I finally finished the Irish Chain quilt for my friend's daughter's 21st birthday gift! I started it back in August! Cut out the pieces on August 23. I had all the 9-patch pieces sewn by that Saturday. I continued to sew on it on Sunday and, by Monday, August 31, I had the entire top sewn. But then, on September 1, I had my biopsy and things sort of went in a different direction. I did other sewing projects and procrastinated on finishing the quilt top!
And then, when I got back to sewing the quilt top, I had some difficulty with sewing the borders on, getting things to come out evenly and neatly, etc. I didn't have enough of one shade of blue for all four borders, so I used two different shades! There was a particular piece of fabric I had in my stash which I wanted for the backing, but it turned out to be a bit too narrow, so I had to sew two strips of the border fabric to it to make it wider. The blanket I used as the filling turned out to be uneven and I ended up cutting off a strip! I hemmed the borders by hand and my wrist hurt for two days, afterwards, and I had to rest my hand. It got to the point where just finishing the quilt became a challenge!
|Close Up of the Backing Fabric|
Once my hand got better, I hand quilted a single row all around the outer edge of the quilt border, to keep the blanket from shifting. Then, I tied the rest of the quilt, using blue embroidery thread.
It is not perfect, but it is done! And I used up four big pieces of fabric from my stash, as well as several smaller scraps. This was a good stash buster quilt!
Now, I can turn my attention to knitting myself a warm hat and a different quilt. Not to mention sewing some Christmas gifts!
Today, in between sewing on the quilt, I cleaned the kitchen, went for a short walk, had my aunt and cousin visit in the afternoon, and cooked rice, smoked sausage, and bok choy for dinner. Breakfast was bread rolls sandwiched with roast turkey; lunch was rice with the ground beef mixture (there's one last serving of the ground beef mixture left). I didn't go Black Friday shopping! Last year, I did some fabric shopping on Black Friday, but this year, I stayed home!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Finishing the quilt!
- Family visiting
- A walk in the sunshine and fresh air
- Daughter's company
- A relaxed day
Did you go shopping today? If so, did you get some good bargains?