Thursday, March 28, 2013

My week in review

Flower Power is on its way to my fairy goddaughter, Bridie. As I posted last week, we have just completed week 1 of March Madness.  I spent most of Saturday and Sunday glued to the TV watching basketball.  I did work a bit on my scrap busting project.  This is what I got done after sewing down the binding on Flower Power. I am sewing 2.5 squares together to make blocks.  The pattern calls for 846 squares! This is going to take some time.

 I also worked a bit on my blue blanket. Boy, knitting goes soooo much slower than sewing.

Please tell me I'm not the only one to have done this STUPID thing!! On Friday, I received some "special" fabric from Janet.  I was so excited to get started with this project.  She sent me about 50 6 1/2 inch squares of Japanese fabric.  I had a project in mind for them and pulled the instructions to start cutting.  Wellll, I had the measurement "6 1/2" stuck in my brain.  It did not matter to my brain that the instructions said "cut 60 8.5 x 4 inch rectangles.  In my mind, it was 6.5 x 4 inch rectangles.  And so I merrily went on my way and cut those 6.5 squares into 6.5 x 4 rectangles.  Now, I decide to add some of my own fabric so I pull some of my FQs and proceed to do the same.  It is only when I am getting set to cut the 1.5 x 8.5  sashing strips that my brain finally sees 8.5.    Seww, what's a girl to do? I did a little math (which  I avoid at all costs) and figure I need to add 20 more of the smaller rectangles to make the quilt the same length. Basically, I will be adding 2 additional rows.  I'm tellin' ya, sometimes I am my own worst enemy. 

A few posts ago, I mentioned the bag of quilt tops which needed borders.  Flower Power was one and that is done. This is another.  I made two of these "chinese coin" style quilts a retreat or two ago and I spent an hour or so yesterday putting on the top and bottom border. REALLY, all it took was an hour. I also pulled the fabric for the backing and made the binding.  I have one top left needing borders. Hopefully, I will get to that one in the next week or so and that bag will be empty.

I currently have 7 quilts ready for quilting. All of them have binding, backing and batting cut and ready to go. Now to find some extra time to spend with Ava. Hmmmm

In Turning the Pages, I finished "Heads in Beds". It was an insider's view of the hotel industry.  A bit disturbing.   I am now in the midst of Life of Pi.  This is a wonderful book! And in true feast or famine style, I have another one waiting anxiously in the wings,  The Twelve Tribes of  Hattie.

We are headed to New Jersey this weekend to help a good friend who was washed out of her house after Sandy.  All the repairs have been made to her house and she is ready to move back in. We are soo excited to help her get back into her nest!   Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend. 

See ya next week!


Debra Spincic said...

Doesn't that just make you crazy when you pull out a UFO and realize it was just a step or two from done? I'm having that eureka moment here lately too.

Melanie said...

I have even tucked pieces away thinking 'yuck'....and pull them out later and they become my favorite

Kay said...

Oh, I can identify with the calculation thing. I think I get the math, and then suddenly I realized I've completely missed something. Love the Chinese Coins quilt. It just needed to ripen.

Julie in the Barn said...

Oh No! I noticed the 8.5" mentioned in your email but thought it was a typo. I hope the project will still work out. I've done the same think many times and had to switch to smaller blocks to rescue the miss cut fabric. I blame it on my old eyes.

Anonymous said...

Measuring twice, as recommended, never means a thing to me - I just measure it wrong two times. I can certainly relate.

I like your fabric charm border.

Chris said...

You've been a busy girl! The coin quilt turned out very well. What is it about getting something stuck in your head. I do it all the time. Recently, I had in my mind that a client was coming in at 3. Never mind that my calendar said 2 and that I had looked at it many times that day. She finally came to my door at 2:10 and shyly asked if I knew she was here. SHEESH!!

YankeeQuilter said...

Sorry...had to laugh...been there done that! I cut a stack of blue and green4-1/2 inch squares only to find out they were supposed to be 6-1/2...grrrr! Hope all went well with the move last are a good friend to help her out!

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