Wednesday my friend Teresa came by to see if we could figure out what was causing her problems with quilting. She had made a quilt using one of the quilt patterns from MaryQuilts but which one I could not tell you for sure. It is for her newly married son and daughter-in-law so she wants it done, sooner than later. As near as I can tell is that she has some tension issues and the batting was not helping matters any. I had a package of poly down black (the quilt was black and red) so we will substitute that out and re-pin it on Tuesday. I also told her that since we were going to re-pin she may want to substitute that all black on the back since it was giving her fits trying to un-quilt that bad lines.
She had also wanted me to show her how to rock in hand quilting. I was holding some extra quilt hoops I had around here and some #10 quilting needles for her to try so those went on home with her. LIM, right? Yeah, I know a drop in the bucket in the scheme of things around here. I found my missing 4 inch EZ angle ruler that I use when I am making the binding joins but have yet to find what the heck happened to my bias press bar??? Norma and I joke that it ran off to join her long missing scissors.
Somewhere in between I got as far as I could on the March rabbit button up. The fabric I need to complete the job is on the way, but not here yet. I am in a holding pattern for it and the Bloom wall hanging piece. That's okay, as I didn't have a whole lot of time to sew anyway.
Thursday: it was off to the executive board meeting of the Friendship Quilters guild where I serve as the guild secretary. Last time we were visiting the budget and this time, the by-laws. We went through the whole document and most stood but it still took me a whole lot of typing to do that minutes. (about 7 pages) and a big chunk of Thursday evening. Friday, I typed the by-laws with the proposed changes---the first draft of it anyway. There will be changes. By then I was ready to NOT see a keyboard for a few days.
And then things changed in a hurry. I found an email late Friday evening from one of the Belles asking me about a quilt for a very ill young boy that lives in her neighborhood. Did we have any on hand w/frog fabric as there is some connection with that for him, she wondered. There are no finished quilts on hand at my house since I took them all down to PHFC on Tuesday. We both wish we had known earlier. Of course, the "perfect" one(s) with frog backing was among the ones I took.
I DID have one of my quilt tops that we recently pinned that had some frog scraps IN it. Starting at about 6 in the morning yesterday I had about 11 hours in involved with quilting and hand finishing the binding. DJ was lucky to even get supper last night as I was on a mission! I had about 48-50 inches left to finish this morning on the 2nd long side. Bev made a frog fabric pillowcase that will go with it. I met her mid-morning for the hand off.
At left is the picture of it before I ran off to meet her at the Pig. Silly DJ held it up with the backing facing the camera and said, "I thought you said this was a frog quilt!" I asked him to turn it around and then pointed out the 4 matching squares with frogs ON them.
But this whole thing is NOT about me. I am just showing you a quilt that I happened to have made and finished. That is probably the fastest I ever finished a donation quilt. My first donation quilt finish for 2012, I think??? (Will have to verify that for the tabs I have set up.) The boy is very ill, I could do a little something to help him and I hope that others would do the same. After talking with Bev after she delivered the quilt, I think we need to give a quilt to the young boy's sister as well. She is having a hard time and needs a hug. It has got to be hard when a family member is going through such a long illness with no cure in sight. Sad. Say a prayer for young Colin if you would? God will knows what the needs are.
Hopefully this next week will settle down a bit. I have Bama Belles on Tuesday and the girls have asked me to show them how I approach machine quilting. I have the very quilt in mind to show them.
Now, I guess I better head out to the kitchen and scare something up for supper. I'm considering jambalaya with that leftover smoked turkey sausage from last night's hastily thrown together meal but I bet you anything it turns into option 2 before I get those few steps, LOL. I love being able to go either way.