I've been working like crazy on these two little quiltlets for the past week or so. I've been dutifully working on the Building Blocks Quilt Along with Leah Day, and she's right - it really does make a difference when you're quilting pretty much daily.
It's been a ride making these "quick"(haha) little quilts! I have made them for a friend who I'm seeing for dinner tonight. Partly due to be broke and partly due to being disorganised, I missed the opportunity to give her a special baby gift when her first little one was born, and she's now had a second child! Time gets away. :-/ So when she sent me a message telling me she's in town from Adelaide, and only for a night or two, I went into over drive with the hope that I'd get two little quilts done for her and her babes.
I broke one of my sewing machines (I have two, one for piecing and one for quilting) on the blue quilt. Oops. Something was squiffy with the bobbin, as often happens, so I'd opened it to re-do everything and when I put it all back together I'd forgotten to put the screw back into the plate, so CLUNK and off it went. Stabbed the bobbin case badly, won't work, off to the sewing machine doctor.
Never mind, I say. I had my second machine. I start quilting the orange one, looks great. I start quilting the blue one, and lo and behold it looks terrible. Two hours of unpicking. All good - it was only one strip and I simplified what I was doing, which was way too busy, to the simple box pattern you see in the next post.
Final disaster came when, the day before I'm due to give them away, I run over a pin at high speed when doing the binding and do a good amount of damage to the other machine. No go. Looks really bad and I'm a bit freaked out - this is my big expensive machine. I rush off to the Sewing Doctor, who assures me that it's a small thing and he can fix it by Friday next week, or longer if he doesn't have parts in stock. You know, a week or two.
Nooooo! So close! only the binding to do!
Lucky for me I have wonderful friends, and within an hour of me wailing my woes on facebook I'd had three offers of a loan. Wonderful! So I finally finished. And I finally get to post something on the FMQ Project Link Up page (how exciting)
... final chapter of the story and some detailed photos of the quilts next post ;)