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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Books to blocks to berries

Do you ever feel guilty when you don't sew for a while? I was starting to feel that way this week since I have spent much of this much dedicating time to the quilt show registration. I think of all that I've put into this hobby and wonder why I spend hours on the couch (and/or computer) instead of hanging out in my sewing room. I shrugged off the guilt this weekend and got going on a present for a baby shower. Jenna's child care teacher is pregnant with her first and so I made her a fabric book. I bought this a long time ago and it was just waiting for a parent with the right sense of humor! I know that Ms. Fawn is that parent!

Friday night was not without its trials though, as I did all the sewing in assembly line fashion, just to discover when I went to turn the pages that I had done them all with the batting on the outside! Lots of ripping, but my Pandora station was playing great music, so I got over it!

On Saturday night, I had to work on blocks that are due to my bee-mate Barbara on Monday. I was trying to talk to my mom while I was putting the first few pieces on and got all the colors (ok, there are only two colors) out of order, so I had to start from scratch on them too! Once I got them going correctly (and got off the phone!), they went quickly. After I finished them, I settled into my bed for a long night of reading. I finished The Time Traveler's Wife. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. I may even have to rent the movie now when it comes out, but I wanted to read the book before I read the movie.

The best sewing day of the weekend though, was today! I started early this morning and made the sleeve for Jack's quilt, which is going to hang in our guild show in October. I will hand stitch it on tomorrow at bee. Then, I got the Perennial Pansies top sandwiched and stabilized. I stitched in the ditch around both of the borders, then put it aside so I can decide how I want to quilt it. After lunch, both kids took a nap at the same time (woo hoo!), so I got a quilt on the frame. I used a poinsettia and holly berries panto and got the whole thing done by early afternoon. I used Isacord on the top (it was nice and worked great, even though I was just told last week that I shouldn't use it in the HQ since it is a 2-ply thread instead of a 3-ply) and Bottom Line in the bobbin. It is my mom's and I handed it over to her earlier tonight. I have another tree skirt to make for us, that I have to get finished before we bring our tree into the house this year! The top is ready, so I just need to match up a backing. I am hoping to get to that in the next few weeks.

Next up, I need to put labels on all my quilts for the show. That should keep me busy in front of the tv this week! Hope you had just as productive a weekend!


jillquilts said...

That book looks adorable!! And your quilting with the panto is fantastic! I need to practice with mine a little more.

I totally know how you feel about sometimes 'abandoning' the sewing. I did that last week and have been slacking for a few weeks. I'm hoping that I'm past that now! :) Fingers crossed!!!

Gina said...

I love the book.

The quilting on the Christmas quilt looks great.

I've stopped feeling guilty about the time I don't spend quilting. After all it's my hobby so I refuse to feel presurised into sewing when I don't feel like it.
You got lots done in your non sewing time so I wouldn't worry too much

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Shellie said...

That's one of our favorite stories... that will be a treasured book.

Piwacket said...

Such a cute book! Wow, you have been really busy and productive...especially considering that you juggle a couple of children and a job into the mix. Color me impressed!