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This weekend was easy. I only worked about 4 hours completing the piecing of the quilt top and about an hour helping my nephew Mike build the stand for hand quilting. Tomorrow I have to take care of my daughter’s car but then I will paint the quilt stand so I can set it up on Tuesday to start the quilting process. I’m really happy with the way the quilt top turned out and I think my daughter will be very happy with it. I’m very excited about starting the next one. I now know why quilters say that they have a million quilts in their heads and not enough time to get them all out. I would love to have the stand to machine quilt with but I don’t have enough room for it. As soon as the next daughter moves out I’m turning her room into a craft room with a large machine quilting rack. Maybe I could move all the girls into one room now and have two rooms for my crafts! Wow that’s a thought!
I’ll be posting more pictures this week because I’m off from work all week. Keep checking back and don't forget to check out the new pictures. :0)
I decided to rip out the seams of the blocks going the wrong direction. I couldn’t stop thinking that I would regret not doing it after I finished. It wasn’t that big of a deal and now I’m ready to put them back together the right way. I know I’ll be happy latter that I did it. The trick with the star pattern is every finished square has to have the same color in the bottom corner. As long as they are all the same it looks like a star burst. You can change the pattern and make every-other one different and then the finished two blocks together will create a diamond in the middle.
I plan on having the front pieced together this weekend. My nephew is building me a quilt frame Saturday (I will post pictures) and I should be able to start quilting next week. I took next week off to catch up on some things around the house and I should be able to get quite a bit done on the quilt too.
I will update you on Sunday with pictures of the new rack and my progress on quilt #1.
"To me success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection. In fact, success represents 1% of your work that results from the 99% that is called failure."
-- Soichiro Honda
So I worked 8 hours on Saturday and 10 on Sunday. My back is killing me, my children were stuck fending for themselves but I loved every minute of it! Most of Saturday was spent cutting and sewing these tiny little 1 inch triangles together so after 8 hours of that I thought I would move to larger triangles on Sunday. After several hours of math trying to figure out how many triangles would fit the 30 ½ inches I finally just gave up and went for it (Bad idea). So now I’m stuck piecing together add ons to try and make them fit. Also, I wanted the finished squares to look like star burst but for some reason they don’t all look the same (I can’t figure out why!) I don’t think I have the stomach to rip out all those seems so I may just keep them the way they are, she will never know and it adds character. Just another lesson learned…
A few hints to make life easier; Switch to an extra large exercise ball to sit on instead of a chair. It helps with posture and your butt won’t go numb after 10 hours. Make sure you have a TV or computer to watch movies on while you work. It’s a great way to catch up on a series you’ve missed. Give the children so many choirs it will be impossible for them to finish. They will hide from you most of the day so you won’t ask how much they’ve accomplished. You will have a lot more uninterrupted sewing time.
This week I need to pick up another 2 yard of material and the batting. My goal is to have everything sewn together at the end of next weekend so I can start the quilting process.
Check out the pictures on the picture page.
I’m a self-proclaimed obsessive compulsive hobbyist! Any hobby I decide to take on becomes an obsession. I Google it, buy books and magazines about it; research, research, research!!! I spend so much time researching, I probably could have finished the project if I would have spent the same amount of time on the actual activity. I do this with everything, especially if I put the word “Challenge” into the proclamation. So, now is the true test… I need to build some blocks tomorrow to go around the 1st center block. I’m up for the “challenge” wish me luck!
"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
-- Johann von Goethe