Friday, September 10, 2010


... is going great! Phew!

Thank you for all of the nice comments yesterday. In true me fashion, as soon as I made that post and got all of my issues out, things went smoothly. I changed the needle in my machine. That seems to be the answer for most of my sewing problems (and left me wondering again why I didn't do it sooner). Then I finished up the quilting after getting the girls from school. Cooper hung out next to me playing with toys, and before I knew it, all the loops were done. And they look good, save a few weird ones.

I woke up early this morning and took advantage of the quiet time to prepare the binding. After auditioning some aqua dots and a few other busy prints, I decided to stick with aqua shot cotton. The back is a super soft green polka dot flannel. I decided all of my lap quilts will be backed in flannel from now on-- it's so snuggly!

So all that's left to do is the handstitching. And I always look forward to that. It will likely have to wait though, because we're going to be doing some more backpacking this weekend with the kids. It's a 14-mile round trip adventure-- wish us luck! Of course, it can't be harder than what I'll have to tackle when I get home. Check out the instructions I received for the Caesar's Crown block I'm doing (times six) for Bee Mental.

Yikes. Mental is right.

Have a good one!


Dree said...

Yikes is right!

Whenever I have thread breaking issues, I take the spool off and then rethread. That nearly always fixes it. I have one old wooden spool of thread that just doesn't work in my machine--yet I keep forgetting and trying again. Lame!

Amy said...

I am so glad that you got all your issues taken care of. I agree with Dree-whenever I have thread breaking, rethreading the machine usually takes care of it. Your quilt will be lovely! The flannel backing sounds perfect. Those blocks look really challenging...good luck!

Leslie said...

that block looks really really hard!!! i usually have to get my husband in on the math and measuring and cutting when things get more complicated than straight lines! i am so glad that there were no troubles with the binding...that is the best part.

Dani said...

My brain swims just looking at those directions.

Have fun backpacking. That sounds like fun, in what I assume is cool weather. Down here it would be brutal torture. I'll be sitting in the A/C, maybe-hopefully making The Girl some new pajamas.

Poppyprint said...

The loopy quilting looks fantastic in that photo and great binding choice. Almost there! Hope your trip has been fun and exciting!