Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Hour Pink/ Brown finished!

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.
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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.
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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.


Michelle said...

Your quilt looks GREAT!

Three Birds Inspired said...

I love that magazine, too! I always find a quilt in there that I like and that I can easily make in a short period of time. I like that kind of gratification.

Darling Jill Quilts said...

i like that magazine, too! Your quilt looks great!

Gina said...

Love the quilt. I'm sorry you had so many problems with the quilting.
love the quilt you are going to make for Paul
Mal's like Paul but with Top Model. He moans that I watch it but he gets so involved and complains if they vote off the wrong girl.
love and hugs Gina xxx

Jen said...

I think your quilting looks great!! I forget is this one for you? Someone else in blogland is doing one similar to what you want to make for paul too. I'll see if I can find it.

Anonymous said...

I wish I had seen that wildlife pattern and panel before I started Dave's quilt. I work so much better when I have a pattern to follow!

The Happy Hour quilt looks great.

Andee said...

I have seen Happy Hour done in lots of different colors, but this one is my favorite! I have the pattern and one day plan to make it..thanks for the extra inspiration!

Amy said...

I love that quilt. I am working on the same colors,but moving more slowly. yours looks great. and the deer panel quilt... lovely also. thanks for sharing,, Amy

ZONE F DG TEAM said...

Great work!!!

It's amazing what a little time and patience can achieve.

Jenn Boerger said...

Pink and brown quilt looks great! I'm sure it feels good to be done!

Barb said...

I love your pink and brown "Happy Hour." I did mine in Turquoise and Brown. Actually I redid my entire dining room based on it. It's on my blog, if you want to see it.

quiltin cntrygrl said...

I love your happy hour quilt and the panel gives me some good ideas too. I have yet to finish the sponge bob quilt that I started before leaving on deployment. But I have been making lists of 100 others that I want to do.. smiles