Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday Night Sew In: The Morning After


I arrived home from work at about 3:45 (yes, I left shortly after the students departed) and I was raring to go. Got the mail, kicked off my shoes, got something to drink… and dove right in! I needed to get moving early as I am working today… snow make-up day, don’t you know.



Lest we forget what the snow & ice was like…

First, I laid out the Lilac Hill charm squares on the bed in the “auxiliary sewing room”… aka: the guest room next to my sewing *slash* computer room.


Second, I opened up the luscious Lilac Hill jelly roll and cut the 5” and 9” strips.





Then came the sorting of the strips with coordinating charm squares. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be… divvying up the lights/darks, solids/prints, large prints/small prints, plaids/florals, etc.




I just want to know why Moda puts FORTY-TWO charms squares in a pack and FORTY strips of the SAME line in the jelly roll.
Oh well, I can take care of those two orphan charm squares with a bit of the two different pieces of coordinating fabric for the two borders.




Next, I fired up the iron and got to sewing. By 5:00, I had ten blocks sewn and pressed and it was time for a break!
(Note to self: Surfing the net during a sewing break = too long of a break!)








By 8:30, I had 40 blocks sewn together, stacked up on the bed…







…and, then, I just had to spread them out!





Not bad for a Friday Night Sew In!

This afternoon… or tomorrow… whenever, I’ll sew the leftover sections of the jelly roll strips together, as per the tutorial… then cut those into strips to make a pieced border. All that’s left is to decide how big a border and which fabrics. I won't sew the blocks together until I rescue the two orphan charm squares by making them blocks too.

23 comments:

  1. Wow - you had a very productive sewing night! Great job with your FNSI.

    Angie - http://craftedAngles.com

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  2. Your blocks look great. Congrats on getting so much done.

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  3. Wow! Gorgeous results and a very productive FNSI.

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  4. Love it and love that fabric! Where is the tutorial? Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

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  5. That's quite a productive night! I agree with you on the surfing breaks - I end up spending way too much time looking and not doing! Great job!!

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  6. Congrats on your fantastic FNSI. WOW you certainly put the foot down and accomplished heaps! Well done! I love the fabric and arrangement of blocks.
    My first visit... but NOT my last. :)

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  7. Gotta love a FNSI, especially when you get an early start.
    Love the blocks, looks like that range has perfect colour combination.

    I'll be back shortly to see how these come together.

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  8. You've got so much done in one night - oh, my goodness! You are quite an inspiration :) And I love those colors and fabrics - what a great choice. I can't wait to see the border!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm glad we met!

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  9. I'm in love with that Lilac Hill fabric and your blocks are beautiful. I'll be back to see what you do for the borders.

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  10. Love the fabric that you used. It's going to be a great looking quilt!

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  11. Your blocks look great! Love what you've done with them

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  12. oooh those blocks look yummy!!!! Looks like you had quite the productive FNSI!!!

    Quiltingly Yours
    Andrea

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  13. Love those colors!! You really got a lot done! What an inspiration!!

    Pam

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  14. Very pretty! Don't those precuts make for a fast quilt?

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  15. Wow, that sure was a productive FNSI! Congrats on getting so much done. Love the fabrics! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  16. Wow, a whole set of blocks in one evening. That's productivity! Very pretty blocks by the way.

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  17. I think you accomplished a lot in one evening. Good going! :)

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  18. Oh Wow! An excellent Friday Night Sew-In and looking great.

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  19. What a beautiful quilt top--you sure got a lot done in one evening. Thanks for stopping by. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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  20. That looks like wonderful FNSI work. Quite productive.

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  21. Not bad??? That's awesome progress!! Oh my you really did get a lot done!! I love how it looks too!! It's going to be just beautiful!!

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