I have apparently become the worst slacker ever. No update after last weekend’s sewing. No Books on Monday. No blogging at all.
Let’s see what I can do to remedy that.
Late last week we headed to the Chicago area to spend a couple days celebrating our eldest daughter’s birthday. So fun to spend time with her and the granddog. Part of the celebration was a showing of Ghostbusters at one of those movie theaters that serves meals while the movie is being shown. That was a first for me! Other than a Cheesecake Factory lunch and viewing of Scream and Scream 2 (DH had never seen either of these), we mostly just hung out with DD, and, of course, there were presents.
We got home Saturday evening in time to catch the start of the Michigan – Minnesota football game. The football sewing did not go well. Actually, what happened was that I realized it hadn’t gone well the previous weekend and I’d cut some of the strips too short for the pineapple block. I’ll have to dismantle that a bit before I can make any progress on it. Sigh. Probably not during the Michigan – Rutgers game tomorrow. I think I’ll work on the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM during that game.
This year’s church quilt is a queen-sized wholecloth quilt. Unfortunately, this week we realized that with only four of us regularly hand quilting it, it will not be anywhere close to done by the time of the auction. This being the case, we scaled back our efforts and are aiming for next year’s auction for this quilt. I am not happy to give up, but it would take more hours than my aging body is willing to give me on that quilt to get even close to finished. And I’m not sure we could even then.
Feeling a bit guilty about this, I am putting together a quick throw quilt top which I hope to get longarmed and bound in time for the auction. It won’t be at all the same kind of thing as the usual quilts in the auction, but it will be something biggish to auction off. I’m using this Diamond Dash tutorial from Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company:
I’m using a layer cake and a jelly roll, but not the ones I originally planned to use when I first saw this tutorial as I want to keep that for me! This layer cake is La Fete de Noel from French General. The jelly roll for the diamonds and sashing is just an off white, maybe snow from Robert Kaufman. I’ll post pictures once I get it finished or at least a little farther along.
And now you are all caught up!