Hmmmmm - the weather was beautiful - there are four bikes in the garage begging to be taken out for a ride. I got a garden that is screaming - weed me and distribute that bag of mulch in the driveway. The backyard swing was very inviting, BUT I decided to stay indoors and do something for my Mom!!!!!
And this is how my day went - even when I try to be nice to my Mom - she caused me no end of problem!!! Wait until you see what happened................
When I was home in February, my Mom gave me a number of quilt tops that she had made a LONG LONG time ago. She gave them to me to quilt. I thought that Mother's Day was a perfect day to quilt one of them. I grabbed the scrappy one - with the squares of fabric that I recognize - well at least some of them and that got loaded onto the machine.
|Mom's scrappy quilt|
|Went to the batting closet and after quickly browsing the labeled pieces of batting, I was able to find four pieces that would be big enough for the quilt|
|Joined those four pieces, measured and OOOPS - not big enough. OK - so math was never my strong point. Back to the closet and two more pieces of batting|
|Those little labels that get pinned on the batting pieces are a brilliant idea!!!|
|Despite all that - I still short changed myself on one side of the batting!!!!!! Not to worry - I just cut off a peice that was hanging on another side and used the interfacing and fused as I went to fill in the hole.|
Let's say that I NEVER do that with a customer quilt. But for my own quilts - I have no problem to join batting. It is an excellent way to use up scraps. And I got rid of SIX pieces. Once I get this quilt trimmed - there won't be much left. I'll show you tomorrow.
While I was ironing the quilt top I found a little treasure. Well not as exciting as a US feedsack, but if you look closesly at this next photo - can you see it????
|Right in the middle of this picture- in washed out blue ink - it says 20 LB. Obviously a feed sack, but we did not have fancy feed sacks in Canada like they did in the US. I thought that was neat.|
So I knew that one end of the quilt was a bit wonky - I loaded the quilt and then thought I had better deal with it otherwise I will be trimming off a bit of quilt.
|See - two rows were short|
|And at the other end three rows were too long|
Oh yes - it would have been so easy to have fixed this BEFORE I loaded the quilt. I even contemplated taking if off the machine. Then I had a brain storm. I cut off the excess from the one end and resewed it to the short end - all while it was on the long arm.
|The new piece sewed to the short end (right through all layers with the long arm)|
|Flipped back into place|
|Edge basted and ready to quilt - VOILA - problem solved and took only a few minutes|
|And that is what was left for batting at the end!!!!! You can see that I was working with all different lengths|
|And at last - the quilt is quilted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|My Mom likes flowers so I used a floral pattern to quilt it with|
|Nice cosy flannel from the stash on the back|
|And the binding? Well - I will just pull scraps from my binding scrap bin - join the pieces together and then get that sewn on.|
I still have to trim the quilt and will try to get that done today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So Happy Mother's Day Mom!!!!!!! I spent a good part of the day cursing you but the bottom line - the quilt got done. I had fun and lots of memories. Oh - and I spent a long time on the phone chatting to Mom and one of my aunts! It was an awesome day and the girls and I went for a nice walk to enjoy the weather.
Have an awesome day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!