It has been a busy couple of days and I haven't really had a chance to respond to e-mails or get a lot of sewing done. And my TO DO list is getting longer and out of control!!! I think my priority today though will be to call Roger's about the new modem/router which is NOT good. The service is much worse than what we had before so of course when the family wasn't happy before - they certainly are NOT in good humour about the situation. And I have to agree with them - the internet is S L O W.
So you remember this quilt from yesterday - just needed the machine stitching done on the applique shapes in the top right and bottom left corners.
|Simple Country Sampler|
|But not before I had to deal with a bent needle|
|The backing is done.|
The only thing left is to finish that stitching on the applique in the top right and of course the binding. More on that in a moment.
At Monday this past week - I worked on this project. This one started out as a table runner. It was a kit that I purchased from Barb. There was a LOT of excess fabric in the kit so I kept making blocks. Then Susan said she had the same kit, had made the table runner and had lots of fabric left over and she gave the scraps to me. I was able to make the area outlined in black on the quilt below.
|Outlined section made from one table runner kit and leftovers from another|
I still had a few small pieces left and the quilt wasn't quite as big as I wanted so I took the leftovers from the Simple Country Sampler and used them to make the rest of the blocks. As you can see - the two quilts are somewhat similar in colour.
|Similar colour scheme|
I got all the blocks pieced at Monday and most of them stitched together, but I was so fired up that I continued when I got home. But not without some difficulty. See - I sewed that piece on the wrong side of the quilt!!!!
Next up was the last border. Hmmm - I should make them 4 1/2". OH NO - when I pulled out the fabric from the project box - the borders were already cut into strips. 6 1/2" wide.
|Border strips already cut|
Hmmm - I had better check how much binding I have. You see - I had already made the binding. When I measured it - I was short THIRTY inches. Really????? I NEVER do something stupid like this but obviously I did!!!!
There is a lesson to be learned here - NEVER cut the borders until you are ready to put them on. Make sure you have enough fabric for the binding and borders before you cut!!!!!
|This is all the fabric I have left. I am good, but not that good that I can squeeze thirty inches of binding from this.|
We have a problem and let's see what we can do to fix it.
Plan A - shop Chez Elaine
|Whipped out the purple fabrics and NOPE - nothing that comes close|
Plan B - get the information from the selvedges and shop on-line
|Buggy Barn Basics Pattern #7098 Colour?????|
|Hmmmm - that looks too purple for me|
|Again - too purple|
|Hmmm - this one is not purple, they call it plum. Hmmmm - is my fabric plum????|
Plan C - call a couple of stores that I know that carry this fabric and see what they have. Store A - no Buggy Barn left. Store B - yes they have that colourway, but in a different pattern than the stars.
|See the fabric isn't really purple|
Plan D - I have enough of the star fabric binding to bind the smaller quilt with the applique or I could make that binding (it will also be purple) with fabric left over from making the project. Then I could purchase the same colourway, different pattern to finish off this quilt. Hmmmmmmmm - I am going to think about that today to see what I will end up doing.
|The binding challenged quilt|
I love having options and I love trying to solve this kind of mess which is no one's fault but my own. Oh - there is a Plan E - I suppose and that is to remember where I bought that purple fabric - I bought it recently (within last 6 months) and get more. That is why I need to mull this over in my head for a day or two before I take action.
On that note - I am off to get stuff done today.
Have a great day!!!!!!
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