Finished! Rainbow Brite Additions

22 10 2015

October Addition Complete

I finally completed attaching the borders to Rainbow Brite this morning. I’d set it aside for a couple of days, frustrated.

I’d made the mistake of assuming that the quilt top would be the same length on each side, and measured down the middle for 74.5″ inches. I made my borders to fit that measurement, and when I pinned them on in preparation to sew, I discovered that one side was 1/2″ short, while the other was 3″ short.


I was not prepared to take the central quilt panel apart in anyway – I’ve done that once already this swap – and I just don’t have that kind of time left in the month. I ended up replacing the sashing strips at either end of both borders, to make up the differences. Not a big deal (I guess?), but it makes me worry about the final product.

Regardless, it’s done, and I like my additions. If I had this quilt next month, I know exactly what I’d add, but this will be going to it’s last temporary home before returning to the original quilter at the end of November.


Fresh Sewing Day, October Edition

1 10 2013

September was not much of a sewing month for me. I couldn’t get my mojo going – too much stress from the start of the fall semester. I did manage to get myself into gear at the eleventh hour to get a some swap blocks made though:

Month of September
1. Granny Block Bee 27, 2. Granny Block Bee 28, 3. Granny Block Bee 29, 4. Granny Block Bee 30, 5. Maple Leaf, 6. Granny Block Bee 31, 7. Granny Block Bee 32, 8. Log Cabin 01, 9. Log Cabin 02

Buying a lot of blue to stash this month was apparently a good idea. It’s been a hotly requested color. Now I have to resist the urge to buy as much chartreuse as I can lay my fingers on.

I also managed to skip right past a sort of milestone… I hit 300 posts on this blog. Mind you, I’ve gone and switched from one blogging platform to another, but it’s been 300 posts, all of which were transferred to WordPress. It’s funny. I never thought I have all that much to say – I suppose, though, that I do tend to have a lot to show you.

In other milestones, on 02 October 2013, I will have been married for nine years. I’ve spent eleven years with my husband, nearly six of which have been spent raising the funniest, sweetest, and most social little boy. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we’re making it stick.

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30 09 2013

I’ve been slacking in the sewing department, something fierce. I just haven’t had the urge to sew, so I haven’t.

Buying fabric on the other hand… I’ve done a lot of that, and I really should take photos of this month’s purchases to shame myself into stopping. This retail therapy thing might be a little out of hand. Thank goodness we past the craziness of the start of the fall semester.

Anyway, I realized that it’s nearly the end of September, and that I needed to get moving on swap blocks, so I’m not behind for October. I’d been a little delayed, regardless, because I needed blues, desperately, and had placed an online order. Good thing I did, too, because one of the swap queens for October also requested blues.

Granny Block Bee 29

Granny Block Bee 30
requested the blue Granny blocks in September that sent me on my initial quest for blues. She wanted blues in lights, mediums and darks to be represented in each block.

Granny Block Bee 32

Granny Block Bee 31For October, Rachael requested blocks done in blue and green, inspired by Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane fabric line. As I said, I really needed those blues that I ordered.

Maple Leaf

Jacqueline requested Maple Leaf blocks to celebrate the changing of seasons into fall, and provided fat quarters of autumn-ish fabrics. I whipped up the above block with the fabric she provided.

I still owe one block for September, and at least one request for October to fill, now that the the queen for that month has sent her fabrics out. I’m hoping to get through those by the end of this week. We’ll see if I can keep my momentum up, now that I’ve actually sat in front of the sewing machine.

Fresh Sewing Day, October Edition

1 11 2012
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October was very nearly a no-sew month – I just wasn’t mentally on board with my projects, and then I had terrifically unproductive sewing day with Sandi of Piecemeal Quilts. Still, I took a few days off last week, and managed to get my butt in gear on the Botanical BOM. I also managed to do four swap blocks and started a group of place mats. Still no photos of the Made in Cherry top – I really, really need to have some friends over to help with the photography of that beast.

Month of October Sewing

1. Placemat Play, 2. Carla_1, 3. Carla_2, 4. Centennial Tree, 5. Corn and Beans,
6. Jack in the Pulpit, 7. Feather_01, 8. Feather_02, 9. Dutch Rose, 10. Magnolia Bud,
11. Posy Chain, 12. Straw Flower, 13. Tree of Temptation,
14. George Washington’s Birthday Tree, 15. Botanical BOM – Final Layout

My goal is to have the Botanical BOM top finished in time for November’s Stitch ‘n’ Bitch. I’m also hoping to get the Baskets BOM top quilted and finished by the end of November. If I’m super strict with myself, I’ll have two tops quilted up by the beginning of December. Also, I’m going to be optimistic and plan to have my place mats done before Thanksgiving, but I know me. I’ll be nicely distracted by another shiny, new project.

Expect more in the next month. I’m determined to finish some stuff. Like, really finish it.

Fresh Sewing Day, October 2011 Edition

1 10 2011

It’s the beginning of the month, and I thought I would start sharing the culmination of the previous month’s sewing from now on. Mostly so that I can look at my lack of progress and kick myself in the butt to do more.

My sewing time is aggravatingly limited – working two jobs will do that. But I am working on stuff, which is a lot more than can be said for previous months.

I can actually say that I had a finish last month, which is pretty amazing. I’m back on the Farmer’s Wife blocks. Today, I’m starting the Kona Solids Challenge. I didn’t work on my Double Wedding Ring at all; shame on me! I did clean up my sewing room, which has facilitated sewing.
Mrgh… I look at my progress for September, and it feels pretty meager… I’m going to go sew something now.