Monday, May 30, 2011

Not As Easy As It Seams

Hah Hah I love a good pun, don't you.  Well I spent most of the day today working on a project for a friend.  One of my coworkers found this tutorial on Sew Mama Sew and thought it would be the perfect thing for her daughter who is required to have a swimming robe at daycare.  Knowing that I quilt she asked me if I would make one up for her since she doesn't sew.  And I said yes after reading through the tutorial and assuming it would be a pretty quick and painless project.  I mean really it looked all innocent and sweet there on the page.  I spent all day on it and I'm still not done.  Bertha did not exactly appreciate me asking her to sew through a towel.  Apparently I forgot to ask her first if it was okay. 

My applique piece didn't fit and after all that work cutting it out and even using some of my precious Neptune I couldn't take no for an answer so I asked the hubs what he thought and he suggested just wrapping it around the side.  Okay so the instructions call for it to be added prior to sewing the pieces together which is why I didn't think of that.  So after I had it all sewed together I added the octopus.  I still need to add the eyes but I didn't have any black so I will have to pick that up tomorrow along with some buttons.  Overall it's a darling pattern but I don't think I would make another one.  The towel unravels very easily and it is difficult to sew through.  I have coral colored fuzz all over my sewing room.

Other than after finishing up my bag for the Goodie Bag Swap yesterday morning I decided to make a little extra goodie to go inside.  Sorry I can't show it to you yet because it is something my partner specifically asked for and I'm afraid it might give it away.  But again lets just say I was underestimated the amount of time it would take me to make and sew together the 30 hexagons needed for the project.

Speaking of hexagons did you think I had given up on that project?  Well I haven't here are just over 1000 that I have basted and I still have a ton of squares that are cut and ready to be basted.  The trouble I'm having is I can't decided on a layout.  Do I want to go all mixed up?  Keep each collection together?  But then what do I do with the random pieces I made from scraps or received in a swap?  Suggestions welcome.  Until I decided I guess I will just keep on basting hexagons.  I want it to be a lap size quilt so I still have to make a few more.

Up next my mom picked up some Central Park for the back of my quilt so I just need to piece in the strip to the back and then it will be ready to go to the quilter.  It's almost a queen size quilt and I know what I have in mind for the quilting so I won't be tackling that one on the home machine.  Time to save some pennies for quilting.  And then I am going to work on this fun project.  The original plan was to make this in lap size for the new nephew but now with the orange fabric in hand I'm not so sure I will be able to give it away.  After all he is a baby, what's he going to do with a lap sized quilt.

1 comment:

  1. The robe is adorable! This would be so cute on my friend's daughter, but I'm not a fan of sewing clothing. I love your octopus!!


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