Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's a Top

Well after another marathon sewing day yesterday, I still did not complete the top! Close but no cigars!  That is alright sometimes you just have to listen to your body saying "I'm tired!"

I decided the best way to assemble this quilt was to make two sections 4 blocks by 4 blocks and two sections four blocks by five blocks.  I am thankful for blogland. I have learned so much and get great ideas from fellow quilters.  Yesterday morning I saw Kathy of Kathy's Quilts using her binding clips to hold her fabric together as she used her treadle machine to stitch them together.  I had used mine to hold hexagons together when I hand stitched them together but it never dawned on me to use them at the sewing machine.  I always seem to get poked by pins when sewing together a top, so why not try using the clips. Thanks Kathy, this worked well!









So I sewed and sewed and got all the rows of blocks made and even got the bottom half sewn together, but I was just too tired to keep going and my stitching would reflect that. So this morning I got up and headed to the sewing room.  I really enjoy stitching early in the morning when I am rested.  It wasn't long and Ta-Da we have a top!



 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chevron Progess

Yesterday, I had a marathon sewing day.  I really want to get this top finished in time for my daughter's birthday.  So I started the day early in the sewing room and just made a day of it.  I finished trimming the half squares triangles and then started to assemble them into the blocks that will make up the quilt.

Although retrimming all the HST's took a lot of time it was time well spent
 
It went pretty well, until later in the afternoon when I realized I had sewn three blocks wrong.  Time to pick out some stitches and rest, tomorrow is another day.  I was able to finish 56 of the 72 blocks I need.  So hopefully today I get the last 16 blocks made and I can start assembly of the top.  I plan to do it in quarters so that I can continue to support the pieces on my sewing table top.