Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sewfest June 2011!

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:

A couple more pillowcases to go with Em's Loveliness of Ladybugs quilt

A pillowcase dress for Em's birthday

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Highs :) and the Looooowwwws :( of Quilting

First...the "Highs" of quilting *happy dance*  :)

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 wanted to cry :( 

but then I looked at the table runner again

and I really like it the way it is :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Another Finish

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

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fabric Wrastlin'

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!