That Lexi - she is sure persistent - when she wants to blog - she gets right in there. I see no other choice, but to make her OWN blog!!!! So that should happen soon I hope. I have so much sitting in draft mode to blog about for myself that we don't have room to share!!!! What a silly girl!!!!
So what have I been working on? The lady who sits on things all year long - I believe they call that procrastination. By the way - I heard the best quote the other day regarding procrastination. It went something like this "If I did everything when I was supposed to, I would have nothing to do tomorrow." OK - so that wouldn't be the case at my house, but I like it!!!
Yes - it's Christmas season and as usual - I am quilting stuff for customers, making quilts and generally being an idiot for leaving things so late. However - the good news is that I finished the last customer quilt yesterday (of those I commited to getting done before Chrismtas). There are still a few left and at the rate I've been going - those should be done by the end of the year? Maybe not quite as I have two of my own that I would like to quilt. And let's not forget the ones that I still have to make or finish! (YES - before Christmas). Don't go there.
|Customer quilt - DONE|
I finished another one the other day, but the picture hasn't been edited yet - you'll have to wait for that.
So to be realistic - of the FIVE that I am supposed to be making for Christmas, probably three will actually get completed - no wait - make that four!!! Not bad considering a couple are not started yet. I did buy fabric yesterday!!!
Here's how to make a T-shirt quilt - don't try this at home (leaving things to the last minute) until you are absolutely certain you know what you are doing.
Speaking of which - the T-shirt quilt was supposed to be on the long-arm this morning - nope it is not. What happened??? Well I made a bad decision yesterday and against my better judgement and well - let's just chalk it up to thinking I'm better than I really am.
When I went to quilt that customer quilt yesterday, I decided to use a different thread than I normally do. Now I know that I can get a perfect tention every time using my regular thread. NO - I wanted to try a different color that wasn't my usual brand. And guess what???? Yep - I had to do some ripping. I just couldn't get the tension right. Too tight - too loose. Let's just say that I was a tad miffed. That set me back about 5 hours. I know - who makes a stupid decision like that when there is a time crunch.
Suffice it to say - the quilt is trimmed and ready for pick-up today - perfect tension with the regular thread. I did get some work done on the T-shirt quilt and give me about two hours - maybe three and that quilt should be on the long arm, ready to quilt.
Let's have a look at what the situation looked like a couple of days ago. Last Monday at Monday Mania - I took my scissors to the T-shirts and hacked them up to get all the useable stuff off of them.
Here's the ball of T-shirt stuff.
|T-shirts - let's lay them out to see what we have|
|Lots of bright colors - nice selection|
|Some T-shirts came "pre-marked"|
|Final layout - stabilizer added to about half|
|Row Two is on the wall|
|Rows one, three, four and five are laid out -|
Row One is ready to sew together the moment I hit PUBLISH on this blog post. The other rows need to be trimmed and then sewn together. No sashing keeps it simple. I did have to add a couple of spacers in this quilt but I just used "empty" T-shirt material in the color that I needed.
The flannel backing is washed and ready to go. Notice what I chose????? One of Northcott's NEW Stonehenge Gradations in flannel. These flannels are to die for. And just in case you are wondering - NO - I did not get this flannel from work. I paid for it at Ruti's just like you would. It would be a tad unethical to get something get something from work for free and resell it to a customer. Plus I still need to support my local quilt stores or I won't have a job!!!
|Northcott - Stonehenge Flannel Gradations|
So - it's time to go to work!!! Oh my god - the more quilts that I get quilted (and the fact that not much is coming back in right now - don't worry - there is still tons to be done) - the light is fast getting bigger at the end of the tunnel. I have a feeling that when I finish with this tunnel that I'm going to turn a corner and be right back at square one, but with a different category!!!!! Never mind - as I work my way out of the maze that is called my studio - I'm a happy camper.
And I'm going to take at least ONE day between Christmas and New Years to just have fun and sew on something that doesn't have a deadline - right Ronda???
Let's see - I watched a movie last night - Trainwreck - pretty funny, but I was madly sewing binding on one of the quilts that is due for Christmas. Got about 1/4 done in 2 hours while watching a movie - that is good for me. Don't worry - I didn't sacrifice quality. And I finished ANOTHER damn book. Oh yes - don't feel sorry for me and my nightmare schedule - I'm getting PLENTY of ME time in there. Plus I technically only have to go to work on Monday so I could potentially have THREE whole days before Christmas to work on stuff. Plus today - loads of time!!!!!
I must tell you about the book I finished. I wasn't going to, but it was due back at the library. Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg - The Scam. I do NOT know why I continue to read that series - it is just way too far out there. I don't even enjoy them - I do enjoy the Stephanie Plum series, but this one - well it is just too much for me. Thank god I did NOT buy the book but got it from the library instead.
On that note - it's time for me to hit PUBLISH and get to the sewing machine and then the long arm.
Have a great day!!!!!