It looks like Jen and I are tied for the lead today! Certain unnamed competitors are complaining that I haven't been adding pictures or blogging recently... I gotta sew! I don't think I've seen my camera since the family reunion two weeks ago, though I think it's at the bottom of my take along bag. I'll have to dig it out tonight and take pictures.
I've been doing a ton of wrapping clothesline. I spend the half hour before work, hour at lunch, and even sitting on the swing with Paul in the evenings wrapping. I thought about sewing my rug together and then realized I wouldn't be able to take it back and forth to work, so I decided to just keep wrapping on it. When I was making blocks this past weekend I actually cut up all the left over fabric into 1/2" strips, so I have a lot more in my bag to chose from now.
Last night I quilted my very first quilt on my new frame! It actually went way better than I expected. I only had a few spots where I went across my lines, only one thread break, and only one broken needle. Thread break was due to new spool. I added sewers aid, not another problem! I got to the very end and was quilting the last row and i ran over a pin that was connecting the backing to the leader and didn't realize it until the needle broke. I used masterpiece thread top and bottom and it worked beautifully. If I can just slow myself down a bit my stitches will be smaller. Right now they are even, but bigger than I would like to see. I had some left over blocks from the two quilts I worked on this weekend and I made them into a crib size top, didn't add borders, and used a piece of leftover fabric from the endless purple tablerunners for the back. I just wanted to practice quilting and the backing was the perfect size. Had I added borders I would have had to piece the back. I'll have to take pictures tonight at Wind Up Round Up our LQS sewing night.
Last night I also was productive in the kitchen. I made a black bean chili casserole with cornmeal on top. It was oh so good! We've had rain the last two day, so it was cooler and I felt like using the stove. It was a way simple recipe and I could pop it in the oven and go sew. I also whipped up a German Chocolate cake since the oven was already on and coconut frosting on top. That's my absolute favorite cake! It's my mom's too, so I cut her a big chunk and will take it to her tonight. Her birthday is next week, so I need to figure out what I am going to do for her. I think the cake she will enjoy though!
My unnamed competitors are also complaining that I haven't given my machine and frame names yet. Nothing is coming to me... I'm just not sure what I want to name them. I know the machine is female and the frame is male... but I need to name them. Anyone have any good suggestions for names??? I'm all ears and there might even be a prize if your names are the ultimate winner.