QuiltCon is just a day away!! I am so excited I may pee my pants! First QuiltCon EVAH!
Last night was a rough night with Mike getting sick. I’m hoping this was just a one time bug similar to what I had a few months ago. He’s still feeling a little worse for wear, but hasn’t been sick again! He’s achy too, but part of that has to be from his 10 mile race yesterday.
He always spends Sunday’s watching football all day once we get home from church. I enjoof watching some teams but not all! He always has 3 tvs and a laptop running so he can keep up with all of them.
Today, I decided to set up my sewing machine in the front room so I could sew while he’s cheering his team on.
This particular quilt is hard to get the blocks all lined up just right. There were about 14 different people who helped make some of the blocks so there is a lot of room for error! I was able to get 1/2 of the top put together. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get the entire top done before the IQF so I can find a decent fabric for the backing.
All in all I’m happy with how it looks, however it’s going to be a bear to quilt as there seems to be some warping.
It’s getting close to the weekend…what does that mean? That means I can finally get back to making Dakota’s new quilt so I can hopefully have it done by Christmas this year (outlook not looking so good at this point in time!). When I went to visit with them last time I asked him if he’d want a new quilt because HE brought up his old one. So, now that I think he’s at an age where he can appreciate it and not make me cry by throwing it over the couch and looking for toys, I figured it’s time to get him a proper quilt!
Unfortunately, I’ve been very slow to get this puppy done. My online quilting bee helped make some of the blocks. Which was a time saver for me! I then scheduled a WIP date with my Aunt so she could help me finish up the blocks (only needed 24 more). It’s always more fun when you can visit with friends while sewing anyway! We finished all of the blocks on 8/17 and I put them away in a Ziploc bag.
Today, yes a whole 2 months later, I’m finally getting around to laying the blocks out so I can get it put together. I don’t want too many of the same type of blocks together so I wanted to lay it all out on the floor and re-arrange them as needed. Since I have more room (and less dog hair!) at work, I brought the bag with me this morning and set to work!
You notice anything wrong? Yep, I’m missing a block! Apparently the Quilting Gnomes were tired of my slow progress and decided to punish me by making me do extra work.
I went ahead and labeled them all since I was pretty happy with the layout, I’ll just have to make a new block to plug in there.
I folded my quilt blocks up and shoved them back in the Ziploc bag fuming that I have to make another block instead of just whipping these together. Sat down at my desk to write this post when I noticed something. I’m an idiot. Yep, I’m a full blown idiot. Let’s look at this post again…. Shoot, I’ll make it easier for you:
I was using a 7×7 (49 block) layout this morning when I should have been using an 8×6 (48 block) layout. *headsmack* Now, it’s back to the drawing board and I have to spend another hour getting the layout right…again. While I feel like a schlub, I’m glad that the mystery of the missing block has been solved and I apologize to any quilt gnomes I may have offended by my accusations.
I spent quite a bit of the evening yesterday cutting up 300 2″ squares to get ready for today’s sewing extravaganza!
Thankfully, all we had to do today was sew, sew, sew. I arrived at my Aunt Linda’s house at 9:15 and we didn’t finish sewing the blocks until 5:00pm. We did take a little over an hour for lunch, but still it was a packed day!
We tried to make sure we had a different color wave in each unit (4 individual squares to make a block). That got a little tedious after a bit because some of the squares could only be turned one direction, where some of them could go whichever direction.
After cutting all of those small green squares I thought we’d have plenty left over in case we goofed something up. However, we ended up using ALL of the green squares and almost didn’t have enough individual charm squares to complete the quilt top! We weren’t able to sew the quilt top together, but all of the blocks are done and ready to be arranged and quilted! I’m so excited to see this quilt coming together!
A week from today I’ll be meeting up with my Aunt Linda for a WIP Party! I have a quilt top I’ve been wanting to complete and this is a great way to get it done. Sadly, the only blocks done right now are the ones done by my quilting bee friends. I’ve let other things get in the way…but that will all be taken care of Friday!!
Road to Tennessee – Mary Lane Brown