I’ve been working on my Triangle Quilt Along for the past few weeks and I really needed a change of scenery. My way of doing that today was to catch up on my Wishes blocks:
I think maybe tomorrow I’ll go back to work on my Triangle quilt. I did a bad, bad thing and bought 18 more FQs when I was at the quilt shop yesterday. It was my husband’s idea….REALLY! He wants a nice big quilt – not a small throw quilt. At this rate, this thing will be big enough for our King bed! Maybe I can reign him in a little so I’m not sewing this thing together forever!
This was my view for the first hour of our drive to the in-laws today…
I’m ripping out all of the quilting on my Noteworthy quilt that I first attempted to quilt in December. The original post is here. I was so bummed out about it when I got home from quilting it that I folded it and put it in a closet for a couple of months. I dragged it out once and ripped for almost 2 hours and made very little progress.
Today I made a little more progress, but it certainly doesn’t seem like it. I’ll be honest and say that I’m also a little gun-shy about putting it back on the long arm machine.
I’d better get back to it…
With invisible thread! DOH! I decided to do a little sewing while The Blue One was in the shower tonight. It doesn’t take him long, and I had stuff pinned and ready to go – sitting just to the left of my machine. So I fired Bunny up and away we went – I sewed the extra triangles onto my rows, then went to work on sewing together another whole row’s worth of pairs (I am adding SIX rows!). I ‘sewed’ all the way through a bunch of them before I realized I had run out of bobbin thread. So I start to backtrack and stack things back the way they need to be….carefully (I didn’t pin that round), and they just kept coming….about 9 or 10 pairs worth….PLUS two and a half of the rows. Dang! What a total waste of time! And it’s a little ironic that it was my bobbin that ran out because I had been looking at the spool on top of the machine that’s getting close to running out – I was wondering how long it would last!
And now for the cold, hard truth – I won’t be meeting the Triangle Along deadline this week. I’m actually surprised I’ve kept up with the group until this point. There may have been a very slight possibility if I hadn’t decided to make my quilt bigger after I started, but considering that I had to cut 18 more FQs and then lay them out again, there was just no way it was going to happen. I added to the length of the quilt (the extra 6 rows) AND I added triangles to each row (6 so far – possibly an additional 2)….if I could just stop adding to the rows I can start sewing rows together!
Here’s tonight’s progress:
And here are 5 of the 6 rows laid out, ready to be sewn together:
But that’s a project for next week as there will be no sewing for the next two days for sure, and the jury’s still out for sewing on Sunday.
It was a No Sew Sunday but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get anything done. I cut 18 additional FQs into 6″ triangles to make my Triangle quilt larger. These FQs were cut right at 18″ so I had a hard time getting 12 triangles out of each one…I was able to with most, but I got 10 or 11 out of three of them. Not a huge deal – I have plenty to make the quilt bigger and those few triangles I wasn’t able to get won’t affect the size at all.
I laid out four extra rows and I added five triangles to each row, then I pinned them all so that next time I’m in the mood I can simply sit down at Bunny and get sewing. I have enough triangles to add either one more row or add to the width…we’ll see how it looks once I have the extra four rows sewn together.
I’ll be honest and say that I’m not looking forward to the next step – Joining the Rows. I’m not a real patient pinner, so this will be tough for me!
I spent almost the entire day with Bunny, and I made great progress!
I have 11 of my 12 rows sewn together and I’m feeling pretty good about that. The reason I don’t have my 12th one done is because I’m going to be adding additional rows and I wanted to be able to move things around in the adjacent row. I will be adding at least two rows, and and I’m going to add at least two more triangles to each row. After that point I’ll reassess and decide if I’m good with the size, or if I need to add more. I have a second set of FQs so I have plenty to work with for additional length & width.
I was hoping to get caught up on my other two BOMs that I’m participating in, but that just didn’t happen today. I’m OK with it though – I made great progress today and I feel great about that.
It’s been a few weeks since I last sat at my sewing machine. Between work stuff and home stuff, it has been a busy month. Because I worked the past two weekends, I was able to take Monday off and am planning to spend some quality time with Bunny. My big plan for today is to stay on target and get my rows of triangles sewn together for Paula’s Triangle Quilt Along. I have half of it laid out and have decided I want it bigger, so I’m also going to cut the rest of the FQs I have. That may be a Monday project. If I have time, I’d also like to work on my March & April Wishes and ViceVersa BOM blocks. Have I mentioned lately that I totally over-committed myself with these QALs? Here’s to hoping I can get caught up with the other BOMs, but in order to do that, I have to complete 6 blocks. That’s a lot considering I have to cut each out individually. I’m hoping to have a very productive Monday….wish me luck!
I’m still on track with QAL #3 for 2014. (But don’t ask me about QALs #1 & #2…)
All of the triangles are cut and I’ve started laying out. This is about 1/2 of it (per Paula’s original instructions). I have a whole ‘nother set of FQs so I will likely make this at least twin size so someone can get more use out of it (a nephew, perhaps?). I have some time to decide yet.
The Pink One (appropriately dressed) was helping my lay it out tonight.
I would like to start sewing but I’m waiting for Paula’s instructions as she said she has some tips for sewing these bad boys together. Because of work and family commitments this weekend I won’t be able to do any sewing…that part will have to wait until some time next week.