Sunday, November 20, 2011

Work In Progress Sunday

First of all, I have to say thank you to all of you have entered my giveaway and I found some more of the Basic Grey Christmas fabric to toss in the prize so it is even better!  You have until Thursday to enter!!!! So exciting!  But to my amazement, I have several 'no reply' bloggers entering so if you win, I cannot contact you.  Please check my post from yesterday so that you can make sure you are not a no reply blogger.

What have I been up to?

Yesterday, I went to sandwich the yellow vintage sheet quilt only to find the chunk of batting I had to use was not quite big enough.  Fiddlesticks!  Rather than cut into a new bunch of batting, I decided to add a piece to the batting to make it big enough.  I have this towering stack of batting bits that are either too small or not quite big enough.  I cut the edges with my rotary cutter to make them even and used that snazzy little stitch that looks like giant zigzags made up of little tiny stitches.  I don't know what it is called.  I put the 2 cut edges together and stitched the sides together.  It worked swimmingly.  And then the batting was the right size.  It made me feel clever and thrifty all at once.

Then I had this crazy idea to quilt the yellow vintage sheet quilt on the diagonal.  What was I thinking?  First of all the quilt is big.  I used the stitching guide thing that attaches to my walking foot but the bulk of the quilt once I got further into the quilting kept shifting the guide.  Curses.  Erg.  Drat.  Anyway.  I gave up on the guide and used copious quantities of masking tape to mark the lines.  It is not perfect but it still looks pretty cool.  I was able to use this as yet another piece of evidence that I may need to get a sewing machine with a longer arm.  He he he.  Tonight I will hand sew the binding.

And I worked on Mum's chair pad.  Four layers of batting and I am set to finish it up with some hand sewing too.  So much fun!

Husband has a chicken in the barbeque for dinner and strangely all of our chickens are lined up in the corner of their run glaring at the barbeque in the distance.  Silly chickens.  Don't worry, we never eat our chickens.

Have a lovely rest of your day!


  1. Looking good, so much fun to be able to get some sewing time in on the weekends.

  2. Hey thrifty one! Love the look of the new quilt - can't wait to see the whole thing!