Monday, June 15, 2009

No time for actual sewing

I had company over the weekend, and while we had a fantastic time, that means not much happened on the quilting front. I managed to do a bit more seam ripping on my grandmother's quilt while sitting and talking on the front porch, and a bit more squaring up after everyone left on Sunday evening, but that is it. I need to start sewing so I feel like I have made some progress. Especially since I was traveling the weekend before, and I haven't used my sewing machine in several weeks.

While I was traveling, however, I stopped by a quilt shop to try to find some brown fabric to finish the binding on a quilt that I am finishing for a woman who started quilting about 10 years ago but then got distracted, decided she wasn't going to do it anymore, and sent me all of her books and notions to clear space in her house. As payment, I finished the hand quilting on her tablerunner, and put on the binding. I am binding with the leftover backing fabric, but I was just a bit shy of enough. I have been stopping in every quilt shop I pass to find matching fabric, and I finally got lucky. Jason was with me, so he picked out some backing fabric for his Halloween quilt that he is entering in the fair this year.

And I couldn't resist picking up a few fabrics for myself - I did a great job of not buying any fabric last year, but I have fallen off the "no-buy" wagon. I need some new stuff in the stash because I am getting tired of making quilts out of the same old fabrics. (At least, that is how I am justifying my last couple of purchases to myself.)

I also stopped by my mother-in-law's, the one who introduced me to quilting in the first place. She does everything by hand, including the piecing. She showed me the quilt she is currently hand quilting, and then gave me an extra block from that quilt. (It is square, really. It was just kinda balled up and I didn't press it before taking the picture.)
Cool! I plan to make an orphan block quilt one day, and this will definitely make it in there.

And then, I just stopped by the library during late lunch to find something to read. One of the employees there saw me and said, "Hey, I've got something for you! Well, not here with me at work, but I've got something for you!" I missed the Guild meeting this weekend, but it turns out that some scraps were collected and earmaked for ME! Gotta love being known as the scrap gal!


Nancy-Rose said...

JINX!!! We're reading each other's blogs AT THE SAME TIME!!!


CapLady-Molly said...

Isn't it great how friends just think about you all the time ? Sounds like you have been really bust. Take care

Cheryl Willis said...

I just read Nancy's comment, so funny.
I got a call today from a client asking if I wanted to have first dibs on a couple of boxes of misc. fabrics. I said of course, that's one of the benefits of working with me, I will carry home your junk.
Have you found my blog yet? sign in as a follower if you can. I am slowly finding the old regulars. I am still at the other one two. Trying to get it all figured out. cw

kwiltmakr said...

The block your MIL gave you is a real treasure for sure. I haven't had much time for quilting lately either but I tend to get to it this week. I like Jason's pumpkin face.

ms. mindless said...

i LOVE the halloween quilt!!!!!

Auntie Em said...

How nice to recieve such unexpected surprises! Love the Halloween quilt too.

quiltfool said...

Hi, Erin. Hope your MIL is doing well. As always, love your quilting and kudos for bringing Jason on board. And, everybody needs a little new fabric once in a while. It's great when it's free, but once in a while it's fun to buy some, too. Lane

Nancy said...

Kim said that Kerry brought lots of stuff to the guild meeting that was free for the taking - so Judy must have snagged the scraps for you -- or maybe everyone knew it should go to you!