Hmm….where do I start this week? Unfortunately, I didn’t get nearly as much done as I had planned because the kids were out of school from Tuesday clear through Friday for the blizzard. They did finally go back Monday, to everyone’s relief!
Last week’s goals –
- String quilt workshop stuff together – workshop was cancelled and rescheduled for next week
- Finish customer quilt – done
- Quilt Nina’s quilt – almost done
- Start making the binding for Deb’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, my February UFO Challenge project. – see below
My string quilt workshop was cancelled in plenty of time that I procrastinated even more and didn’t waste too much time getting things together! 🙂
I did get Kay’s quilt done and delivered.
This is part of Kay’s Christmas Double 9-patch. I used a snowflake theme throughout the quilting. Nina’s quilt is on the machine still and should get close to done today. It is fairly large and has some fullness in the blocks so is taking a bit longer.
The other thing I worked on this week is my UFO Challenge quilt – Deb’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Deb’s husband’s grandmother pieced the top. I helped Deb get it quilted in early 2004 by another longarmer as I didn’t have a machine at the time and then told her I would bind it for her. I don’t know WHAT I was thinking when I said that ,other than the fact that Deb was a matron of honor at my wedding, because here it sits still not bound. Binding the angles on this has not been something I have looked forward to.
Here are four choices I have on binding fabric for the quilt. If I remember correctly, the dark blue print is the one Deb thought would work. She wants something more masculine for her husband. We had also bought the ’20’s-’30’s reproduction at the bottom of the stack. the lighter solid blue is one from my stash and there is not quite enough of it to do the whole quilt. I bought the medium blue solid at the quilt shop last week hoping it would work.
Here is the quilt with the choices laid next to it….the two blue prints…..
I personally think the dark blue print at the top is too dark for the quilt and the print is just not “repro” enough if that makes sense. The lighter print is too busy and gets lost.
I thought the lighter blue from my stash would be a very good choice….if it were just a little bigger! That is why I picked up the darker solid blue at the quilt shop thinking if it didn’t work for this quilt it would always work in a QOV. There wasn’t a lot of choice at the shop, so I picked something that seemed like it would work the best, but looking at it here, it also seems a little too dark. What do you all think?
Obviously, I have to make a decision and then check it out with Deb before I can get started on this (which needs to be done by the end of the month!), which brings up my next plea for advice. See these edges? How would you bind them?Cut off the smaller points on the little hexes to make straight edges on the pathways? In other words, in the flowers at the top of the picture, treat the flower and path as one large hexagon with straight edges? Then the right edge of the quilt as a “V-type” shape with otherwise straight edges?
Then there is this edge…see the half hexagon? Those were actually cut in half so the maker didn’t have to make a bunch of extras. It’s mate is stitched in just to the left of it in the next half-hexagon space. So here would you cut off even with the straight line of the half hexagon, or turn those small corners to give this edge a scalloped effect also?
Any guesses on why I haven’t tackled this binding yet?
I also wanted to start working on another project this week and purchased some items specifically for the project just a week or so ago. I’d have pictures to show you, but the problem is I remember carrying the items downstairs to put in my sewing room this weekend but now I can’t find them anywhere. I looked for an hour in my little sewing room and still can’t find them! When I do find them and get started I will post a picture so you all can laugh at me….meanwhile you will just have to wonder what I am up to now!
This week’s goals –
- Finish Nina’s quilt
- Start and finish another customer quilt
- Make a plan on the binding for Deb’s GMFG and settle on a fabric, get it cut out if possible
- Find my lost items for my project
I am going to stop here even though I should work on Mini-me’s dinosaurs more. The weather has me behind some with the kids home plus I have a lot of customer quilts this month and need to stay on top of them or my March is not going to be fun!
So, what are you stressing over this week? Share your stress with us as I have shared mine with you! Is there some way we can encourage you to help you along ? Let us know!
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I will check in with you later this evening!