Saturday, July 24, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes! I've enjoyed a really nice day, and I'll tell you all about it and show you some photos tomorrow, but since we're supposed to post what we did during the Friday Night Sew-In, I thought I'd limit myself to that part of my birthday in this post--besides, I'm getting old and want to go to bed early(ish) and read for a bit!

During the Sew-In, I worked on the half square triangles for the charm pack quilt along. I also worked on the four-patches for that project. Yes, I know--she hasn't given us the instructions for the four-patches yet, but I figured them out and when I got too bored with the half square triangles, I made four-patches. You can see a couple piles in this photo.


I forgot to say the other day when I did the tutorial that the line I'm using is Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas. I splurged on a fat quarter bundle, so this seemed like the perfect project for those fabrics.

After working on these pieces for a few hours, I started to get really antsy to see what a block would look like--because, really, making 216 half square triangles and 108 four patches tends to lose its appeal after a little while (like after about 75 half square triangles and a several four patches). So I put together two blocks, just to spur me on.


I like it so far!

While I sewed, Stitch played. He was feeling rather mischevious--you can see him just peeking out under the ottoman in this photo. (At least he wasn't bringing mice in to play.)


Spike had been sitting on top of the ottoman, but I think she got a little crazy with Stitch's antics and stalked off. I took this photo of her yesterday, sunning herself in her regular seat on the ottoman and napping on my embroidery bag.


What I didn't catch just a minute before this photo was taken was that she was sleeping with her nose buried in the bag. She looked so funny!

While I kind of would have liked to have worked on something a little more interesting during the Sew-In, at least I feel I'm making progress on this project. And now that I've seen a little sample of how it's going to look, I think I'm better motivated. So all in all, a good night sewing! But then really, is there ever a BAD night sewing?

7 comments:

CaraQuilts said...

Yes, yes there are bad sewing nights, like when you've pulled out the same seam four times, and cut the fabric wrong....but I'm glad yours was good!

Vicky said...

Yeah, what Cara said! Love your project. That fabric just makes me smile!

Peg said...

That's going to be a beautiful quilt!

Jandi said...

Those blocks are GORGEOUS! I am going right over to check out the quilt along and see if I can't catch up!

Robin said...

Yeah, what both Cara and Vicky said! But still...a bad day of sewing beats work any day! I'm grateful to have a hobby that (usually) brings me joy AND produces something beautiful and/or useful...

Angie said...

Great job with your Friday Night Sew In -- you were able to get a lot of Half Square Triangles finished in one night.

Lisabee said...

I love this block! I'm really tempted to make myself one... although I'm not sure I could handle making that many HSTs, so I probably wouldn't do a full quilt.