This weekend my Best Friend and Quilting Buddy hosted Sewfest again - what fun we had! Sewing, eating, talking, eating, sewing, eating - lol! It's so much fun to see all the cute projects the others are making. I was pretty productive too:
I finished two pillowcases to go with Em's Loveliness of Ladybugs quilt...her birthday is next month and I can't wait to see her reaction when she opens the package with it inside. I found a cute white eyelet dust ruffle to put on her bed too. I have one more set of pillowcases to make that are a little more subdued, but will match this quilt as well.
Now for the "Lows" of quilting (a.k.a. the pits) :(
Remember my post, Two Strips Short of a Binding, where I was wondering if anyone had a strip or two of Lila Tueller Santorini fabric because I was a little more than a strip short to be able to bind the table runner? Well I had found a sold-ish purple and wound up piecing it with the strip of Santorini that I had. It turned out nicely, see?
So, why is this a "low" you ask? Let me show you *sigh*
Just a little while ago, after I was done sewing for the day, I was putting away the scraps of ladybug fabric in my stash that is in the entertainment center (one of many stashes around the house) when a pile of fabric tipped over (think avalanche) and a big strip of fabric... Santorini...landed right at my feet.
I spent almost the entire day today making the borders for the Gold Rush quilt and putting them on - it was quite a pain, but I'm so pleased with the result. The borders are pieced so that diagonal light lines from the four-patch blocks extend out into them. The only part that made me nervous was that since I had to match so many seams and couldn't just measure out equal border lengths to ensure the quilt was square I feared that I might wind up with a wonky quilt, but it all worked out okay.
Alsley checked it out and seems to approve
Then Mr. Sweetie Boy went back to dreamland :)
So now I have four finished tops - I just have to hit the lottery so I can afford to get some quilting done. This Gold Rush quilt finished 102" x 102" so it will be an "investment" - LOL
Every time I make a big (huge) quilt and I get to the point where the rows are getting sewn together, I ask myself why I chose to make such a big, heavy, unweildy quilt. There's so much fabric to deal with that I feel like I've been fabric wrastlin' - pinning, sewing, and pressing are all a wrestling match...but today I triumphed! I did some sewing with my best friend and quilting buddy today. She got six pillowcases made and I finally sewed the rows together for the Gold Rush quilt. It is supposed to have borders added on, but when I auditioned it on my very high queen-sized bed, the quilt is huge already! See?
I'm breaking out in a cold sweat thinking about what it's going to cost to get this sucker quilted - yikes!