Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Wasted Sewing Month

Note to self: Do not send your car to the shop for three weeks with your applique project on the back seat!

I didn't have "access" to my little baskets so, of course, I started another teeny project. Not teeny as in small quilt, but teeny as in small blocks.

Kathie at Inspired by Antique Quilts - it's all her fault. Yes, it is. We chatted about what she was working on, and I jumped on the bandwagon.

Well, I didn't exactly jump. I kind of just gently stepped on it. I made one. ONE. I'll only need about 8,209,561 more. :) This is an appliqued drunkard's path. ONE of them. ROFLOL. I'm going to remake my template this morning because, as you can see, mine isn't perfect. Then prep a ton of these to be ready to stitch on a moment's notice!

I also thought I wanted to do the little 3" 9-patches that she's doing. Wait! I remember something! Years and years ago I participated in a swap where we exchanged 3"9Ps. I found them! There are a couple of hundred. Some are rejects ... either they're not Civil War fabrics or they're sewed incorrectly, but there are a ton of them that are usable. All right!!!!!!!

So here's what I'll be futzing with this morning. I'm going to figure out how I can make one cut from a fat quarter, and out of that one cut get one basket block, one drunkard's path, and one nine-patch. Or more.

I'm on a mission!

Now, this means that, once again, I'm ignoring all of the various and sundry UFOs, BOMs, XYZs that are sitting around here. But it's okay. I'm inspired and that's all that's important at this point!!

So I'll be scouring the Market pictures for new Civil War fabrics. And this weekend I'll be digging through two huge wire baskets of Civil War fabrics for ones I want to use in these projects.

Update on the car saga: I picked it up last night from the dealership. Three weeks it's been there. The good news is that everything seems to be running well and there are no strange noises coming from under the hood. The bad news is that it has to go back next Wednesday. It seems they somehow damaged the driver's inside door panel and have ordered a replacement. I have a dentist appointment on Wednesday in the same town, so I'll swing by there after to get that replaced. She told me it would take 30 minutes tops. I'm probably being naive, but I'm choosing to believe her at this point. LOL.

That will give me a week to drive this one to see if it is truly fixed. If I'm not comfortable with it, then I will definitely be car shopping next weekend.

Meanwhile, if you need me, I'll be rooting around in the stash room!


Tiffaney said...

Hope your car holds out. those look like perfect 9 patches.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Have fun in your stash! 3 weeks!!~ it should drive like a dream! That is a long time! Have a happy weekend!

Darlene said...

Get rid of that car - now!!! Ugh!!!! :-)

Me thinks you're having some fun. LOL

Carol said...

Have tons of fun playing in your stash today! Just ENJOY! Don't worry about the other stuff!

mascanlon said...

Isn't it funny how easily we get derailed and on too a new project! LOL. Yep, with all the baby sewing I have to do this month I cut out a new quilt in a couple of evenings. Gotta hide it from my daughter...she's waiting for a crib skirt!

Perry said...

I expected you to post about your new car today, lol. Hmmm, patience? Is age creeping up on you and causing you to adopt the "screw it" mentality? If so then welcome to my world? ROFLOL!!!! There comes a time, I am sorry to say, when it doesn't really matter, as long as it will run, it will do. Love your new projects!! Will look forward to your journey with them will I start on my Kaffe Fassett journey. Seriously, glad it is working for you, you don't need the stress.

jillquilts said...

Gosh, I hope it's fixed!! Did you find a lawyer as a just in case? And hooray on the 9 patch finds! Woo hoo!! Have fun digging through the stash!

julieQ said...

I do love those little nine patches!!! I know you will have fun with those...hope your car saga turns out OK!

greelyrita said...

I agree. If it runs, it will do. Definitely, not brand new. Btw, are you like the most patient person on the planet?? Geez!

CaraQuilts said...

Good luck with both the car and the drunkard's path!! And if you want some more 3" 9p I'm sure we'd like to send you some!!

merumo said...

I did the same thing! I tried to make that curved block by machine, but it didn't quite turned out nice. Then I made whole buch of miniature 9 patches- 1 1/2" finish size. I guess we were on the same wave, but the difference is your block looks nice and you got nice collection of 9 patches without the hussle!

AnnieO said...

Love your enthusiasm and all those wonderful CW prints. What a find of hundreds of 9 patches--so tiny. Are you going to combine them with the drunkard's path blocks?

I'm immediately going to start calling some of my unfinished projects XYZs. Cracks me up :)