Saturday, September 05, 2009

Quilt it out:

Like hug it out with more pressing*.

Remember my freak out about buying fabric? I was so worked up about this quilting class. Then last week, E got his bad news and I could tell it wasn't the right night to quilt. I skipped class. Emotionally I wasn't going to be able to deal with the already-stressful experience of quilting.


Today E is finally feeling better and we had his parents down. They wanted to meet us for breakfast at 8:00 (Yipes!) so we did that and then his mom and April and I quilted while E and his dad worked on the ol' car. I had a wonderful quiet day. I think the best thing for E today was to be around his parents. This past week was really difficult, and it was good to be able to talk to them. E's mom caught me up on what I missed in class.

I didn't realize this was blurry until it got uploaded. Sorry!
My dining room: QUILT CENTRAL. Three sewing machines. Booyah.

Guess what? It wasn't that bad! I had FUN! I only had to battle the thing with the seam ripper twice, and I finished a whole strip. Hard to explain, but this quilt consists of sewing small strips into longer ones. I finished one today, and I have four more. They're about six feet long once you sew them together. Here are some pics.

Before you freak out, the strips are supposed to be sewn together all wonky, This makes it really easy. No worrying about that stupid quarter inch seam. It's very Dr. Seuss, E said. Once it's done, the edges are trimmed clean and you have a crazy strip of crazy fabric. Crazy.

All stretched out. Like I said, I think it's 6 feet long or something. I don't believe in math. But Mimi says it's that long, so I accept that as the truth.

Thought I'd show you the purposefully cockeyed seams. E hates them. His type A personality just can't take the unevenness and mix of patterns. It totally floats my boat.

I still have a lot left to do. I'm not so neat about it. Don't mind the blue thread. I think Miss Roo put that in there.

The other fun thing today was that Ad wanted to practice sewing. Auntie April gave her some fabric strips and had her practice...



She's so good! I'm just happy she's not afraid of sewing machines the way I am. I want her to grow up and not be intimidated. Mimi is already talking about beginners' sewing classes.

It was a good day. We're on track to getting back to normal. It's going to take a while, but it's nice to have a calm day like this to ease us back in.

*Get it? I think the only people who will are Kathy D and April.


  1. Glad to hear you had such a great day!

  2. Ooooh, I can't wait to see how this turns out! I'm REALLY thinking hard about taking a class too. Really can't devote myself to yet another time commitment though, because I know I'd be so crazy about it I'd want to spend all my time quilting!

  3. I have a hard time seeing the finished product...thus the reason I am not an artist! It looks cool though. Can't wait for the additional updates

  4. I like the craziness of the strips. And I would love to do something like that because I'm not very good at keeping it even either. Can't wait to see it finished!