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September 2012 - Posts

Some pictures of the Cat Quilt

I ran outside to take a couple photos of my not-quite-finished Cat Quilt. Of course that's exactly when a light breeze decided to arrive! So, here they are. One more border to put on...it will be the cat fabric, then make a back .

 

 

the light color underneath the blocks is all fishbones!

 

I'm having fun!

 

JodyS

Posted: Fri, Sep 28 2012 1:08 PM by JodyS | with 6 comment(s)
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Working On the Cat Quilt, What did I learn

Yesterday I spent 6 hours working on my cat quilt. My friend came out to "supervise" and laugh with me. I got all the blocks sewn together and 2 of the 3 borders! It's looking good for a first quilt. It did get silly at times, lots of laughter.

So what did I learn? Several things.

1.) Pay attention when pinning and sewing the blocks together. Yep, I ended up sewing a row upside down! LOL Both of us just looked at each other and pretty much did a face palm. SO! We corrected that little problem and all the rows went to gether well.

2.) Good cutting pays off. We hardly had to do any squaring off! I was so surprised.

3.)Take your time sewing. I'm not a fast sewer and I really watch to make sure my fabric doesn't travel away from me. My sewing area is not set up the way I want it yet so I had to make sure the fabric wasn't getting messed up while sewing it. It worked because when we measured the sides and top everything was equal! YAY! We didn't have to do any stretching or squaring at all.

4.) When you get tired STOP! By the end of the day my eyes were ready to fall out of my head and I couldn't think. I ended up sewing one of the borders pieces to get the right length 4 times. Yes, 4 times because I had to rip it out and try again. LOL Finally I told my friend: YOU SEW THIS PLEASE I CAN'T SEE! She laughed,  sewed that 1 piece then handed it back to me to finish the last border.

After my last mess up we decided to wait to finish the last border piece until another time. That will take place in a week since I'm leaving for Illinois. It was a fun time and I'm thrilled with my quilt. I can't wait to finish it and start another quilt.

Beginning...Again

Just thought to put down what's going on with my learning to quilt...again. The last time I quilted I was 12 years old; that was 47 years ago! Needless to say much has changed. I'm acquiring all the tools and learning to use them. At the momenet I'm working on 3 small quilts. One is for my great neice and focuses on cats. The other two are the same for my great nephews and focus on hockey. So far I've cut and sewn some of the cat blocks. I can tell the best thing is NOT to get frustrated. This is a long process and nothing has to be perfect...I just have to learn and have FUN!

So, I'll try and put down my crazy, serious, fun and hair-ripping thoughts as I go along. I'll also attempt to post some pictures of my progress.

 

Suggestions, tips, shortcuts, etc. are greatly welcomed! And now, back to the basement.