Monday, July 21, 2008

One of those days!

Ever had one of those days when you struggle and fight to keep all the pieces together? I'm not talking about life; that would be a really bad day. I'm talking about just sewing together a quilt block. You just know you cut out the correct number of pieces because you counted them at least twice. You have everything right there together so you can just sew, sew, sew. But then when you do finally sit down at the machine you don't have the right number of pieces and have to drag out the mat, rulers and rotary cutter AGAIN. Then when you do start sewing you can't seem to lay your hands on the right pieces. You are chain sewing along and "what's this? I am two triangles short AGAIN?"

I've had one of those days today. I sat down this morning to begin sewing this little Lori Smith pattern. I bought it in a kit at the NQA quilt show in Columbus last month. I spent Sunday afternoon cutting out all the pieces and just knew I would zip right through it. No, Nope, Uh Uh, No way, how many other ways can I say it? It just was a fight from the beginning. Let me just tell you though, it wasn't the pattern. Although, the pieces for this little jewel are miniscule they did finally go together just fine. It was ALL me. Just one of those days!!

I put the scissors and pin cushion there so you could get the scale of these little beauties. I love the pinks and browns that are in right now.

When these are squared up they will only be
3 7/8". The block is about 4 3/8 right now. My chubby fingers really struggled with those little half square triangles and I still have all the little pink and cream ones to make for the center of the quilt. I sure hope I get my act together. Maybe I should just wait for another day.

On a more positive note, I finished up the Coneflower Wool Penny rug that I started in a class at the quilt show. Pat Sloan was so much fun and also a wealth of knowledge about wool. I only work on handwork in the evenings so it took me a while to get this finished up(I was still working on hand quilting my grandmother's quilt when I started it.
Thanks for stopping by. I feel better now that you let me vent my frustrations.
Happy quilting!


Lurline's Place said...

Tiny, wincy blocks, Donna! Don't be too hard on yourself - you have done really well and I love the fabric.
'Bye - Lurline.

OzRose said...

What a lovely little quilt - even after all the frustration - been there done that many times!!! LOL
And love the Penny Wool Rug too.

KyQuiltlady said...

I just love the little blocks! I have had lots of days like that. I am sure it will be really pretty when finished. Keep up the good work.

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, they might be tough but they're darling! They'll be worth it!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Now those are some teeny tiny blocks - YIKES, but they sure are cute. I love mini quilts but I do struggle with those all the time. But guess who has 2 ready for quilt camp, yup that's me. Hopefully there won't be a lot of grumbling coming from my sewing machine, LOL. LOVE your penny rug - very cute.

Hugs - Karen