Yesterday was International Quilting Day. Did you get much sewing done? Joie from the Facebook sewing group, Just Us Quilters, organized a sew-in for all of us and provided a Jelly Roll pattern which was awesome…way better than the last one I’d found! We posted our progress throughout the day and got lots of encouragement from one another. If you’re on Facebook, come check us out. They’ll let anybody participate…hey, they let ME in!!
I started sewing at 8 a.m. and made my last stitch about 11:00 p.m., pausing to make an excursion to the bookstore. It was a sacrifice, but I did it and spent money just so it wasn’t a total waste of time. Midway through the sewing extravaganza, Somebody’s Brother (the machine, not a person), died and couldn’t be resusitated even with Mama working on it so I switched back to Lennie who is ever faithful. There’s nothing like trying times to make a girl appreciate her tried and true fella. Yes, Lennie’s undergone some sort of identity change and is now male. Mostly because he doesn’t give me any crap and does what I tell him. See…male. A girl would get all cranky and hormonal and lay a whoopin’ on me. I had a few problems with cantankerous bobbins and did my share of the frog stitch but cursed and perservered (okay, mostly cursed) through it all. It was a real hassle to pause for meals and potty breaks. You have no idea how much time those endeavors waste! I briefly thought of suiting up in a Depends like that whackadoodle NASA chick, but a sane girl’s gotta draw the line somewhere, right? I finished up four, yes four, quilt tops; two from Jelly Rolls; two from Honeybuns.
Here’s my first finish. At first, I thought about adding borders but now that I look at it, I’m not so sure. I’m thinking a chocolate brown binding will do the trick. Opinions, anyone?
The second finish, after the Somebody’s Brother debacle, was…
Throughout the day, Lulu the Coward, could be found under the sewing table doing her best to hide from a group of evil men roofing the house behind us.
For such a large beastie, she certainly is a wuss. The dog detests strangers!
My final two finishes used a couple of Honeybuns, those 1 1/2″ wide strips. I’ve christened them The Ugly Stepsisters.
Confession time: I violated everything I’ve ever said about children and electronics and time limits just so I could sew my ass off all day long. His Awesomeness was umbilically attached to his X Box, racing to the death in hopped up sports cars or killing off bad guys who desperately needed to meet a grisly end. The Diva was ensconced in my room partaking of hour after hour of Jessie and Shake It Up. Just so I could crank up Joan Jett and ZZ Top and lay down some stitches. It was totally worth it. And I don’t feel guilty in the least.
I told Himself if I’d had any more fun I would’ve been doing something potentially immoral and possibly illegal. He gave me the stink-eye and went back to James Bond. But those with the quilting bug know what I’m talking about!