been working on the costume. I serged all the edges after cutting out the robe and then began on putting it together. I found out I may have to alter it again. While waiting on measurements for the other robe I have to cut out I began working on the hat.

Besides those things I have gotten very little of any other sewing done. I have been knitting a few rows here and there on my daughter's afghan. I have done a little hand quilting on the old green quilt, but not as steady as I was because of the time involved with the costume. I have to get them done hopeful long before the 7th of April for the first performance.

Sew Long for Now

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I have been working on putting the cross quilt into strips, I have one more row to sew together and then I will sew the strips together. It's coming together. The interesting thing is I started this as just a trial and error to find easier and quicker way to do some of the piecing for this pattern with so many pieces. After I had put so much effort into that first block I just had to make a whole quilt out of it. It has over 1800 pieces in the quilt and I have been working on it six months. I am hoping the next two will go faster with some of the piecing methods I have discovered.
I put together a couple of more blocks for my mother-in-law's quilt. I thought if I could just do a block every once in a while it would take no time to complete it.

I don't sew for other people since going back to work full-time, well at least I try my best not to. It's too stressful and I never know from one day to the next if I will even have time to sew that day. Back in January the new music minister at our church ask me to make costumes for the Easter play. I told him if he got them to me by the beginning of February I could help him, I thought given my schedule with enough time I could work them in. I never heard from him and I forgot about it. Two week into March and I got an email asking me about the costumes. Now, changing from 7 down to 3. Costumes are a bit more complicated than quilt pieces, especially costumes that have to have the patterns re-drafted because they don't make them for the size they need. I told them I couldn't do 3 in 2 weeks. Then they ask me to do one and I said I would do that one. Now they are asking for two. took me 7 hours so far this week to re-draft the pattern for this one person and cut out the parts. I will not get it done in two weeks. It will be more like up to the last minute. I feel so much stress over this whole situation. People do not have any idea what sewing garments involve. I could really use some prayer right now for this whole situation. There is more than I care to write about the whole thing, just prayer I can do the right thing and not stress myself out over it so much that I make myself sick.
Sew Long for Now

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy National Quilting Day

Head over the AQS and get a free pattern to celebrate

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I finally got the blogger BOM for February done. I like to stay on top of things. Lately, that has been a bit of a struggle. So many things to do and so little time!
I have been knitting three rows a day since January to finish up this afghan. Now my daughter, who started one at the same time, wants me to finish her's. She is so busy with college classes, her part-time job, and outside activities I said I would.

This was the week for my Color Me Happy BOM club meeting. I was able to make the block that afternoon when I got home. I am loving the fabric she has been selecting for these.

I have also been working on the hand quilting on the green quilt. Maybe I will finish it by May. I still have not put together the cross quilt blocks and I have more blocks to do for my mil's quilt. I did pick up some white for the next cross quilt. So, here's to being productive this coming week.

Sew Long for Now

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I finished these seven blocks and put them together, they are the next row in the "Memory Lane" quilt I am doing. It is a row-by-row quilt. We meet once a month at a local quilt shop to pick up the fabric and go over the design. I have two rows done. This is really nice way to do a quilt. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment because you see your quilt coming together.

I also have all 36 blocks of the blue cross quilt made, next step is to put it together! I was hoping to have that done, maybe now that I have this row done I will accomplish it.

Of course I have been working on hand quilting the green quilt, but that's all the sewing related activities I accomplished last week. I always hope to accomplish so much more than my time actually allows.

Sew Long for Now