Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday Night Sew In

I had my Friday Night Sew In planned from the day I signed up, a few weeks ago. I would head to my sewing room around 5 pm and Sweetheart would take care of dinner and the kids....he agreed. I would spend the entire evening and into the wee hours, pounding out the Hidden Star! By morning it would be a top!
Somewhere along the way, I remembered that the 19th was the night I would have my grandkids. This changes everything. I LOVE having my grandkids and would give up a Friday Night Sew In to have them here, no questions asked! Still, Emerson goes to bed by 8 and TJ and Zach could watch a movie with Charlotte. That was the new plan. Then I started getting a sinus infection and knew my plans of wee hour sewing were doomed. That was ok, too. I could hand quilt the evening away! I planned to get a section like this completed.....This plan completely changed yesterday when my mail came. A year or so ago, I saw the book "Prairie Children and Their Quilts" on Libby's blog, "A Simple Girl". I wanted it right away! It has been on my "list" ever since. I have enjoyed seeing Libby make a few of the quilts and fell in love with them. There are 14 and I want to make them all and do an entire wall in my home of these little quilts. Anyway, I mentioned this desire to Libby....not "Simply Libby", but "Hand Wash Only" Libby! Are you confused, yet?? She had the book and wanted to send it to me. I was too excited for words. Yesterday it arrived..........along with a couple of fat quarters that I plan to use in one of the quilts. Now my Friday Night Sew In plans had to change yet again. Sinus infection aside, I was going to piece one of those quilts!!! I got Emerson to bed and the boys at the computer on Lego.com....my sewing time would not be alone time, but that is ok.I picked the quilt and the fabrics and my night began at precisely 8:15!!!I did not think I could do the entire top, but I would put a good dent in it! Cutting is not my favorite part of the process, but it needs to be done and it needs to be done exact! These little quilts call for tiny pieces....2 5/8" squares to be made into triangles.....1 1/4" strips for borders.....all little bits.By 9:45 I had all the Bear Paw blocks put together and sashed.In trying to stay true to the colors and style, I pulled a dark blue plaid (which is what they called for) for the first border. I do not use plaids in borders.....and rarely in anything other than applique, or triangles. I don't like "wonky" looking, and plaids can do that even if you are precise in your piecing. That is exactly what happened.....still I am not changing it. It will stay the way it is.I chose a gold, instead of a brown, for the outside border. I like how it turned out! By 10:30 it was a finished top measuring 19 1/4 X 19 1/4.
The illusion of a "wonky" border aside, I think it turned out cute!! Maybe I can quilt that wonky corner out!So that is my Friday Night Sew In. I think I will call these my "Libby Quilts". One Libby introduced me to the book, and another Libby gifted me with it. Seems fitting!

14 comments:

Nancy said...

Way to "go with the flow".... I love your little bear paw top. So cute....

Libby said...

I LOVE that little quilt so much!! I didnt get started on my night til late either! I'm sure going to check out the "other" Libby's blog!
I know you were happy to be with those sweet kid's!

Have a great weekend!
Libby

Guðrún said...

It is supposed to look wonky! I love how it looks.

Tamara said...

Your top turned out great. I also have this book and then her next book "Remembering Adelia." Hope you get to feeling better soon and are enjoying your time with the grandkids.

Marydon Ford said...

G'morn, Bren ~ I hope you are feeling better today ... sinus infection yucky! Love the pictures of the
kid-lings ...

Bren, your quilting continues to amaze me ... the detail & beauty of your designs & fabrics ... WOW!

Have a beautiful week ~
Hugs, Marydon

Copper's Wife said...

I love how you went with the flow of life and adjusted your sewing night accordingly. Love the cute little quilt, too. Wonky gives it added character, don't you think?

Jan said...

I love your little quilt--wonky is a good thing!! Way to work things out when they didn't go exactly your way!!!

Sandra said...

Very interesting story of how your night unfolded, and still you were able to accomplish your goal. Your little quilt turned out great! I love the antique look.

Donetta said...

Hello Bren
Oh so wonderful the time was kept set aside for you. The quilt is adorable!
Hope your feeling much better. Have you ever heard of a netty pot? It is a way of cleaning the sinus really really sets a sinus infection to heal. Look it up on the internet. I just use a little one cup tea pot and sea salt well dissolved.

Meggie said...

Love that little quilt. I think the little wonky gives it real character!
Hugs BrenXX

Jandi said...

I think it looks great!

Crispy said...

Hooray for getting the little top done, even with the teeny pieces. I hope your head gets better quickly!!

Crispy

Susan said...

It's a sweet little quilt top, Bren! Seems like we're always having to adjust life's sails as we go, and you did a great job of it!

julieQ said...

Love your pink and brown blocks, first of all...sorry about the sinus yuckola...and love your bearpaw! A special gift for sure. Hugs!