I have to apologize for holding out a finished quilt on ya. This quilt was made from one pattern with yardage added on to make it over hang on a queen size bed.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Okay I am now seven work weeks in with the progress of this quilt, and I finally have a rhythm and routine around it. I finished up the last block needed for block seven and moved on to block eight (photo above). I found that if I took one day with pressing, starching, ironing, and cutting I was good to go for the next day. Then the next day I started piecing all the small blocks together, and then the day after that, piecing the entire block together, which left me in a golden state of mind. In the end this method works out great because it allows me to sew and still get things around the house done. Honestly, I like this routine because I do not feel pressured to get to the finish line. Over all if anything it has given me that frame of mind of goal setting, and the nice thing about it, my blocks are turning out fantastic.
By time Friday at "quitting time" (as my dad would call it) came around I had block nine ready to be pieced together.
This block was a bit of a fussy one to put together but I am not complaining. If anything this quilt had taught me quite a few lessons, and I am actually enjoying them. As for the infinite HSTs...Vivian who blogs over at the Bronx Quilter shared with me her post on the last block (block 12) and how she used triangle sheets to save her sanity over all of these HSTs. You are more than welcome to read her post *here*. Vivian also shared with me a post from Quilts of Love by Margret that features a custom quilting job done on this Civil War Chronicles quilt. The quilting I have to say is amazing! Yes, I would love for my quilt to be custom done like that but I know its not going to happen. I thought about hand quilting it myself. I am thinking otherwise due to all the HSTs and other over abundance of seams. You know what??? I'll worry about that later.
Lastly, my mistake of the week.
This block above was supposed to be one of the flying geese, and my mind trailed off thinking about something else. Oops! No worries, I found that the whole lemon thing to work out and in the process of it all a new to me block. Hmmm. Maybe I should revise my Interlocking table runner pattern. Ah...no.
Thank you for stopping by and thank you Vivian for sharing!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sorry all no Tipsy Tuesday today. But I do want to point out something that I noticed about myself last week. When I am working at my machine, I noticed that all the tools that I need are on the right, and that they are diagonal pointing to the left. Then there is only one tool (the screwdriver) that is on the left that is diagonal to the right. I would have said that this is a bit of a psychosis but psychosis means lost touch of reality. Huh, I could crack a sarcastic one liner about the internet being full of people with having a psychosis problem but then again that would lead to the folks in the real world too. Nah... I'll just pass on the crack.
I just noticed my how I subconsciously place my tools at my machine, and I had to laugh at myself. Anyone of you out there do this too?
Monday, February 24, 2014
I know I usually have been posting the progress of this quilt on Sundays, and I do apologize to any of you who do look forward to seeing them. I was in the home stretch of hand sewing some binding down on (yay), a finished quilt when all of a sudden I started seeing stars of green and black, which was followed by a massive headache. I've had these blinding headaches before, and I am not sure what really sets them off but I can tell ya that they are no fun. Nonetheless, this past week's progress was pretty good if I do say so myself. I managed to get past block five with only one snag. I ended up being one HST short, and of course short on the fabric needed to complete the block. So instead of crying over it, I moved on!
I came to the conclusion that being short of certain fabrics because of mistakes and so on was inevitable. Really there is no crying over it and as I had mentioned before I am lucky to have a shop close by that still carries this collection. I also figured it this way...I am better off going forward and making the rest of the blocks before I make a trip to that shop. To me it just seems so ridiculous to make a run for a forth of a yard of fabric. I'll wait. I'll wait until I have made enough mistakes to make the trip worth mine and the shop's time.
In the mean while I completed block six, which is in the photo above. I'm not usually a green fan but I like that block! As for the second block pictured below, this is block seven. All HST's by the way...shocker!
I really want to say that I am all HSTed out but I know that I am not because I am not near the end of them just yet. Oh, before I go. I was asked by Nicole if I had a Flickr group for the Down the Rabbit Hole Block of the Month quilt. Before Nicole had asked I did not have one set up, but now I do. I am just as curious as Nicole to see what/how your progress is going on out there. Why did I not have one set up before? Let's face it, I am not a popular person and I did not think anyone would be interested in a group. So here is the link Down the Rabbit Hole Block of the Month group for anyone who wants to join in or share your progress. I am interested in seeing what you have been up to, and so is Nicole!
Thanks for stopping by!