It’s been a nice, relaxing weekend here at Chez Nana.
Yesterday was a rainy day … and what better way to spend a rainy day than to spend it sewing … so I spent a good chunk of the day in the sewing room. I have 7 of the 17 rows for DD’s chevron quilt in varying stages of completeness … I started by sewing blocks together to create pairs. I have 5 rows with 16 of the 17 blocks (8 pairs) … my plan is to sew all the pairs together and then add the 17th block to them all at one time. I also have 4 sets of 8 blocks (4 pairs) … all I need to do is to sew 2 sets together to create another 2 almost-complete rows. It’s not going quite as smoothly/quickly as I had hoped … I’m having some trouble getting the pieces to join together properly … most create perfect points but a few don’t … I rip out and try again … I’ll rip out twice but if the point still isn’t perfect, then I’m going to quote Mary Henderson and Ann Dease … if it looks good while riding by on a galloping horse, it’s perfect! I plan to wait until the rows are fully complete before I press the rows … my iron has an auto shut-off and it’s just too frustrating to have to continually turn on the iron and wait for it to heat back up … easier to just wait and press everything at one time.
When DD and I were discussing some design choices for her quilt, she mentioned the fabric she would like for the quilt back … she was hoping for a gray and white quatrefoil … alas, I wasn’t able to find any extra wide backing fabric. But I DID find some in standard width … and ordered 2 yards. I’m going to surprise her with a couple of throw pillows for their bed … it came yesterday. It’s not quite as brown as it appears in the picture.
After dinner, I spent some time piecing together blocks for my Martha Washington’s Flower Garden (MWFG). It’s slow going but it’s relaxing. And I’ve got plenty of other quilts to finish (DD’s chevron quilt and my Storm at Sea) and start (T#1’s spiral log cabin, T#3’s quilt [pattern undecided at this time], my miniature pineapple quilt, our Kiss quilt, my Nantucket quilt and my large-block pineapple quilt).
Some of those quilts are new to you all … Friday afternoon, I signed up for a quilting retreat. Those of you who’ve been reading for a while know of my long-time desire to be able to attend a “real” quilting retreat. And when The Quilted Fox offered another retreat (their November retreat is sold out and their February retreat conflicts with T#1’s birthday), I jumped at the chance. I won’t know a single quilter … on Sunday evening. Now I need to do a little shopping so I’ll have the fabric I need to be able to sew, sew, sew for 3+ days (no, I don’t plan to try to work on ALL of those quilts above … so far, I’m planning on working on both pineapple quilts, the Nantucket quilt, and T#1’s spiral log cabin).
Today, after church, DH and I headed over to Maggiano’s for lunch. Oh my … yum, yum, yum!! My taste buds wanted to finish my entrée, but I wisely chose to save a portion … DH ordered something from their buy one/take one home menu … I know what’s for dinner tomorrow night!
As soon as I wrap this up (pun intended), I’m going to link up over at Kathy’s Quilts.
And then I’m going to put in some more time with my needle and thread on my MWFG … out on the deck, I think, as it’s quite delightful outside this afternoon.
Have a blessed Sunday!