Monday’s Quilting Progress

I didn’t realize it was already approaching 9 p.m. and no one has made me dinner yet!  I really need to hire me a cook for when I’m on vacation since I tend not to want to stop what I’m doing to bother to cook. LOL  I think its popcorn for dinner tonight.

Today I pulled out the Just Butterflies quilt top, pieced the backing and started quilting on it.  I would probably have it all quilted by now and be working on the binding except for the storms this afternoon.  The golf ball size hail missed us as did the 70 mph winds.  But there was lots of ugly sky and lots of lightening so I unplugged my machine for a couple hours while the storms went through.  We ended up with a nice rain – a bit heavy for a little while but not bad and none of the damages that other areas not far away were getting.

So tomorrow, hopefully, I’ll get the quilting finished on that quilt and get the binding attached.  Which will mean another Quilt from the Crate is out of the crate and this one was also one of the past month’s UFO challenge quilts that I didn’t previously get finished so I’ll be one step closer to gettting caught up on the UFO challenge project finishes.

Here’s one corner of the quilt.   There’s a feather design in the outer border.  The sashing, cornerstones, and then the framing around each butterfly are all stitched in the ditch and then there’s some antennae and just some meandering around the butterflies.  It will be another quilt to add to the donation pile.

During the storms I also got about half the binding hand sewn down on the western quilt  – lest you think I was just fritterin away the time. 🙂

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day.  I was just thinking this morning how much I used to hate Memorial Day.  Why?  Because I was in the grade school and high school band — that itself wasn’t the problem but on Memorial Day we would visit the cemeteries for the memorial programs and the band would play — five or six little towns — but the many stops wasn’t the problem either.  However, the WOOL band uniforms in May WAS a problem.  It never failed to either rain on us (not great when in a wool uniform) or get really hot.  Goodness I hated those summer events when the band would play or be in a parade. LOL

The design at left is one I’m still playing with – Twisted Star – it’s sort of a spin off (no pun intended) of my Pinwheel Posey design.

Yesterday as another busy quilting day.  I completed the quilting on the western themed fabric lap quilt, made the binding and added that.  I still have to hand stitch the binding down but here’s what it looks like (it actually is a square quilt but I had to stick two pins in the upper corners to get it to stay on the design wall so it looks off kilter).

Yes – there are a whole lot of western and Texas themed fabrics in that quilt  — way more scrappy looking than I usually do but I wanted to use all those fat quarters  we swapped together.  It will be a donation quilt for a charity when it’s done.

Center part is just meandered with stars and loops.

I’ll save the binding to stitch one of these nights so think today I’ll pull about another one to get layered and ready to quilt.

I may also need to do a little bit of baking today – my freezer seems to be overrun again by bananas —  banana bread, cake, muffins – don’t know what it will be yet but need to get some  of those bananas made into something.

I also managed to finally finish off another pair of socks last night.

  I was looking for the sock blockers to put them on to take the photo but the sock blockers – which are always laying around somewhere other than they belong — seem to be no where at all.  I must have “put them away” somewhere safe but for the life of me I haven’t been able to find them yet.  They’ll turn up one of these days but you’d think that since they are big and red they wouldn’t be able to disappear! LOL   This is pair of socks  number 11 of my 12 in 2012 challenge!  Hmmmm… maybe I need to change it to 20 in 2012. 😉