Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More GGG blocks

I didn't go to karate. I didn't take the kids to the pool. I didn't make a trip to the grocery store. Instead, in a major deviation from my usual routine, I came straight home after work and sewed. Aaahhh! It was great! It is not often that I get to sew when it is still light outside.

First, I started sewing together two of my last five Pick and Choose blocks. I didn't finish them, but I plan to finish them tonight. Then, I sewed together 4 more GGG blocks (great great grandmother's quilt), bringing my total to a whopping 8. I keep telling myself that it was the turtle who won the race in the end.

I have pretty much convinced myself that I will need to include some new fabric in this quilt to help stabilize things. This fabric is so old and threadbare that it stretches out of shape at the drop of a hat. I think I will like it better anyway with the blocks framed, either with sashing or put on point with setting squares. We'll see.

I leave for vacation (again! I LOVE SUMMER!) on Saturday. At this point, I don't have a hand project to bring with me, and there is no room for my sewing machine in the car (we are going to the Outer Banks and we are bringing the dog with us for once). Hopefully I can pull something together quickly, maybe work on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. However, if I don't sew on vacation, it will be OK. I plan to swim, read, nap, ride bikes, and just RELAX!!! Oh, and there is wireless in the house where we are staying, so hopefully I can also get caught up reading everyone's blogs!


CapLady Molly said...

Vacation--Good for you. I know what you mean about the fabric stretching and being threadbare. One of Mothers quilt tops is lined with muslin to help protect the top. I would hate to have to quilt through top, lining, batting and finally the backing. But it has lived a long time. Go on vacation and rest but then also have fun. Take care my friend.

Kim said...

Love the outer banks......hope you have a nice storm free vacation.....scary to be out there when a storm comes in. Plus that is a long drive out there, but worth it to have that unspoiled, undeveloped beach.
I can't remember the last time I traveled without some handwork :0)

enjoy your family time
Happy Sewing

kwiltmakr said...

Looks like the GGG quilt is coming along nicely. Have a nice time on vacation.

Becky said...

I really like the GGG blocks. What is the pattern for that? Enjoy your vacation and get some rest. What books are you taking?

Quiltluver said...

Erin, I was glad I had used some new fabrics in my pinwheel quilt. Not only did it make the quilt less "busy", but it really did help to stabilize the quilt blocks. My fabric was either stretchy or brittle. I think if I had to sew the blocks together without new fabric, it would have made a pretty wonky quilt. I don't know if you saw my original post about my troubles. Here's where you can find it if you are interested

Enjoy your vacation.

Nancy said...

Erin, where are you going on OBX? Hope you love it like we do. We always go to Hatteras Village - it is less commercialized than some of the rest of it, and farther away from Lex or GA because it is about an hour south of Nags Head, but we keep going back. We always rent bikes there too - a little flatter than Lex!! Hope you all have a great time. I take GFG on trips - so easy to carry along!

Nancy said...

And when do we get to see your new hairdo??