Ooh wee, this block was hard. I started it Monday night, just finished it tonight. Sooooo many places that had to match up. I just want to go out and buy a big old batch of Roxanne's Basting Glue. By the time I get to the end, I'll just be sitting in a corner babbling to myself. This is my favorite block, and since I got it to behave, I'm going to put it right in the middle of the quilt.
Whew! Time to go watch Top Chef. I hope Richard Blais wins!
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then give up. No use being a damned fool about it. W. C. Fields
I finished block 16 after book club yesterday and just finished 15...by the way, those are blocks left to go, not blocks completed. I'm confusing myself! I was trying to post these pictures side by side, but can't get them to post next to each other.
My goal was to finish 3 blocks this weekend, but we had a little excitement last night. I was sewing a block when a huge thunderstorm started. My sewing room is in the basement, and I could hear the hail as if I were outside. It truly came down in buckets. Then there was a huge burst of thunder and lightening, a spark and a flash and the electricity went out. A couple of minutes later, the electricity came back on, but the telephone was out, the televisions were out. This morning Al went outside and said the sprinklers ran all night because the sprinkler controller blew out. The garage door opener blew out. Oh, and the alarm system. Can you say, whole house surge protector? But thankfully, the most important thing, my sewing machine is just fine! Since I was sewing at the time, I was really surprised when it came back up with no problem. It was plugged into a surge protector, but it's a cheap one that I really thought of as more of an extension cord.
The piecing on these blocks is pretty good. Roxanne's Basting Glue is our friend.
The Atlanta Shop Hop was this weekend, but I didn't participate. I said the only way I would hop is if they would let me sell some of the fabric I have in my Resource Center!
Yesterday I started thinking about the East Cobb Quilt Show in September and somehow I started thinking about Not Fast Food and how I had planned to finish that in time for the show. I spent an hour looking for the pattern (when am I going to get organized?), and decided I can finish this...by June 15. Right. I don't know if I can or not...each block takes 8 hours...and I have 17 more to go, which means I need 136 more hours to finish it by June. OK, I'm going to give it a shot. Stay tuned.
Here's the block I finished tonight. Using some of the techniques I've learned from Judy Neimeyer, it came together a lot better than the previous ones. I didn't have to take it apart 90 times. Only 89 times.
Check it out! Red and White Single Irish Chain...done!
I have to finish the back tomorrow, and then try to find someone who can move me to the top of the list for quilting. With the East Cobb Show coming up this year, I know everyone will be very busy.
I went by Tiny Stitches after Hoopsisters class at Atlanta Sewing Center today to ask Melinda if she had time to quilt it. As I suspected, with Shop Hop and classes and quilts already in the que AND she's going to market with her sister in May, she didn't have time. Melinda does beautiful quilting - she quilted Ra, Batik Sun Dance, and Salsa with Extra Guacamole on the Side. But, when you're that good, you're in demand.
As I was looking around in Tiny Stitches, I saw the shoe panel that Bessie had been looking for! After she finished embellishing her cute quilt last year, she said she wanted to do another, but couldn't find the panel any more. I was surprised to see this panel, and thought maybe they had reissued it...but Melinda told me they had just found it when they were moving stuff around.
And I found these two great panels...I see them as the center medallion in a bigger quilt, but they are fantastic panels in and of themselves. I have to show these now, because who knows when I will actually do something with them?
I must get busy finishing my quilts for the East Cobb show...I want to show the Amazon Star, If The Shoe Fits, and Japanese Fans. I would LOVE to show Misty Blue Latte, but I'm not sure I can finish it. Well - I gotta get going, huh?
Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way - when you criticize them - you're a mile away and you have their shoes!
Finished the BQ2 quilt. All it needed was borders, but geez, piecing borders and a back took forever! I think it may have taken longer than piecing the blocks! This was just something I put together quickly. I should finish the red and white quilt today. Back to work!
I didn't post last week because it was my birthday. I was in New York, and celebrated my nephew Joseph's 18th birthday on Friday night at the Cheesecake Factory. On Sunday, my birthday, we started out the day by doing yard work! The nice weather from the week before had caused stuff to start blooming, so we needed to cut the roses back and cut some of the overgrown plants in the yard. Al took me to dinner at Caper's Sunday night, and I was so exhausted when we got back, I went to bed!
Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.
Hi Sandi! Here's a closeup of a block...they're huge - 24" - which means it comes together very quickly...it's a weekend project for sure!
I'm 60-something, happily married, love to laugh, quilt, travel, and meet people. I've never met a stranger, and a friend calls me "Chatty Cathy" - I don't know why. I moved to Georgia in 2007 and I absolutely love it...except for the bugs!