Yesterday was an interesting day. More interesting than most because it seemed that whatever I touched - it was a challenge.
First off - we had a "major" snow storm. It wasn't a huge amount of snow, but it was significant and severely affected traffic. It was Thursday Therapy (sewing day) and I wasn't going to miss it!!!! So after a detour to the GO station to drop off DH, I was on my way to the church. Yep - those two trips took almost 1 1/2 hours!!!! But I was calm, I was relaxed!!!!
I arrived safely at the church - so challenge number one of the day DONE!!!! I had no idea who else would show up at the church and if I ended up there by myself - well that would be fine by me since I never seem to get much done at home.
|Show outside the church yesterday morning|
|Snow in my backyard this morning!!!!|
It wasn't long before I had company! Maria arrived and shortly after that Susan arrived. THREE troopers or are we just certified crazy???? I had to take this picture because we EACH had our Chubby Charmer bags. That we were using - not making!!!!
|Chubby Charmer bags - mine, Maria's, Susan's|
By the way - if you want to make your own Chubby Charmer bag - the pattern is by QuiltsIllustrated, Inc. It really is a fabulous bag and I have several more to make. Yikes - supposed to be making one TODAY. I will be teaching the Chubby Charmer at Sew Sisters. I have the date - just not handy.
Time to get to work. I decided that I have TONS of quilts that are almost complete and I should start getting them done. I took TWO quilts with me that needed borders, binding and backing or some combination thereof. (And when I am done those two - there are two tubs and two laundry baskets more of quilts in the same state!!!! Need I say more!)
I had this I Spy quilt - it needed TWO borders. I grabbed the red fabric and OH MY - the strips for the border are already cut!!! This is easy. Get that border on and grab the next fabric. Yep - even with two squares cut out of the piece, I should be able to cut 6 1/2" strips and have enough for the border. Cut, measure, sew - three sides on. Measure the fourth - ACK - NOT long enough!!!!!!! Now what??????
I looked at what was left for scraps and well - I managed to eek out enough to finish off the border. I had to "make up" about 12 inches of fabric.
|Finished quilt top|
|Close up of the PIECED corner. There are about 6 seams in that corner - can you see them?????|
|This is the reverse side. Do you see the seams?????|
Nope - that was a PERFECT fabric to do that with!!!!!
And what did I have left????
Then onto the backing. I had two pieces and had to join them width wise to get started. When I laid it out - NO NO NO - this won't do!!!! See that seam right in the middle????? That row of dinosaurs is VIBRATING!!!!
|Much better seam join!!!!|
I did have to piece the backing fabric one more time and I didn't have enough to mess with matching the join - but that is OK. It is a kids quilt after all.
And hours later - the darn thing was done - the backing, the two borders AND the binding (which isn't in the picture below) But was made out of the red of which there was about a half a meter left.
|Backing, borders and binding - DONE|
Time to move to the next project. This one needed borders and the binding done. The backing will be plush which is on the bolt and I will cut when it goes on the long arm. Hmmm - maybe I should cut it now????
Well - I had a piece of blue and I measured, did some calculations (with the calculator no less) and then cut, measure, sew and got the border on!!!! I love it!!! Thanks to the Northern Lights class at Sew Sisters for helping me with the fabric choices. I think they did a BRILLIANT job at choosing the fabrics!!!
|Northern Lights quilt (pattern by Marti Michelle) Taught at Sew Sisters|
Then onto the binding. CRUD!!!! I am short by about 20 inches!!!!!!!!! I guess I was supposed to cut the borders 4 inches - NOT four 1/2". DUH!!!!! What to do - what to do?????? I decided to piece the scraps that I had left over and added on the pieced section to the binding and NOW - there is enough!!!
|Pieced section of the binding!!!!|
|And this is all that was left - two small strips!!!!!|
To keep me company, Susan was having a challenge with this tree skirt. The directions were not the best. Let's just leave it at that!!!!
|Susan's tree skirt - very cool colour combo!!!!!|
She was making these cute little snap bags to go with the duffle bags she finished on Monday. Notice how they all match!!!!!
|Maria's snap bags|
|The matching duffle bags!!!!!|
Don't you just want to be on her Christmas list!!!!
Hmmm - if I had my stuff pre-cut would I have encountered the same problem??? I know that if I were doing that at home - I probably wouldn't have finished both of those quilts so I was glad I did it there. No - I like having the challenge! Makes it way more fun!!!!
Anyway - in the even that you want to know about the pattern for the Snap Bags - it is by Stitchin Sisters.
|Snap Happy bags.|
We all stayed until the normal time to leave. Yes - we are die hards. We were hoping the snow would have stopped by then - it was supposed to, but NO it was still snowing when we left although the roads were not as bad as the morning. There was supposed to be a guild meeting, but I was so tired from the day that I didn't want to venture out again knowing that it would take over one hour to get to the meeting. So I stayed home and tackled yet another challenge.
I had a customer quilt to finish and YES - it is done.
|However it had fleece for the backing so that had to be carefully loaded (I loaded it the night before)|
|Not only was it fleece, but it was DOUBLE fleece - orange on one side, red on the other. Very heavy|
|And then it had a big flange on it that I will NOT quilt over flanges any more.|
|And it had a white cotton bat so there was white batting fluff everywhere!!!!!!|
|Plus at one point - there was a seam in that double fleece!!!!!|
However despite all that - the quilt is done and ready for the customer to pick up!!!!!
Let's just say that I was happy to sit down with my knitting which wasn't a challenge despite the fact that I had to look up how to do a M1 purlwise. Oh yes - that was easy!!!!!
On that note - I have a bit of stuff to do before knit club this morning.
Have a great day!!!!!!!!