Some of the best made plans can go astray very quickly. I had finished all the blocks for my Happy Hour quilt Thursday night and was looking forward to putting them together after my holiday party on Fri. night. It just didn't happen. Sat. I worked and it was cold, icky, and just plain nasty. When I got off I sewed all my blocks together, including putting the 2 borders on. I sewed the back together and started loading it on the frame.
I planned to quilt it on Sunday, but the binding on, and start a new quilt on Sun... Again I was wrong! I finished loading before I went to church. After church we went out for breakfast and did errands. I was so tired that I fell asleep on the way home! I guess I stayed up too late sewing on Sat. night. I took a nap/watched a movie with Paul and finally at 4:30 I started quilting Happy Hour. I had lots of problems, thread breakage, borders that didn't lay flat, pulling in the wrong spots, and I was just not enjoying the process. After two hours I didn't have even 1/3 of it quilted, so I quit! I worked on doing a newsletter while watching the Hallmark movie on CBS.
Tonight I was hoping things would go better. I ended up quilting it in 45 min! I released the top, floated it, and released the batting. I didn't have any problems and got the borders quilted in. There are a few spots I'm not proud of with the borders, but it's done. I used a Hobbs batting which I hadn't used in probably 8 years and now I remember why I don't use it. I put the binding on by machine while I watched the Bachelor. It's funny watching it with Paul because he acts like he's not watching and all of a sudden he's calling the girls by name and saying who's staying and who's going and he's right!
I'm so excited to start a new quilt that I just wanted to be done with the Happy Hour quilt! I'm making this quilt (or a very close version) for Paul. I had the panel and several complimentary fabrics, so just had to get a few more pieces and now I have all but the bird borders, which we don't have at the store, so I'm going to use the deer fabric on top and bottom. He thinks it's really cool. It looks like this and is from the new Easy Quilts magazine.
It's my favorite new magazine! The quilts in it are so easy and really appeal to me. When I saw it, the wall hanging from the panel went out the window. I think this will make a great throw for the couch.