Friday, November 21, 2008

WHAT was I thinking?

Ladies I GROSSLY underestimated how difficult quilting is. And I thought finding the fabric and getting it cut was the hard part! Oh no. NO no, friends I'm here to tell you that if you go to those crafty blogs and think "Oh, that looks easy enough, I think I'll try that." DO NOT. I repeat DO NOT TRY IT! You will want to go outside and freeze to death instead. (Rachel and Mama Belle, you will want to die of heat stroke, do you even know what freezing feels like?)
I still find it absolutely hilarious that their are some people that have know idea what I'm talking about when it comes to winter!
Back to sewing.
So I decided to make Linda a blanket. I was going to do it for her birthday, but I just wasn't motivated enough, so I thought ok I have months until Christmas, I can make it happen.
Throw in the circus of Joann's and well, I was ready to forget it. Then Sweet Linda emails me asking whatever did I mean when I posted "Sorry Linda." So naturally I can not lie and she basically threw a tiny fit for a blanket. (It's OK Linda we all have them, and I still love you. Why do you think I'm murdering myself over this?)
Are you ready for some pictures?
FYI: No I will NOT be taking orders and Linda this was my PRACTICE blanket. It's not yours. I can only let the dog have this one, I am shamed.

Wintery fabric. Check.

Do you know how tedious it is to cut fabric into tons and tons of squares? I did NOT. Squares. Check.

This part took FOREVER. I watched both soaps +commercials and Survivor. That is 3 hours!

Squares pinned in the pattern. Check.

Zabadoodee...we're sewing.

STILL sewing. It was light when I started. Morning. It's night now and I'm still sewing! Do you notice the new machine? Huh did ya did ya? That's cause I ran out of thread and had to go to the fabric store, Not Joanns. And there she was on SALE! Daddy Santa said I could buy it. The ladies told me I needed to use it within 60 naturally I went straight home and USED IT!. I have to wrap the empty boxes...

YEAH, still sewing. Butter wants her goodnight hug and kiss! My new machine is SWEET! It has decorative stitches on it! CAN you imagine? (Well, Sara you might.) But I am so excited...

And TA DA here it is the practice quilt.

I screwed up the pattern, it was after 2 AM when I finished pinning and I couldn't just leave it on the floor...Oh, well now that I have one under my belt I feel OK about making another.

I must now go join my family for movie night. I have neglected them for two days. We are watching WALL-E. Do I smell popcorn.............................


  1. It looks great! I have great admiration for anyone that can sew. I can barely sew a button on.

    Enjoy your movie.

  2. I think it looks awesome!

    Don't worry, I can't even sew on a button. :)

    And I do enjoy a quilt from time to time... when I knock the air down to 65. :)

  3. Ohmygosh that's awesome. I've always wanted to learn to quilt! I don't know why you're shamed and giving that piece of art to the dog (unless you like Really love your dog somethin' fierce in which case rock on) because it looks swell to me and you should be really proud of yourself!

    Blessings, Whitney

  4. you are so funny!! It is gorgeous!!! anyone would be happy to receive that blanket!!

    Even though I currently live in AR, I understand freezing. We lived in Minot, ND for 4+ years and it was 92 degrees BELOW zero when my youngest was born!!! I am so glad to be in the south again!!!

    btw, the new machine looks sweet!!!

  5. Dang, girl! You did that in no time! I still have fabric I bought on my honeymoon (5 1/2 years ago...*cough*) that is supposed to become a quilt. Sigh...

  6. I have a half finished quilt for my daughter. I think I will yank it off the shelf and finish it.
    Quilts are a labor of love. I am glad to see I am not the only one that struggled with completing one. :)

  7. It looks really nice! I am impressed! I have always wanted to learn to sew...can't even sew a button on a shirt!

  8. I agree with Baby Tunnel Exodus - that must be one LOVED dog if he gets that beautiful quilt! I think it is awesome! I love to craft, but yes, it takes an obnoxious amount of patience. :)

  9. OH MY WORD!!!! okay, so one, you must reeeeally love me. and two, will you pleeeeeeze just stuff this sweet one in a box and send it to me. i love it. the blue will match my bedroom. and after all this work, why in the world do another one? you are by far one of THE sweetest people on the planet. i can't believe you are quilting a blanket. i thought it was gonna be one of those tie ones. either way, YOU ROCK sara. and i am humbled and blessed you'd put that much time in for moi.

  10. hey and one mooooore thing. i'm gonna throw a fit if the dog gets this one and not me! ;o)

  11. I really like it!! The color scheme is right up my alley... and I admire you for starting it and finishing it... that's more than I would do!


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