Wednesday check in
I had decided to sew the binding on to the backside and fold it over to the front. I Elmer's Glued it in place so I could stitch it down as required by the organizers. NOT my idea. I have been quilting since 1988 and trust me, I do a much better job stitching the 2nd half down by hand using a close applique type stitch. I know, I know--- I complain about having to do that part too but at least I do it well. My complaints there are mostly I am just tired of looking at the same project and am so ready to move on. BUT why would I want to deliberately do a method that I frankly do NOT do well, by machine? Because I was told I had to---only reason. I will not participate if I have to again.
I hung this quilt for its glamour shot over the one that is currently occupying this space to if you see something peeking out around the edges, that's it. The quilt IS square. Pattern is BQ2 from Maple Island Quilts but the scaled down version. The pattern calls for like 18 inch blocks BQ stands for BIG quilt. I have no desire to do huge simply pieced blocks.
There is not a lot going on around here. Bama Belles met yesterday though I was about a half hour late getting there. Bev and I usually arrive around the same time and she also has a key so I gave her a heads up that I had overslept/actually slept. For the last week I have been having troubles getting to sleep until after 1 or 2 a.m. I then wake up around 7:30 so do get some uninterrupted rest. Then we changed the stinkin' clocks and I am all messed up. Now I can be awake till 3 a.m. instead---yippy! Now add having to get up to an alarm. At 4:15 I removed Skyler from the bed and his morning bath complete with claw cleaning, shut off the alarm and closed the door. I slept till 8:15 when Skyler's meowing and pawing the door awoke me. I knew he would get me up as he is pretty vocal when he is waiting for his treat bite in the morning. I put it in high gear once up.
Because I am between projects I had grabbed my embroidery bag to take to the meeting but didn't touch it. There were 6 of us present and Lois had 4 tops to pin. We would have helped Teresa pin her projects but she woke up not feeling well and missed the meeting. Aline had finished her blue Fiddlesticks top from our last meeting so that got pinned as well. My Fiddlesticks top stayed home--maybe pin it next time. Then we called it a day and went out to Cracker Barrel for breakast/lunch.
One of Lois' tops was what she, Bev and Teresa were working on at the sew-in day. Got to find out the right name as it makes use of a lot of bits of fabric, 2 1/2 inches. We were picking out bits and pieces from our stashes, LOL. She had also made a fallish type Bali Sea Star, that is the cover quilt of Kim Brackett's Scrap Basket Surprises. Probably the one she had done that drew the most comment was her pastel version of Emily's Wedding Quilt from Fons and Porter that alternates a 54-40 or Fight block with a simple shoofly block. (There is a free pdf file for a similar quilt as well as a digital download). I forgot my camera so you will see these all quilted down the line. The 4th quilt was a scrappy 16 patch with stars pieced into the sashing.
I think Oscar and I can make a trip up and down the lane now. It is staying warm in the 60s but we are in for varying degrees of rain through the weekend. Possibly some storms. We are in the first tornado season now so anything is possible. Till next time-------