I'm amazed at how focused I am here and how much I have accomplished! I even managed a long walk. Anything can be accomplished when there are no distractions and you are motivated. Now, if I had brought all that missing fabric, I wouldn't be quite as far ahead, but I would have some more finished projects, but that's OK.
I managed to finish one of my UFO projects (due on Sunday), so I've saved myself a $10 penalty. I won't show you the homework yet, but suffice it to say that it's made of 2 1/2" squares, and YES, all the seams are twirled on the back.
|The twirled seams on my homework|
There is one more section to complete, and then that quilt top is done. It's been hanging around for almost 10 years, so I'll be happy to see the end of that one.
Then I dropped that in the car and got the next project. This one was completely cut and sitting on the current project table. Because of the incentive to finish the Quilts of Valour quilts, and this is a quilt for that organization, I wanted it done.
I designed the pattern for this one, and you can find it for sale on the Quilts of Valour website. It's pretty easy to do -- really making some hourglass blocks and adding borders, but the overall effect is pretty cool. You can use a panel, or the pattern has a substitute for the center. The pattern is called Beads and Baubles.
I was determined to finish the top last night, so it was a bit late when I went to bed, but that's OK. I was cutting the length for the final top and bottom borders, and this is ALL that was left. It was meant to be!
|The leftover from cutting the last two borders|
And here I am sewing the last seam.
|Sewing the last seam!|
And here it is!! This finishes at 60" by 72", which is my generous lap-size quilt, and I have to say that it went together like a dream, and everything measured out exactly as per the pattern, but trust me, I measured each of those borders as I went. The hourglass blocks were ALREADY prepped.
|The finished quilt top|
I have the backing fabric, so I'll make the backing today and the binding, which can go in the "to be quilted" pile when I get home. WOW!!! I was so excited to see a project from the current project table get completed!
There is one more project in the car, and I also have a small quilting project that is part of my UFO and then I'll hit the reserve bucket of projects in the car. There are enough small fiddly things to keep me busy for the rest of the retreat, and it'll be nice to get some of those done. Who knew I'd fly through the projects so quickly?
We had entertainment out the window of the sewing room AGAIN. This time there were four deer, and one was quite close to the house. Apparently, they were also eating in the front garden right by the front door!
|The deer in the backyard|
|The lone squirrel trying to entertain us|
|The fall colors|
|The donation box|
|The free library|
|Beautiful scenery along the way|
|The signpost at Seams Appropriate|
|Ronda's Cricut station|