Chickadee Stitches

DAGMT: the continuing saga…. February 19, 2013

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My first pieced quilting effort!

My first pieced quilting effort!

I can’t believe it’s been since February 4 since I wrote last (and thanks to everyone who shared a kind word after my last post). Things have improved a lot over the last couple of weeks. But I’ve had to prioritize: packing the seemingly never ending school lunches, dropping and doing my 20, working on my friend’s apron, taking care of a leak in the master bath resulting in an ugly hole in the main floor ceiling, needing to read my book for book club next week (not started yet, but downloaded onto kobo), taking a girls weekend to a cottage with a hot tub (a definite priority), catching a cold that knocked me out for a day and a half….well, I just didn’t make the time to blog.

So, what have I done since February 4 with my quilting commitment? Lets start with the easy stuff: I downloaded and watched a couple of Craftsy lessons–one on quilt backs, another on free motion quilting (almost finished that one) and re-watched Amy Gibson do her binding thing about 10 more times. Have I mentioned that I love Craftsy? And Amy? Well I do. Just sayin’.

Re the binding issue: I actually finished my placemat, the one that was giving me trouble–I bound it during the girl’s weekend. Hey, it’s okay, I needed to de-prune after so many hours in the hot tub anyway:) I finished piecing 3 more placemats, quilted and attached the binding to 2 more. I still need to finish hand sewing the binding to these two. I got: Actual. Sharp. Needles. Yesterday. Yeah. Actual Sharp Needles. That’s a big deal. A really great big deal:) So this should help make that little task less horrible.

I got my Salt Air fat quarters in the mail AND finally found a 12.5 inch square. I hunted sewing supply stores online and in person since about the first of January and hadn’t been able to find the 12.5 inch square. My better half heard me talking about not being able to get one and he says, ‘Uh, I think they might have those at Michael’s…’ I can only assume he knows this because he was shopping for me at Christmas…..Anyway, I went to Michael’s and got my square. My guy is a genius.

So, armed with the square and the Salt Air bundle, tonight I spent 2.5 hours making my first block from Amy’s block of the month for 2012. I started with June, a modern 9-patch greek cross. It’s lovely, it’s gorgeous….but it’s not exactly lined up the way I want it, and it’s about a quarter inch too skinny on one side. I haven’t decided what I will do with it, whether I’ll cut it down a bit and use it as a placemat or if I’ll rip it apart and start over. Regardless, I was very pleased with how it looked. I love the Salt Air.saltair

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