Only 8 more days

DH unexpectedly got invited to go to a baseball game last night. So I had the house all to myself!!! Yippee!!!

First order of business was supper – I made a tuna casserole that DH doesn’t care for. Yummy and even yummier when I didn’t have to hear, “Why did you make this crap?” I have plenty of leftovers for lunch today, too.

Second order of business – get the borders ready for quilting. I finished piecing the batting together. Then I also had to piece a backing. That is where I made the unhappy discovery that the bolt of fabric I had bought for backings had holes in the fabric at the end of the bolt. I mean that there were small holes every yard or so on the last few yards on the bolt. VERY upsetting! I think I am going to have to track down an address for the manufacturer and complain. I mean, really, if there had been one or two holes, I might not have been upset. But I’m talking about a dozen or more holes! And I know that I didn’t spend a lot on the fabric – I’m almost positive I bought it at 50% off. But even so, when you buy fabric, you expect it to be usable. And, yes, I can use it for piecing, but I wanted to use a large length of it in one piece and that didn’t happen.

Sorry about the rant – I got a little off subject for a minute!

Anyway, I’m adding the borders with the quilt-as-you-go method. You can refer back to the tutorial I posted in June to learn more about it.

I decided to save time piecing the borders by making all four as one piece. I will quilt that, then cut the one piece into four border pieces. I’ll post pictures once I do those things and you’ll be able to understand a little better.

Here is the border fabric all pinned and ready to be quilted. I am only doing a simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting line, so it should be quick and easy (famous last words!!) I need to get moving so that I can, hopefully, get the quilting finished this evening.


3 thoughts on “Only 8 more days

  1. 8 days is right! I have only 8 days to complete a sample of the service quilt project for my quilt guild and haven’t even started! I’m going to suggest the “jelly roll race” with or without your addition of small blocks (9-patch or 4-patch or just solid) between the strips. I wanted to have a top done – there’s NO WAY I would have a full quilt finished. I don’t have a lot of full yardage in my stash so I’m having trouble finding enough full width strips of a coordinating color. I’d better get moving!


  2. Once you get your strips ready, putting the top together is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! I was able to have a top finished in less than 2 hours! Of course, the quilting does take a good bit longer. But if you only need a top, you will be able to get that done with time to spare.

    Maybe you could piece your strips so you have enough full width strips that coordinate?


  3. I did a stash inventory last night and I have more than I thought! Imagine that! I may have to piece a few, but I feel better now. Of course, fondling fabric always makes me feel better! And on another topic, not that I want my days to go any faster than they already do, but I can’t wait for the end of October to go on the Shop Hop and then get together for a quiet retreat. WooHoo! More fun to come!


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