I had the weekend from hell quilting-wise. I had all these great intentions – back, baste, quilt and bind 2 Siblings Together quilts and back, baste and make a start on quilting my Retro Flowers… I got both Siblings together quilts backed, basted and quilted, and then it all started to go wrong (which probably serves me right for thinking I was doing so well as to have got that far by mid-evening on Saturday!) I got the binding sewn to the front of quilt #1, and started on quilt #2. I ran out of binding about halfway down the 4th side (and will have to go out and get more fabric for it at lunchtime tomorrow). Then I decided to sew down the binding on the back of quilt #1. I machine bind, because that’s just how I learned, but I had been finding I had quite a bit of excess binding on the back after sewing, so I decided to narrow it a bit. This was the point that I apparently started sewing like a 6 fingered baboon, so when I turned the quilt over when I was done to examine the binding, I discovered the stitches meandering all over the place, and a good chunk of them not actually on the binding at all. Grrrrrrr. I spent more time than I care to think on Sunday unsewing the binding, then tacking it down, then machine sewing it again (let’s put it this way, I got through an episode of Marple, an episode of Dalziel and Pascoe, an episode of Smash, and a film during this time). Once I have the rest of the binding for #2, I’ll make sure to just tack first, then sew…
So, on to those Retro Flowers. I’m backing them in klona white, and had ordered some more last week that I had expected Parcel Force to deliver by Saturday – ha, no chance! I then measured what I had in my stash and found I was 2″ short. Sweary words were uttered, and there might just have been a small temper tantrum… At that point I seized my Zakka Style book and took up this week’s pencil case challenge, then I practised a bit of the quilting I’m planning on the Retro Flowers, and finally on Monday I grabbed my Umbrella Prints Trimmings competition packet and demanded that it co-operate with me, which it pretty much has since then.
1 Siblings Together quilt (sorry, no pics yet)
2 Zakka Style rotary cutter cases:
1 Siblings Together quilt – just need to finish the binding
Retro Flowers quilt – hoping the backing will arrive soon!
Umbrella Prints Trimmings competition entry – hopefully I can reveal all tomorrow
To Work On This Week:
Everything currently in progress!
Annabella’s Stitch Tease Block – I think I have a plan, I just need to assess my fabric stash to work out what to use on it.
I’m hoping this week lets me finish all my ‘In Progresses’ listed above, and that bee block, anything after that will be a bonus!
Linking up, as ever, to Lee:
sweary words…..well I never. Oma Linda
Little & Large…where are they now? Lovely stuff Katy – the cutter cases are adorable and your Retro Flowers` quilt is like a little piece of art.
UGH! I can empathize. It's funny how something we enjoy so much (and do for relaxation purposes ha!) can be so frustrating at times. 😉 Still, even with your blip, you got a lot done this week!
Oh I sympathise, I have never actually thought of how a baboon, never mind a 6-fingered one might sew, but I get the picture, and it ain't pretty!
Still you had all that stimulating TV to inspire you whilst repairing the damage 🙂
One of those weekends, best blank it out quickly!
Grrrr, days like that should be banned!
Sounds like a grim weekend – at least Little & Large played ball.
Ick! I hate when the sewing germ takes over and it all goes horribly wrong. You have my sympathies!
Sorry you had such a crummy weekend! I'm sure it'll turn around! Love the Retro Flowers quilt. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )
Haha! Six-fingered baboon. That's classic! 🙂
I'm sorry your Kona White will be 2" short. That really stinks. And I know it's not possible to just pop into town and get more. 🙁 You should just go ahead and move to America. Kona solids are much easier to come by here. 🙂
Good luck with it all!
Deary me! Hope it was just a blip and sewing goes well from now on. I screw up machine binding everytime, thats why I hand stitch…
I hope this week is better, Ms. Baboon!
Oh wow! Your retro flowers are so beautiful! Soft and subtle, yet totally modern….a hard combo to balance.
It sounds like you've had a frustrating time. I think all sewers can identify with those feelings. When I (frequently) have a setback (or two), I repeat the following saying while trying not to grind my teeth, 'Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another'. I seem to run a lot of short races 🙂
Well done for persevering in the face of adversity! I was disappointed that you decided to tease me and not show what you are entering into the Umbrella Prints Competition – you rascal!
Yep, hate those annoying times! I figure it's got to balance out with really super good smooth running times, hopefully next weekend!
Pretty much everything I do lately looks like it was done by a six fingered baboon so I can sympathise whole heartedly. I used to never have to unsew anything and now it seems like I am unsewing more than I'm sewing if that's even possible.
Two inches short?! Cursesssssss!!! Good job recovering with the pencil cases! 🙂
That is a binding nightmare 🙁 Hope everything's arrived and this weekend is excellent!
it seems the no sewing bug is going around. I hope things have improved.