Up To My Eyeballs!

Have you heard the saying ‘when it rains it pours’?  That’s what I feel like happened to me last week. I’ve been extremely busy, both with sewing and non- sewing projects. Can you believe it’s almost the end of September?!?!

Some exciting news – I received my first commission last week for a baby quilt and I’m cautiously optimistic. There’s a certain amount of pressure that comes with making a special request project for someone. Fortunately it’s to be a Christmas gift so I’m not under a huge time crunch to get it finished.

I’ve made some progress on the churn dash blocks I’m making but don’t have pics yet. I’m feeling a bit ambivalent about them. I love the fabric in them, but am having to be really fussy when putting them together or I will lose the points when the blocks are assembled. Sis asked me why I’m so hung up on churn dash blocks.  I don’t know, I just know I like them and would like to make a quilt or wallhanging with them.  I’ll share more about these later.

The project that has taken most of my time this week is a quilting project I’m doing for my sister. She pieced the top and asked me to quilt it. I’m going to share a few pics but not the entire quilt until she has received it.  Please forgive the picture quality; the weather was so bad this morning and I was under a time crunch to get the quilt in the mail.

Because it is not my quilt I’m being extra picky with it. I’ve picked out and requilted three sections already. And for whatever reason, my machine has decided to have major tension issues on each of the FMQ sections. Ack!  So, most of it is being done with my walking foot which means it is taking longer than anticipated.

 

 One of my favorite blocks in her quilt

Last evening I was determined to get the tension issues fixed.  She wants meandering loops – she’s going to get them!  🙂   After adjusting, changing needle size, and changing thread brands I FINALLY got it to work.  Victory! So I stayed up till the middle of the night finishing the quilt.  I was afraid to stop in case I jinxed everything. (Please ignore the bits of thread and batting – again, time crunch!)

 

Sis and I definitely have different styles when it comes to quilting.  She loves traditional, shirting, anything 30’s style, and darker toned fabrics.  I am more modern, contemporary, and bright prints.  Even so, I love this red she chose for the sashing.  Look at that sweet design!

 

I finally finished her quilt and sent it off in the mail today.  I hope she likes it.  Now, off to clean up the mess in my sewing room!

Linking up with Anything Goes Monday.  Head on over to see what great things everyone is working on!

 

About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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7 Responses to Up To My Eyeballs!

  1. Anne Beier says:

    good news!! congratulations.

  2. Congratulations on the commission! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to make a living by quilting?!

  3. You got a commission! Wow, that is so wonderful! Cannot wait to see the progress on that!

  4. i LOVE your meander design!! Someday soon I need to venture into free motion quilting. it scares the dickens out of me!! Looking forward to seeing more of your projects 🙂
    XX!

  5. Cheryl says:

    I know how frustrating it is to have machine issues, I too have stayed up super late working on quilting because I was afraid that if I turned the machine off it would start acting up the next time I turned it on 🙂

  6. Oh, congratulations on your first commission – that is super exciting! 🙂 I love that you did quilting for your sister, that is awesome. I hope she loves it, and I look forward to more pictures in your reveal post once she has it in hand.

  7. Jasmine says:

    Congrats on getting it finished. I’m looking forward to the big reveal. The parts I can see look great!

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