Sunday, August 30, 2009

Done At Last!

It's been hard to find any sewing time this week. The beginning of the school year is busy. And it seems to be taking a while for me to adjust to going to bed early (i.e. 10 p.m.) and getting up at the crack of dawn (i.e. 6 a.m.) after a summer of sleeping in. I am in no way a morning person so my snooze alarm has been getting thwacked quite a bit this week. By Friday night I was just plain exhausted.

I rested up yesterday and today I finally got to the sewing room to put the borders on the Quiltalong nine patch. I really wanted to get this to the flimsy stage so I could move on to some other projects. I don't know why this was such an issue with me; I've left plenty of other UFO's in the lurch to begin new things, but anyway, I did push myself to get it done. And I did.

I'm really pleased with the way this came out. It's such a happy looking little quilt. I was able to use quite a lot of odds and ends from the scrap baskets, although I did fill in with a few fat quarters I bought in order to give it some variety. I'd like to back it with some yellow fabric like some of the older scrap quilts I've seen.

At first I thought I would just tie it, but I've decided to go ahead and take it to the longarmer for some all-over quilting. Baptist fan maybe?

Many thanks to amandajean for hosting the quiltalong this summer. It was lots of fun to participate. She has already started round 2, if you're interested.

I spent the rest of the afternoon trimming the Blooming nine patch and sewing on the binding. Now I need to hand sew it down and that will be done. I'm not sure where this new-found dedication to finishing projects is coming from, but it's nice to have a few things in the "done" column rather than sitting around in piles in the sewing room.

The blue and white quilt came back from the longarmer this week looking really good. I should start working on binding it, but hey, I don't want to go too far with this finishing business. I've got a couple of projects in mind and I don't know how much longer I can keep myself from starting something new.

Going back to work also means less time on the computer, so I am very behind in reading blog posts and replying to comments. I hope to get caught up soon!


Lynn said...

I'm glad you pushed yourself. The top is beautiful, simple and beautiful.

Nancy said...

Nice job on the quilt top. Baptist Fans would look great on this top.

Fiesta said...

It is beautiful. It reminds me that I still have to put the sashing on mine.

nicolette said...

A very nice crispy happy scrappy colourful quilt-top!

Anne Ida said...

Oh, this is lovely - such a cheery reminder of summer, now that autumn is setting in! Congratulations on finishing this top!

Some heavy, curvy quilting will look great on this one, so babtist fans sounds like a good idea!

Happy quilting!

Ruth's Place said...

It's beautiful!

Deb Geyer said...

It looks awesome Dianna!

Rose Marie said...

Good for you .... your top is done and it is gorgeous .... so bright and cheery. My blocks from the challenge are in a box and one of these days I'll get around to assembling them.