Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A four bobbin day!!

I actually sewed a lot yesterday! I usually just sew in the mornings, and then work on the house, etc in the afternoons on my days off from work, but yesterday....was different! I sewed and sewed and sewed! I finished putting together one of my oldest UFO's...this quilt! OK folks...I found out that working with really long, big blocks is hard! Hard to make all the seams match...I actually had to PIN something! Horrors!! Just joshing...I got it together and am so glad to have an empty project box, yahoo! The pink border is the width it is because that is all the fabric I had left. The problem with letting a project go this long is that the original fabrics for the project have disappeared or gotten used up...so the pink is different, and also the setting white is different. Oh well!!
And the final border is on, on the plaid string quilt along!!! I just love it....hey, does anyone know why when I cut the border plaid on grain, carefully...the plaids are crooked? I think this is a woven plaid, so it ought to follow the grain...this same fabric did the same thing in my first string plaid quilt too. Oh well...I like it so much anyway!!


Thank you all for joining me and encouraging me in this, my first quilt along...hope you all have fun with your strings!!!



Have a super day!

Julie

35 comments:

Janet O. said...

Wow, Julie, you scored big time! Two wonderful scrap quilt tops done and I absolutely love them both!! I think the triple sashing with the 9-patch cornerstones is such a beautiful way to set blocks. Takes a little more time, but so worth it! Great job!!

Libby said...

Four bobbins! You rock *s*

Love the Dresden plates - the setting is just perfect.

Mary said...

Four bobbins is a lot of stitching! Do you have any idea how many different plaids you may have used in your quilt?

Cheryl said...

Fabulous finishes! My heart sings when I see your dresden plate quilt. Great setting choice. You have inspired me.

Sue H said...

You have been busy! I love both of these quilts and the way you've sashed them. Very nice.

Sharon said...

Two great finishes for you, yippie! I love both of them. As for the variety of backgrounds, so what, it's a scrappy quilt anyways. Isn't it great when you have time to work through a project?

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Four bobbins!~ way to sew!! :-) Love your quilts! Have a great day!

paulette said...

Hi Julie,
I loved this quilt when you put on the first border but now that that last border with the 9 patch is on I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt!! Wow!! It sings!!
Well done!
P

AnnieO said...

Love that triple sashing on both--solid and plaid, it gives a wonderful look. Will have to remember that....

Glad you ignored the dust for a day and sewed for your heart's content!

Kathy MacKie said...

Just beautiful, well done.

Nicky said...

Still having fun with my strings but hopelessly behind on your speedy pace. Great getting those UFOs out of the box and onto the bed though!

Natasha said...

I love the dresden quilt. It is stunning! You must be proud of your finish. Any ideas on how you will quilt it?

Rose said...

That D.P. is gorgeous...and who cares if the whites and pinks are different...that is what quilts are for...using up fabric.

Leah said...

Awesome Dresden Plate! and Lol about the pinning. I feel the same way. :)

Vivian said...

Two really great finishes, great job!

When dealing with directional fabrics the way to check if it is printed/woven "on grain" is to take a snip at the selvege edge and tear it aross. The fabric will rip along the woven grain and then you will see first hand if the print lines up with that and can adjust your cutting accordingly.

Sometimes the "problem" is that when we even the edge of the fabric by checking how it "hangs", it may not hang as precisely on grain as it seems.

Becky said...

Julie, if I understand your question about the plaid, my guess is that it isn't always printed on straight of grain. My SIL who sews with lots of decorator fabric complains about this often. Congrats on another finish!

Lori said...

Just this mornign I left a comment on yesterday's post and you have gotten this far already?! Amazing girlfriend!! Way to go!

Floss said...

I think the last border on the plaid quit is perfect, it just finished it of nicely.

Stray Stitches said...

Both quilts are gorgeous!!! I have yet to find a plaid that stays on grain in both directions.

Merilyn said...

My goodness Julie! you are a powerhouse!!!! The dresden plate turned out spectacularly!!! perfect, I love it!!!! The last border on the plaid is wonderful too!!! You have really done a great job of getting these two quilts to this stage in such a short space of time. Are you sure there aren't some little quilting fairies in your sewing room?LOL If they have nothing to do now, will you please send them around to my house LOL!

Kristie said...

I'm always amazed at how much you get done! They are beautiful! I just love the sashings on your dresdens, a perfect choice!

Have a wonderful evening
Kristie

Jeanne said...

Wishing you more four bobbin days! Love your pink quilt and pink isn't even my color. LOL I've been hauling out older UFOs tonight and just can't get in the mood to tackle any.

Quilter Kathy said...

OH my goodness...2 quilt tops finished...I am clapping for you! Both are beautiful...way to go! Love to see a quilter sewing up a storm!

Vicki W said...

That sounds like an absolutely perfect day!

Shannon said...

You amaze me. It is so cool to see how much you get done. Your dresden plate is beautiful. I love your string quilt. That is my next obsession! LOL!!

Terry said...

Your Dresden's look beautiful the way you've put them together! :0)

Barb said...

That is a great day when you can just sew until your heart it content!!

Leanne said...

2 beautiful quilts you should be really pleased.

Debi said...

You did great and your quilts are gorgeous. Looking forwad to having a day dedicated to sewing!

Lois Arnold said...

As always, just beautiful! Glad you got some free time to sew!

Kim said...

Plaid strings........how beautiful.

Happy Sewing

Lyn said...

Hello Julie, lovely finish to the Dresden plates....your sewing machine must have been smokin....grin...hugs lyn

ria vogelzang said...

Wow!! What a lovely Dresden Plate and String-quilt!
You really had great fun!

Shari said...

Two very wonderful quilts! Especially the Dresden - looks like a valuable family heirloom already...

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh congrats on your UFO finish! It looks wonderful! And I love your plaid string quilt! "someday" I'll get back to mine!