Friday, January 29, 2010

Just HAD to finish it!!

Here it is.  I spent a little over an hour re-piecing and ironing it all back together.  I had some other little incidental problems to fix along the way becuase of the whole ripping and re-piecing bit, but it turned out just as I wanted it to... and it is done.  (Well except for the batting and backing and binding...  I will get that done soon enough since I do not like UFO's (unfinished Objects for those non-quilters out there...)). 

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Totally messed up!

I was working on finishing the top of my snowball quilt tonight.  I had just finished ironing the last bit of the second border when I realized that I had totally screwed up!!!  One row of my snowballs was perfectly wrong!  The green snowballs were aligned with the green, and the cream snowballs with the cream. How in the world did I not notice that before??  I had spent time working on it, but obviously paid NO attention.
I knew immediately that I would not be able to live with such a major flaw, so I decided to fix it.  I figured I could take out a row, make another cream block to add to the row, and carefully piece it back together.  I proceeded to rip out an entire row.  It wasn't until I had ripped out the row that I realized that I had ripped out the WRONG row!!  Ahhhh  how did I do that?  Am I totally loosing my brain?  I then had to rip out the correct row.  Then I began to rip out the end block of the row that needed fixing, and I started ripping out the wrong block... seriously... what is wrong with me?
Needless to say, I am done in for tonight.  Sewing it all back together will need to wait for another day.  Tomorrow maybe?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Beauty From Ashes

While getting back to work on my snowball quilt I found that I had cut a bunch of squares too small, and was thus left with a bunch of triangles that were too small.  I didn't really want to keep the now "scraps" around, so I proceeded to pitch them in the circular file.  (Actually my file is more rectangle, but you know what I am talking about...)  Then it occurred to me that I should not be wasting the precious fabric (waste not, want not..) so I dug them out and decided to turn them into something beautiful.  And I immediately knew who I would make the something beautiful for... my dear friend and fellow quilter, Chris.  She and I had decided to take the "Snowball Challenge" a couple of months ago, and we have been working off and on together on the challenge ever since.  She made her snowball in reds and whites, and I made mine in greens and creams.  I thought it would be fun to give her a bit of my greens and creams in my own smaller version of a snowball.  Happy Birthday Chris!!  Thanks for being such an amazing inspiration to me!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Back to work.

I took a bit of a break from my sewing room for a couple of weeks during Christmas and New Years.  Now I am back to work.  I spent part of yesterday working on my green and cream snowball quilt.   I haven't really touched it since Thanksgiving when I realized that I had miscalculated the number of triangles I needed, and didn't have enough the make all the blocks I needed.  I got to work again, starting with triangles yesterday.  After sewing about 30 triangles, I realized that I had made them the wrong size... ooops.  So I started over.  By the end of the day I had I made another eight blocks...not bad for half a days work.  I'm getting there...