Wednesday, November 18, 2015

progress, at a snail's pace

It's quite possibly my frame of mind,
and not actual fact,
but progress has been pitifully slow around these parts.

I finally managed to finish sewing the rows together and trim the OBW quilt
and made and attached the border.
(my first mitered border!)
Prior to attaching the 3" creamsicle border,
I'd also made a 5 inch border using a scalloped fabric from the same Joel Dewberry line,
but when I put it next to the quilt
let's just say
it didn't add anything.

So - I decided the quilt top was finished as is.
A little smaller than I'd have preferred,
but still quite usable at 59 x 73.

I came up with a plan for the back 
that utilized my already-made border,
but I wasn't loving the idea,
so I scrapped it
and put together a backing
that I am much happier with,
with just 3 large pieces of fabric.

Since my cutting mat was still on the table,
I went ahead and cut my binding strips.
And then,
since they were cut,
I went ahead and sewed 'em up.


I (finally!) finished my 110 QAYG blocks on Monday.
(which more accurately should be called QAYP - quilt as you piece - blocks)

then finished trimming them yesterday afternoon,
and spent a few hours last night
and another hour this morning
 adding a bit of hand quilting
to every strip 1 7/8" or wider.

I'd say I've got another 4 hours or so of hand quilting to go,
then I'll join the blocks
and it'll be almost finished :-)

hi, kitty kitty

linking up with Lee and the girls


  1. Seems that holiday rush is hitting us all! Nice choice on the binding for the OBW quilt - that's going to look awesome all together. Keep plugging'll make it!

  2. Well it sure looks and sounds like you've been busy! That mitered border looks great, and 110 QAYG blocks! Wow, that sounds like either one very big quilt or several small quilts!

  3. I'm really looking forward to seeing this quilt finished, the WIP was amazing, and I'm sure once quilted and bound it will be just stunning. I know that having to scrap your original plan all too well! The seam ripper has been my constant companion these last days. And now I'm at a stopping point having to wait for supplies to arrive. I pick up one WIP to work on it only to realize that I don't have enough of one fabric, or can't finish another because I decided plan to add additional colors that have to be ordered... and let's not talk about how long it takes to get a fabric order to Germany!?! Hmmm... QAYG - it's on my list, just trying to figure out if I want to try it on my next quilt or not.

  4. Oh my gosh oh my gosh! I've scrolled to this post so I can read things in order, but I'm so excited to see the story of your OBW. I was thinking about it the other day, wondering how you'd decided to proceed. And...Wow, I can't believe the stack of blocks you've prepared for your QAYG project. Looks like a lot of progress happening around there!


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