Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowy Blowy Day

We're on our second snow day this week.  The snow moved in yesterday morning early and dropped about 4 or 5 inches by daylight, which is more than enough to call off school here.  Then, last night the wind began to blow all the snow around and the temperature dropped into the teens.  Everything froze.  Our street, our driveway, even our steps were covered in a hard glaze of ice.  The streets seem fairly clear now, but I'm betting we'll have at least a two hour delay tomorrow.  We'll see.

Anyway, ahem.  Ta-da!  Look what I finally finished.  I don't know why this simple little quilt gave me such fits, but as of now I am over the fits and the complaining and the whining.  I promise.  I finished up the last two seams this afternoon and breathed a huge sigh of relief.  Borders, you ask?  Borders?  Well, yes there will be borders.  Eventually.  I checked through the stash this afternoon and I don't have anything big enough, so borders will have to wait until I can get to the quilt shop.


Toward the end, my seam sewing was not of the best.  There is more than one intersection that I wouldn't want to have anyone examine too closely.  I redid a few, but I decided to just accept a few imperfections on some of the others.  It's done.  That's all I care about at the moment.  

By the way, I really appreciated all the comments I got about my struggles with this one.  And I need to say a heartfelt thank you to Homemade Quilts by Granny, (a no-reply blogger) who commented simply, "I like your rail fence don't give up on it."  That comment came along just as I was wavering about putting it away for another day. I didn't give up and now I have one less UFO to worry about.

I did quite a bit of straightening up in my sewing room while I was avoiding sewing the rail fence.  I have lots of quilting books and magazines and they have overtaken my shelf space.  Yesterday I sat down with a stack of magazines that I was saving only for the sake of one or two projects that I thought I might be interested in sewing.  I was pulling out the pages for those projects and tossing the rest of the magazines when I came across directions for a doll quilt called Civil War Scraps in an old Fons and Porter magazine.  I love the design, and best of all, it's really small.  I need something little, something that I can get DONE.  

I tossed some fat quarters in the wash last night thinking I could get a start on it today and then sat down to check around the blogs.  I was amazed to find A Sentimental Quilter, Kathy Tracy, who is the designer of THIS little quilt and the author of American Doll Quilts, Prairie Children and Their Quilts, and Remembering Adelia

I did a test block this afternoon.


I am so looking forward to working on this one.


Lynn said...

Your quilt turned out beautifully! I think it's a good thing you didn't put it away unfinished.

Your new project looks like it will be beautiful as well.

Kathie said...

the rail fence looks great! don't be so hard on yourself, once the quilt gets quilted you won't notice any seams!
Love the block can't wait to see Kathleen's quilt your making, please keep sharing your progress on this one, right now I am really enjoying making little quilts
Yes we have another snow day today as well....

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Oh Wow!How sweet of you.It is a beautiful quilt glad you didn't give up on it.

Darlene said...

Love your rails - glad you stayed with it.

Jenni said...

I like the rail fence too, at least it is nearly done, but I have quilts with no borders yet sitting in the cupboard... Thanks for the link to the doll quilt blog - I have one of her books too, so very interesting. Thanks for visiting.

Rose Marie said...

Love your rail fence and the colours you used!