Sunday, December 23, 2012

Don't Do As I Do


I had this brilliant idea.  Why cut the borders for my quilt to a set length and then discover it was too short or too long?  I cut them a bit longer until I finished sewing them on and then cut the perfectly on the edges.  How smart am I?

Not so smart.  I guess I pulled a little too much on one of the borders and it got stretched out.  Just a wee bit.  About 1/2 inch.  But enough that I couldn't get the next border to sit properly.  So THAT is why Carolyn at the Old Trinity Quilt shop told me to cut it to size?  Then she reminded me to pin it at each end and the middle and then make sure it fit evenly all along the edge.  This seemed overly fussy to me at the time, and now that I know there is a good reason for it, I will be overly fussy in the future.  I guess I have to know the WHY of something.  I'm too stubborn to just follow the rules.  Gotta know why.  Good thing I'm not in the Army.


That meant I had to take out the whole side and then cut a bit off , pin it the RIGHT way and sew it again.  Next I cut and put on the rest of the borders and I am done with the top.


I put the quilt away for the rest of the year.  I may get a new sewing machine and I will use that to do the final quilting.  Two of our kids (adult children) are coming for Christmas and when I am working on a project I tend to get engrossed and forget about everything else.  I want to finish it.  Then I need another project.  So I will think about it next year.


So what did I do?  I set up the craft room for stained glass, that's what. 

I will go with the kids to Christiansburg to visit Tech and use that as an excuse to see the stained glass store there.  I hope they are open between Christmas and New Year's.  After I finish the transom I will start thinking about the quilt again.


So family will take precedence and I will wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  There will be some baking going on, so I hope to have some recipes to post soon.


  1. That is a beautiful quilt. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, too!

  2. Merry Christmas from the Uotinens (you know, the crazy mom with 3 homeschooled girls that visited the Fincastle library?) Ana (12) Amie (9) and Lauren (7). Thank you for such a wonderful blog!

  3. Hope your Christmas was a wonderful one shared with family, Rebecca, and will look forward to reading about your holiday adventures, including new recipes. It was wonderful to meet you and Lee this year; thanks again for the hospitality. We spent our Christmas at home and shared dinners with neighbors and friends. Our family visit road trip starts on New Years Eve when we head to PA and then New England. Happy New Year to you and your family from the Frog & PenguINN folks!