Monday, August 07, 2006

August 1st Weekend

First weekends are my time to work on Christmas presents. This weekend I worked on my niece's quilt. Finished all the blocks and got the first row sashed. I didn't sew the second horizontal sashing on yet because that blue is bothering me a bit. It looks too dark for the blue strawberry fabric in the picture, but it looks all right in person. It's a Dimples fabric. After pondering it last night, I think I'll go with it. I've got a long work week this week, and cleaning house is a must, but I'm hoping I can finish up the sashings and start the borders.

Six days into the no-fabric month and I'm hanging tight. I only peeked at one online quilt shop newsletter and almost got busted with a BOM. But I didn't poke the button! I immediately thought of Jeanne when I saw it.

My friend, Mar, is making a Christmas quilt and miscalculated the background fabric for her applique blocks. Naturally I had it :) and am delighted to be able to stash bust a bit. Another friend called me last week looking for an old Pandolph pattern. I not only had the pattern but the exact border fabric she needed. Another opportunity to stash bust! Every little bit helps! It feels good to help out, but what really amazed me is that I immediately knew I had those fabrics considering how long it's been since I looked at them! LOL

August is another milestone month for me. Five years since I began quilting. Rotary Cutting 101, a prerequisite for other classes, was completed and I signed up for two beginning classes. I was off and running, and have never looked back!

I guess I'll find out today if the accounting lady shows up. If she does, we'll terminate her tomorrow. If she doesn't ... well, if you need me, I'll be in the Accounting Department!


~ A whole weekend with no commitments other than sewing!

~ Grilled filet mignon, parsley potatoes and a salad last night. I cooked!

~ Watching chick flick DVDs all day yesterday with no guilt!

~ A fun weekend with my online quilting buddies!

~ Listening to Daisy snore!


kim said...

I love the idea about the 1st weekend of the month being set aside for Christmas gifts!! I hope you don't mind if I copy and share that idea?

I love the quilt! You are fast! I think the blue looks great. I look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

Kim :-)

McIrish Annie said...

love the quilt and the idea to sew for Christmas on the first weekend of the month.

sounds like work is a BEAR,, hang in there!! and hold out for that vacation, you deserve it!@!!

jpquilter said...

I have only been reading your blog for a few weeks but I am impressed that you are a relatively "new" quilter - your work is beautiful. And setting aside first weekends to work on Christmas projects is another awesome idea. I can't help checking her every day for motivation.

Doodlebug Gail said...

Love that quilt Vicky - I like to read about your progress. I am always surprised at how difficult and intricate a quilt can look by using just 2 blocks. Don't forget to post a picture of the PP you're doing okay.


Patti said...

I'm glad you had a great weekend. And you're neice's quilt is looking great - don't stress yourself about it. Especially if it looks good to you in person.

Bloglines didn't tell me you'd updated - I'm beginning to wonder how many posts on various blogs I've missed.

Joanne said...

That's a beautiful quilt you have going for your neice -- lucky girl!
And good going on the stash busting!

Laurie Ann said...

That quilt is fantastic! She will love love love it!

Judith said...

Wow that is a beautyfull quilt. We have your christmas idea also on a stitching list where we stitch christmas ornaments on the 25th of each month.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Oh, it sounds like you had a wonderful week end. Lots and lots of sewing done. That quilt for your niece is beautiful. I like your first week end Christmas gift tradition.

The Calico Cat said...

I think the "solid blue" works... If it is a bit dark & you have enough even better for narrow inner border &/or binding...

Gail said...

Don't worry about a thing, that quilt is perfection!

Bonnie said...

Pretty quilt - I love the strawberry fabric - so cheerful.

JudyL said...

Vicky, it looks great with the sashing! You got so much done! You're using that blue dimples in the border too, right? If so, it will be great . . tie it all together.

What a beautiful quilt! :)

Judy L.

Linda_J said...

I think that the blue looks perfect
in there--a nice contrast to the paler alternating blocks etc.

I must say, Vicky, that it sure doesn't look like you have been at this for such a short time. Look how far you have come then!

Finn said...

The quilt is coming along just great!! And what a good idea, that you use a specific time period for a certain project. I could stand alittle of that organization in my life...LOL Do you hire out??? Hugs, Finn

EileenKNY said...

It's hard to believe that you've only been quilting for 5 years. Your work is awesome.
I like the blue in the sashing, and I'd put on a narrow border of it to frame in the blocks from the busy-ness of the border.
Good luck with the accounting lady.