I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
This is a quick post so I can whine just a bit. You are forewarned. My hubby had an unexpected business trip this evening so I thought I was going to get lots of sewing done. Instead of tackling my list, though, I tried putting together one of the blocks for my son's quilt. Actually, I was supposed to cut more strips for my half square triangles but I messed up on the first fabric (the yellow above) and, trying to make lemonade from lemons, decided to test out a block. I cut the triangles for the outside of the block and then realized all the outside edges were going to be bias. Did I stop and read the directions? Nope, plowed right on. Then, I headed to the sewing machine but when I stepped on the foot pedal, the machine started sewing...backwards. &^%*(# Not this again. I tried turning it on and off, unplugging, whatever. It still went backwards. But I plowed on. I wound up trying everything; literally pushed all the buttons and turned all the knobs. Finally, it went forward. Then I couldn't keep all the triangles pointing the right direction. I had to "unsew" at least four times. I haven't ripped anything out in two years until tonight.
I just read the directions. I cut the yellow triangles wrong but I'm still using this block. The rest of the blocks will not have bias edges on the outside. Duh! Tomorrow I am working on a different project and will stick to cutting and sewing the half square triangles. If it takes me a whole evening to complete a block this is going to take awhile!!