Oh my --- what great fun we had at the virtual retreat! We had a great visit with Jenny from Australia, where it's winter! But not like our winter. And there was the usual gang of misfits! OK - maybe I was the only misfit? No, I don't think so. I love that we all get along and have some wonderful conversations, and we learn so much from each other.
The conversations are entertaining, and you can just listen, especially when you have an ugly job to do. Before I went to retreat last week, I had an issue with a customer quilt. There was an open seam, and the long arm did NOT like that. I didn't realize the pattern had been bumped out of position as a result, so about four feet of quilting had to be ripped out. I've been putting that job off -- well, I was away, so I couldn't fix it. I decided that I needed to get that fixed to get the quilt off the machine and work on others.
I did not unload the quilt but loosened it considerably and got an extra light so I could see and a chair. It is back-breaking work to rip out something, and it takes hours. Let's just say that the tension on those stitches was perfect, and the thread was an exact match to the back, so it was hard to rip out. Yes -- it was a customer issue, but it was also my fault for not checking and resetting the pattern after the problem happened.
|Ripping out some stitches|
|The quilt is ready to be finished|
OK -- so let's revisit the second flannel quilt that I have to work on. My original plan was to make FOUR panels -- the same panel in the center of the snowman quilt, and I laid out what I had already done and realized that that would make the quilt HUGE.
|Sections of a flannel quilt|
Then I decided to do the math. 14 squares across the top by 2½" finished gives me a width of 35 inches. If I double that -- it's 70 inches. That's too wide for a lap quilt, so I can't make four panels and be done with it. It's a good thing I laid it out and paid attention to what I was doing. So instead, I'll make a second panel (I still have to fix that star) which will go on the bottom. I'll add one extra row of squares to that panel to give me a length of 72½". Then, I'll add 10 squares from top to bottom on the right-hand side, making a quilt of 60 by 72½" or less. I thought the squares were 2" finished, not 2½". DUH!!!!
I went back to my inventory of flannel squares and decided that I only needed to cut about 80 squares, not hundreds, to make that happen. Yeah!!!
I put all that flannel away, except for the blue, which I need to cut. And this is the cutting table this morning.
|The cutting table|
Since I spent so much time ripping out that quilting, I didn't get a lot done - not at least what I can show you now. Oh shoot -- I'll show you what I did yesterday. Anyway -- I'll keep plugging away at the things on the cutting table, and I will get it all done! Slow and steady.
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So what else did I get done yesterday? One more section of the chunk of the month is DONE! This was the one that I started at the retreat and then couldn't proceed because I didn't know the direction in which to press the seams, and I ran out of cut triangles.
|Section 4 of the Chunk of the Month|
|The back with twirled seams|
|The chunk of the month quilt so far|
I've prepped section 5, and I might just continue to sew it, especially on Monday Sewing. Otherwise, I have embroidery and quilting to do when I'm on my own, and I'll see how it goes. There's also a lot of trimming on that cutting table, and I should get it done.
I went out through that new exit in the mall the other day. It's a massive wide hallway on the side of the mall with absolutely nothing in it but a set of washrooms. There was supposed to be a movie theatre, but then the pandemic hit, and I've no idea what they are going to do in the renovated section.
|The new exit at the mall|
|Potential green space at the mall?|
|Cup holder in the grocery cart|
|Quilt magazines are on the bottom shelf|
Well, it's ridiculous o'clock for most of you, but I'm now off to spin class at the gym. I'll edit this when I get back so it can get posted on time!
Have a super day!!!