Sunday, April 25, 2010

Virtual Quilting Retreat - Saturday

Saturday I slept in for a change! Paul fixed me breakfast and I relaxed. We did our shopping and were home by noon. I made 2 batches of pizza dough and then got to sewing. I quilted fabric together to make this binder cover. I used the Winding Ways fabric on the top and a light cream/tan on the inside since it wouldn't really be seen. I thought I had a green for binding, but Paul said no, and I didn't really like it, so I found a dark brown for the binding.
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It's a super thick binder, so I cut my quilted piece to 12 1/2"x 23 1/2" and then used the rest of my quilted fabric for the insides. I started with 17"x WOF and quilted it all. I used Thermore batting.
The inside was bound and I put a little pocket in for pens and highlighters. The inside pieces were cut 7.5"x 12.5". I bound it with 2" strips.
Then I started working on my big project of the weekend. My friend recently had a baby and I wanted to make her a purple quilt. I have tons of purple fabric left from the wedding, so I wanted something scrappy. Regina had a Jewel Box quilt on her blog recently and I fell in love. I've loved them for a long time, but my hatred of HST's has always stopped me from making one. I had planned to do a snowball/9 patch similar to the pink and white one I did for Colleen's baby, but decided the jewel box would work great for this quilt.
I searched on the internet and found 2 simple patterns. My biggest problem was combining the techniques and sizes used in each and I didn't figure correctly. One said the block finished 16", so I planned to make the quilt 3x4 blocks. Saturday afternoon I set to cutting this out. I cut and cut and cut. Finally I stopped and made individual stromboli for supper. MMM! I love to cook when I have time.
After supper I went back to work and started sewing together the 4 patches. I was working with scraps, not yardage, so I made a bunch and stopped. Then I made a few of the HST's. I got bored with those real fast and then I had to square them all up. It took me forever and I only did 12 of the 48 HST's I needed! By this time it was after 10PM and I was chatting with Regina and Jen again. I couldn't stand it any more I took what I had made and made 1 block. Then I made 2 more, but that's all I had enough pieces for! Three blocks took me about 7 hours. I do have a lot more cut out, but I'm not going to rush getting this done, so I gave it up for the night. It was midnight. I thought the blocks were awefully small, so I looked at the patterns I had. I had cut for the 8" finished blocks, not the 16" finished block pattern! No wonder each piece is 2.5"! That's when I couldn't do anymore on the Jewel Box quilt.
So I moved on to my Thangles BOM. I finished blocks 5 & 6 which were the ones I planned to do for April. I was listening to Breaking Dawn the 4th book in the Twighlight series and I only had 1 part left, so I wanted to finish.
Block 5
Block 6
At 1:15AM I was finished with both and headed to bed. It was a long day of sewing, but oh so much fun!


Barb said...

Your quilt is amazing....

love your projects...

Cindy said...

Hi Moneik. I'm finally back and doing some catch-up as time permits. WOW - YOU are a BUSY lady.

And, BTW, send Paul my way next Saturday...ROFLOL

Cindy said...

Even though you weren't there it seemed like you were because your name was used an awful lot. Maybe next year.

Jen said...

I think it's looking great! You had a lot of input at retreat. Everything was "Moneik By Proxy" You are on the list for next year. Would you believe it's cheaper to get a WEEK? And then we can just go for the amount of days we want!

Jen said...

Oh and I LOVE how your binder cover turned out!

piecesofpatti said...

Everything you do looks great! I am so looking forward to seeing you again and cannot wait until next year......provided I am on the list!!!!!!!! .......and we did not forget you, it was like you were there "by proxy"