What I'm Working on Right Now


Hey there! Welcome to another installment of “what I’m working on right now”.

This weekend, I was at Nancy the Quilting Goddess’ house for a sewing marathon. Remember those baby quilts I’ve got to crank out before the baby showers? Well, we’re only weeks away, and I’m not even close to done!

I showed up to Nancy’s house with a few blocks of the quilt you saw in my last “what I’m working on right now” post, along with the rest of the pieces in a pile. Truthfully, I haven’t touched it since I sewed with Lewis! *facepalm*

So my trip to Nancy the Quilting Goddess’ house saw me as a woman on a mission. I had work to do!

And guess what!

I finished the top of one! But it was not without challenge. Oh no, my friends. I had to unsew two whole blocks because I had sewed my pinwheel-dealybobs rotating in the wrong direction!

I also discovered that the fully assembled top was far too small and required a border. But I didn’t have enough of any of the fabrics to do a border, and didn’t like anything I had lying around (or anything from Nancy’s extensive stash!)

Nancy and I loaded up to hunt down border fabric. We thought it would be a quick, easy trip, but alas! The next challenge came when I struck out at the neighborhood fabric shop. They just didn’t have anything that fit the image of an abstract woodland (or mountain?) fabric I had in my head. Don’t you hate that? When you know exactly what you need, but you find out it might not exist?

You can bet that the challenges didn’t stop there. Our next stop was another neighborhood fabric store, but alas - when we got there, they weren’t there!

That’s right! The shop had up and moved! By this point, Nancy and I had gone too far to quit, so we plugged the new address into GPS and made our way to the new location. When we got there, they didn’t have what I wanted either. I really had my heart set on that abstract mountain situation.

In the end, one of the shop employees showed me a few options and I ended up falling in love with the abstract pine needle fabric you see in the picture above. The colors didn’t really seem to fit in with the rest of the top at first, and I had a hard time letting go of the mountain idea, but ultimately, I thought it had the same abstract effect and the colors didn’t match, but did mesh.

So I bought enough for the border AND the back! Phew!

We finally got back to the sewing lair, and I messed around enough to have all the pine needles facing the right way, but didn’t fussy cut enough to have the pieces line up perfectly.

I’m totally happy with the progress, pleased that I finished the top despite the challenges, and thrilled that all I have left is quilting on the longarm and binding. Phew! I think I’ll get at least this one done before the baby shower. The odds of completing baby quilt #2 by the deadline are a big question mark. Stay tuned for another “what I’m working on now” post about that one!

Have you ever had a day of sewing where (pun alert!) nothing seams to go right? Tell me about it in the comments!

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  • Carolyn Knees
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  • Sandra

    I don’t know Carolyn, but when ever I see a block like the the coloured ones,remind me of a swastika, what do you think.

  • Jilian Giles
    Jilian Giles

    I really like the fabric you chose for the border!

  • Graciela Parsons
    Graciela Parsons

    Well, for my taste this is what I did not like ,1) The border on the left has to "pine needes too close to each other, the top and bottom border don’t look straight, the light blue blocks are too light, and yes we all have those days where nothing goes well. It is part of quilting. All will be fine. Keep up with your quilting. I am not a professional quilter but I feel my taste for colors is different. "As we sew we shall reap.

  • Sandy

    I cut the same piece wrong three times….my husband said I reminded him of Eleanor Burns!!

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