Sunday, May 22, 2011

I'm not THAT busy!

I can't believe I haven't posted on my blog since April!  What the heck have I been doing???  Not much in the way of quilting.....and I guess that's when I really feel like posting.

I finally got back into the sewing room.....and did the quilting on a table runner that my friend Donna made.  I did an all over running vine, stitched in the ditch on the outside border of piecing, then did a tiny stipple for the background.  I will give it back to her for binding on Wednesday night at our quilt group.  I hope she likes what I did on it.....she had no input to what she wanted....she said 'anything'!

It took me just under 3 hours to quilt it.  That seems long, considering it's just a table runner.....but that stitch in the ditch is what slowed me right down to nothing!  It takes ALL my concentration to do that.....the very second I blink, look away, or think of anything else but the line.....I waiver off!  Of course, that makes me crazy, and I have to pick it out!  I did that twice!  So yeah, I guess 3 hours sounds ok!  lol

Now that I've finished Donna's runner, I can concentrate on my next quilty project.  When we found out the daughter of our good friend's from kiting was getting married in November, my hubby immediately thought.....oh.....maybe you could make a quilt?  Ok.....sure!  November is a long way there is no pressure, right?  Well.....then I made the huge mistake of asking hubby, what do you think for a design?.....and as I'm clicking through all the pics I have of quilts on the computer.....he starts saying "that one, or that one, or that one."  Well, of course the ones he was picking out were pics of quilts I would never ever want to make.....I just had pics of them for color options, or good border usage, or whatever.  But never to make that quilt!  Sheesh!

So, I narrowed it down to was going to be crazy complicated......but I would started drafting it up.  Well, I spent the better part of 2 days drafting it, and realized there is just no way I want to do it!  No way!  So I got back on the computer, and started looking at pics again, this time WITHOUT hubby watching.  I finally chose a pattern I liked, and it would work with the fabrics I had planned, and I got busy cutting away!  Yay!

Jeanne (the bride) showed me her dress (she works at David's Bridal, so we stopped in there one day, and she put on her dress.....gorgeous!).  Of course, I was trying really sneaky to find out her wedding colors, or favorite I could plan the quilt.  She showed me her bridesmaids dresses....they are a beautiful wine color, but she had wanted purple, cuz that's her FAV color, but hubby-to-be talked her out of that (smart man!).  So there it was.....colors for the quilt......I pulled all the fabrics I had in the wine/maroon range and the purple/lavender range, and all the white on white's that I had.....and this is the quilt I'm doing.

It will be about queen sized.  The flying geese blocks are a finished size of 3x1.5.  I'm really loving the two color ranges together.....who knew!?!  (It just occurred to me that this pic looks like everything is's not.  Just the individual flying geese blocks are.....nothing else!  I would never cut off the tops of geese like that!  I'm just sayin!)

And I had a scratch off coupon from Joann's for 60% off  (woohoo), so I got one of these!

And let me tell you, it's the best dang thing I've bought for quilting in a very long time!  And this project was the perfect one for it!  I had so many 3.5 x 2 inch rectangles to cut for the flying over 400!  And this ruler made it so easy!  I zipped right through the 6.5 and 3.5 inch squares, too!  I love it!

I cut out all of the flying geese rectangles and big squares in just a couple of hours!  Yay!  I'm not one for many gadgets or fancy extras, but this ruler ROCKS!  I'm so glad I got it (and for 60% off, too!)

Ok, enough yacking about it.....I'm off to start sewing more flying geese!

Have a wonderful day!



  1. I was just thinking about you today, wondering where you were. I should have guessed it would be in the sewing room stitching up another beauty! I love the pattern you've chosen and the colours are gorgeous!! Your table top quilting sounds great too! I call my stitching in the ditch- "stitching in and out and all about the ditch".

  2. The bride to be is going to love this one! The color combo is stunning. I have heard nothing but good things about that ruler...have to get a coupon and get one for myself.

  3. Love the quilting on the hexagons! And the colors for the wedding quilt! I don't know about that ruler. How does it work?


  4. I love the purple/wine. I think that is a favorite of mine...oh wait I said that about the red and white ones....

  5. Looks like the beginning of a stunning quilt! Lucky bride!
    Love how you quilted the table runner. I know what you mean about stitching in the ditch. You are much more patient than I am - I never pick it out.
    Haven't seen that ruler before. Will have to look for it on my next trip to Joanns.

  6. its going to be a beautiful quilt and a wonderful gift.
    this is so nice of you