Four More Days


Four more days until what you might be saying?  Hmmm . . . should I tell you?  Nope!  You’re just going to have to wait.  Stop back on December 9, 2012 after 5:00 pm (CST) to find out.  In the mean time hang in there.

On Another Note

As you may or may not know I’ve been processing and assembling donated quilt blocks for the Quilting Gallery Sandy Quilt Block Drive.  First I registered to make 20 blocks.  Then I agreed to receive and process an additional 148 blocks, along with my own, into four quilts.  I have been very, very busy.  My own 20 blocks were finished and ready to go in short order.  The remaining 148 have been slowly trickling in.  To date I’ve taken shipment on 64 blocks.  It takes 42 blocks to make a quilt.  I have one quilt and it’s backing already to load on my long arm quilting machine.  My current plans are to wait until I have the remaining three quilts ready before I begin quilting.

A Stumbling Block or Two

When I signed up to participate in the Sandy Quilt Block Drive I knew full well some of the items I would receive might possibly need a little tweaking.  For the most part I’ve been pleased with the donated specimens.  There have, however, been a few glitches that have challenged my patience.  Let me share with you a short list of suggestions to help make your future donations successful.

Helpful Hints

1.  Make sure your fabrics are not soiled.

2.  Make sure your fabrics are not damaged.

3.  Make sure your machine is properly tuned.  Using the wrong tension can lead to unstable or puckered seams.

4.  Stitch all the way to the end of the seam.

5.  Make sure all seam allowances are safely tucked on the wrong side of the block.

6.  Don’t submit a block that can’t possible be pressed flat.

7.  Carefully follow all instructions.

By using the above suggestions, as a basis for future endeavors, I can guarantee you will be a successful participant.

Another Day of Sewing with My Daughter

Last Sunday my oldest daughter and I got together for a day of sewing.  Our hopes were to spend most of the time occupied behind our machines with little other time spent goofing off.  By the end of the day I believe we managed a 50-50 spread.  One thing always leads to another which renders our best laid plans off kilter.

On our list of accomplishments was the successful re-working of six Sandy Quilt Blocks, the completion of my secret project (mentioned above), lunch at a darling little sandwich shop, and a trip to a local Big Box home improvement store.  Time always, always passes too quickly when absorbed in activities.  I look forward to our time together and am always disappointed when it is over.  Tentative plans have been made to gather again in two weeks.  Whether or not we will be able to follow through remains to be seen.  With the holidays quickly approaching our date just might be postponed.

That’s All For Now

That pretty much sums up my week.  My intentions are to keep chipping away at my Sand Quilt Block project.  Who knows, perhaps next week I will have made leaps and bounds.

I’m Linking Up

I’ve linked up my blog post with Freshly Pieced.  Slide on over there to see what everyone else is up to.  Oh, and thanks so much for stopping by.  I always appreciate your visit.


9 thoughts on “Four More Days

  1. Good luck with your sewing. That is such an awesome contribution to work with the Sandy quilts. I hope the quilts you make warm the hearts and persons that they make their home with. Your sewing day with your daughter sounds very much like a sewing day with my mother. I had to make 12 quilts in 3 weeks while I was 8 1/2 months pregnant. Let’s just say 50/50 is a generous estimate. We got so delirious during those 3 weeks. Sometimes goofing off was the only possible survival tactic! Surprisingly we managed to make our goal just in time to have my little baby. Thank goodness she was willing to bind them all after getting them back from the quilter while I snuggled the tiny one.

    1. Thank you for your well wishes! I just love participating in the project. I’m sure they will be well loved.

      My 50/50 designation was probably a bit generous, just like in your case. When additional people join in the “other” time it just mushrooms. Before you know it there’s very little sewing going on and way more goofing off. Oh well! We had a great time.

      Congratulations on accomplishing such a project. That’s one huge amount of quilts to do all at once. Good thing you had someone quilt them for you and your mother was willing to help as well. Holding your new baby was way more important!

  2. I had a blast on Sunday and especially enjoyed my quilt block square up tutorial. As always, you’re a great teacher! We’ll definitely get together again soon. :0)

    1. We should have started getting together along time ago. What were we thinking? I enjoy sharing my sewing experiences. Anything I can pass on to willing recipients is well worth my time. Thanks for the compliment! :0)

  3. I’m so impressed about your Sandy quilts–you are doing such a great service for people in need. And good advice, too, on the blocks that are being sent in!

    Thanks for stopping by Freshly Pieced and for your nice comments.

  4. Thanks for the tips on the Sandy Quilt Blocks. Mine are cut and layed out. Now I just need to sew. I’ll be careful with the seams….I always press though. Hope to have them in the mail by the end of the week.


    1. Hey welcome! Congratulations on having them all ready to sew. I can’t wait to get them in the mail. Good Luck with your sewing. 🙂

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