Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Pedal to the Metal - WIP

It's been pedal to the metal since I found out that my favourite long arm quilter has reserved a spot to have my MiL's quilt quilted BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!!! Yes you read that right folks and I'm a tad insanely excited.

Thank goodness for the lovely ladies in my Monday night quilting class - they helped chop 2 layer cakes into 2.5" strips for me - there's no way that I could of stood and cut all of those on my own - I'm doing better but I'm not at 100% health just yet - so thank you ladies!

I sat behind my sewing machine for the first time in almost a month (yup it feels good to be back in the saddle!) and zipped those strips together in alternating light/dark sets of 4.  Then cross-cut my butt off!

So here's the rough plan (and bad example of maths at play) for the layout of MiL's quilt - nice big picture blocks padded out with 774 two inch blocks - yes 774 - sheesh!

So here's how I'm going so far ...

Top row done!

Spare mattress = design wall

Second row planned ...

Floor = design wall

I was on fire!  until this happened - doh!  

AND NO SPARE! ... hand slaps forehead repeatedly!  So the kids are going to be treated to a little shop at Spotlight to restock ... aren't they lucky?!

At the calmer, less Speedy Gonzales end of the sewing spectrum, I've managed to hand piece another Farmers's wife block.

Farmers Wife Block 31 "Evening Star"

Is it bothering me that the fussy cut centre is not centred - YES!!!!  Ah well, as someone said to me on Instagram "A man on a horse galloping wouldn't see it" or something along those lines .. too funny! (@sewgiving if you want to come along for the ride)

Hope to see you over at Freshly Pieced!



  1. Ha! That saying sounds like something Rachael (BlueMountainDaisy) would say! The MIL's quilt is going to be great! The red frames are perfect!

  2. WOW Those little squares just look amazing and that whole quilt is going to be gorgeous!

  3. You are seriously crazy with all those 2"!!! But it's looking FABULOUS!!! Go You!

  4. Things are coming together so nicley. I love your picture blocks and your farmers wife block looks lovely to me!

  5. I must have been on my horse, too, because I did not notice until you pointed it out. Your hand piecing is beautiful! Loving the progress you have made on your MIL quilt. It's GORGEOUS!

  6. Those are a lot of 2" blocks, wow, the quilt is going to look amazing when it is finished.

  7. Oh, I love the MIL quilt! Beautiful and the fw block is lovely.

  8. Look at you go with those 2' squares!! You'll have that quilt finished in no time! I didn't notice the center of the FW block wasn't centered, and i'm not even on a horse. I love that saying about the galloping rider, half my quilts wouldn't be finished if I hadn't heard it.

  9. A supreme effort, and how fabulous does it all look. Wish I was your MIL!! Love the new wee block too. Clever you. :) xx

  10. You quilt for your MIL is going to be fantastic! I absolutely adore the bird with the nest, where can i find that pattern?! Can't wait to see this quilt finish up!

  11. Are you serious?!? 2" squares? You must really love your MIL to design the quilt using 2" squares. It sure does look amazing with the pp blocks!!!!! You seem to be cruising right along...nothing like a date with a long arm for a little motivation!!

  12. Your mother in law will love her quilt. great job!



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