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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Full Monday

After blogging yesterday morning I got busy in the sewing room. Johnny was going to the grocery store and then cutting the grass so Lucy and I had the house to ourselves most of the morning. I made me a little post it list of things I would like to get done so that I could catch up after too many non sew days last week.

One of the most time consuming items was to add this last outer border and make the binding for Blue All Around. It always takes longer to add borders that I estimate. As I laid this on out on the floor to photograph I thought about a blog I had read last. The blogger was also a long arm quilter and she was talking about wavy borders and showed some examples. She talked about how hard they were to quilt and it is almost impossible to not get pleats in them. The one she was showing was so bad she took it off the machine and added darts to it. Ada has told me about taking the borders off for customers and re cutting them and sewing them back on and I have done that myself one time. What she didn't say was a way you can check your top before you take it to a quilter. Laying it on the floor to photograph is also a way to see how flat it is. If you can see ruffles and it doesn't lay flat then you need to redo the borders. It is really easy to get a little fullness in especially when adding a straight border after a pieced border.

I also got the second pineapple block made and them put together, but now it is not square, not sure how I will correct this. I may have to make my own pillow form.

I got the other 88 HST's made, just need to finish pressing them. I will square them for each block as I go, doing a few each month as I pick up my blocks from the four patch swap.

I also got that king size embroidery quilt trimmed and the bind made and sewn on. I'll spend the next few nights whipping the binding down. This thing is 104 by 104 so just trimming it and sewing on the binding was a job.

All in all it was a very successful day despite the couple of down time hour I had during the storm yesterday afternoon. We got a ton of rain and it rained again during the night so I don't think we will be getting into the garden any time soon. Not sure what I will get done today. I need to freeze some squash and I would like to get out to the quilt shack. Check back later to see just what got done.

Happy Stitching,



  1. Hi Teresa, love your pineapple blocks!

  2. Glad you had such a productive day. The pineapples look sweet and juicy. The Blue Quilt is a lot of work but it will make a gorgeous quilt that will be admired and cherished for a long time.

    1. Thank you, I am glad I went ahead and made the HST for the border, now I have to decide how I want to quilt it especially the open white squares.