Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas (CGQC)


I had a fun weekend. My mom and I both took sewing projects to our friend's house. We stayed up late both Friday and Saturday evening sewing, during the day we did a bit of shopping and enjoyed a meal out. I worked on my Isn't Christmas Jolly quilt kit. I do LOVE the end project, but I had several snags as I sewed along.

First, I wasn't fond of a replacement fabric in my kit. It was for this checkered interior border that I did make (but when you read on, I ended up ripping it off). I did not realize they had changed the fabric when I bought it. I wanted red. I had bright yellow. You know how I love red!

Then when I finished all of those awful geese, my geese were too short on every side to line up properly. So I ripped off the green.yellow.checkered.border that I didn't like in the first place.

Luckily, my friend was VERY helpful. Figuring math and changing a pattern is not always a stronge point for me....let me say quite loud and clear, had it not been for her I would have stuffed the dang project back in the UFO bin where it was clearly destined to be. We managed to salvage and I do say salvage the scrap green and white fabric from around the panel piece to make a smaller border to allow the geese to fit perfectly.

I HATE geese. Correction, I like the look of flying geese, but I hate making them. My hat goes off to Mary who recently made that huge geese quilt. I have no intentions of ever sewing them again. I think they are very boring and tedious. All I can say is...those geese about flew south. That's all I am saying.

I had a few other uneven sewing problems. THEN at the very end, right when I dared to think "THANK GOODNESS THIS IS ALMOST OVER"...I ran out of border fabric. WHAT YOU SAY? OH yes, I did. Luckily, I had some scraps left...enough to make some cornerstones and it worked out okay. I am so glad that it is done and I do love it, I think all of the changes I had to make do compliment it well.

What a saga. Good thing Santa is so cute.

More to come later this week...I have to post my wonderful quilt from our quilt swap...just wait to you see the cutie that Michelle made for me!

10 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Well, hopefully, all that suffering will make it all the more special to you LOL! It looks great!

Michelle said...

I love it! You did a great job considering the speed bumps.

PunkiePie said...

Despite all the troubles, it's adorable. Use it or display it proudly during the holiday season.

Jackie said...

Even with all the reconfiguring, it turned out just gorgeous!! I am sure it will brighten your holidays.

joan said...

You would never tell there were snags along the way.... glad it didn't end up in the UFO ..what a lovely piece for the season..Santa will love it.

Allie said...

That is so darling - I would never have known that you had all those problems! Congratulations on such a sweet finish!

Carol said...

So cute! I hear ya about frustrating sewing projects. I wouldn't have liked the bright yellow either. I'm glad your friend helped you and saved this cute ME quilt from being stuffed in the UFO bin.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It is great to sew with friends and also that Santa is so cute!! It turned out adorable! Good for you for hanging in there 'til the end.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Well, the quilt is beautiful. No one would ever know you had so much trouble with it.

Cheryl said...

Glad you hung in there with your quilt...it is great!!!! Nothing like a few road blocks here and there.