Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sunbonnet Sue Sampler Situation Sends Stitcher Screaming


Yes, I've gone half mad! Today started off the perfect day to stitch the last Sunbonnet Sue for my granddaughter's quilt. Why not...she is due in a month and I still have to press and trim up the blocks, buy, wash, dry, cut, and add the sashing and borders, mark the entire thing with 1 inch cross hatching, a 1" braid and a larger motif going around the 5" border, wash, dry and piece the backing, baste the entire thing and then hand quilt it all, finishing it by, cutting and making the binding and then attaching it. Maaaaaybe a label. Whew!!! Why, oh why do I do this last minute shuffle??? Ok, so enough whining....well maybe not...I still have some whining to do here. The 8th Sunbonnet Sue block went together nicely, and though the dress looks rather light in this picture, it is a nice, medium, mint green

One more to go...this was the planned 9th Sue.


If not my absolute favorite, it is right up there. Problem is, it clashed with all the other Sue's. Alright, I give up. I will cut a different one that will play nicer and stitch this one up for a wall hanging. Navy was a good choice.

She is very cute and fits into the scheme. Now for the sashing/border/binding fabric, batting and backing. A trip to the fabric store is in order. I found a wonderful backing fabric. Rachel and I both loved it.


Too cute for words. Now for the batting. I went to the store that carries my 2nd favorite, but less expensive, batting. It ended up being the price of my 1st favorite batting. Darn it!! Well, I did not want to go across town to get the Quilter's Dream I love so much, so I paid a bigger price than anticipated for the Hobbs. I found a pretty sashing and border fabric....

Sweet. Problem is I did not take any of the Sue blocks with me. Pink is NOT pink. There are many variations of the color pink. 2 yards later, and a trip home and I found this is NOT the right pink. It looked awful!!! Now I have to go back out. I go to another fabric store, this time with a chunk of fabric the exact pink (the same as in the hat above) that I need. After pulling several pink bolts off the wall, I found just the right one. ANOTHER 2 yards and I have it right. (I will show it to you when I get the top together.) Back home AGAIN and I am working in my kitchen. I go to move the QUEEN size batting (I always buy big so I have leftovers for table runners, etc.) and I see in BIG letters "FUSIBLE" GREAT!! Now I am not sure this will work. I did not want fusible and though it says it hand quilts nicely, I am not at all happy. So now I have to go BACK to the first fabric store and return that batting, then go to the across town fabric store and get the favorite batting.

I can not wait to get my quilting needle threaded and running through this little (50 x 50) quilt! Each stitch will contain a prayer for my little Granddaughter and the life she will live. I will pray for her birth, her childhood, her education, her future husband, her children.....her life. I will pray that Jesus becomes her Saviour early on in her life and that she has the joy of the Lord all of her days. I will pray that I will be somebody in her life that she can come to with her hopes and dreams, her doubts and fears. I will pray happiness and success for her...blessings abundant. After that, the memory of creating the Sunbonnet Sue Sampler will not even include this day of running crazy for the wrong fabrics and the wrong batting. It will be a memory of love. I am now ready to get back to it...I am off to press and trim all 9 little girls!! I will be back with more to share soon.

12 comments:

Debi said...

I love your Sunbonnet Sue blocks and the pink is really pretty. Your quilt for Emerson will be a real treasure.

Milah said...

I see I'm not the only one who has days like that! Glad you got it all worked out though.
How wonderful to be born under such a prayer cover. She's one lucky little girl.
Can't wait to see the final project.

meggie said...

This quilt is truly chosen with love, every step of the way. As is the way of Grandmothers everwhere!

Niki RuralWritings said...

One of THOSE days.... lol
Well Emerson is worth all the fuss and bother.

Things will go much more smoothly now...right?

But the quilt will be beautiful. The best part of handwork is the praying that can go into it.

Now, don't forget to BREATHE!
Hugs,
Niki

Shaunta' said...

I'm new to your blog and wanted to say hi! I love that sunbonnet sue...how cute. I am new to quilting (I've only made 3 quilts). It's a lot of work, but the end result is wonderful. Hopefully you will inspire me to get back in there and cut some strips! Congrats on the new baby too.

Melzie said...

Bren that is beautiful she will be literally COVERED in prayer :) very sweet. Do you fuse down the Sue's or just stitch them down? xoxo melzie

Brenda said...

You have such a gift. Amazing.

Marilyn R said...

I think this is a blessing quilt, not a baby quilt! What a blessing this child will receive when she sleeps under it, drags it everywhere she goes and loves it as much as she loves her Grandmother!

Alesha said...

Just beautiful work, Bren!

I firmly believe that I am still today reaping the benefits of prayers prayed by my MawMaw (my mom's mother, even though she passed away over 14 years ago).

I know she was a faithful prayer warrior on my behalf, and so perhaps I was spared some bad decisions as a teenager/young adult. So today, I am not reaping what those bad decisions would have sown in my life.

Pray on Bren!
Alesha

One Christian Mom said...

I am in tears... what a lovely sentiment! This little girl is blessed just to have you in her life. :-)

Copper's Wife said...

Mama said there'd be days like these...........

Guðrún said...

I am sorry Bren but I did laugh a little about your "adventure" in buying fabric and batting :)