This was a weekend of finishes for me. I had to move everything around in the sewing room so Rob could hang me a new shelf and while that was all out of the way, I vacuumed up the ton and a half of thread snips and picked up all the loose pins. And, I got on a tear to finish at least one of those baskets full of UFO's and clear off the sofa.
I got the last border on this quilt. I posted a picture of this quilt a couple weeks back and it was in rows, but the rows weren't together and the borders weren't assembled or attached. I finished all of that on the treadle machine. Treadling is fun. Not going to be my preferred method, probably. At least not while I can afford electricity. But, it was a fun alternative and I'm learning to make the wheel turn in the direction I want without having to touch it with my hands. That's the real tricky part. Quilters use their hands to sew because seam allowances have to be so exact and I couldn't hold the fabric with both hands and turn the wheel at the same time. With a little practice, I learned to use my feet on the treadle and if it's not turning in the right direction, I can stop and reverse before the thread gets a chance to break...although I did rethread that needle a whole bunch of times before I got the hang of it.
And, I finished these two afghans for Project Linus. The purple and green one just needed the yarn ends tucked into the work and the blue and brown one needed a couple more rows and then the ends tucked in from every time I changed colors. That took a while. These are adult size afghans. When I was more regularly involved in Linus, they had the greatest need for blankets for teen boys, so I've always made sure to make something big enough and in grown up colors, even if the purple and green is probably more of a girl afghan. But, I was starting with their donated yarn, so kinda had to go with those colors. These are my second and third afghans to ever make.
And, because I got so much finished, I decided I deserved something new to take on my business trip this week, so I took a set of Moda Lakeside Resort 5 inch precut squares and used my drunkard's path templates to cut all 42 fabrics down and started hand sewing them back together. I'm hoping to end up with a cute little drunkard's path quilt in these great colors. And, I needed a new fingerwork project. That paper pieced hexagon quilt that I started two years ago has lost it's excitement. Something new was required.
Hope you all had a great weekend. I'll be headed off to Cleveland tomorrow, leaving the poor bairns to fend for themselves. Aww, don't you feel sorry for them? Me, I'll be at a conference, staying in a hotel, roomservice, maidservice. It don't get much better than that. Add a little sewing in the evenings and I think I can stay awake during a conference.
And, I have a trip to a quilt store planned. And, you all know how much I love to go to an out of town quilt store.