Friday, March 20, 2009


I get to do a little happy dance because I finally finished the Bonnet Girl quilt top last night! I haven't gotten a picture taken yet...the thing is so big that I have to push the furniture back (and vacuum) my living room floor to get the whole thing laid out. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow morning and then add a picture here.

Tonight I need to find where I put the ruler/template I bought to make the scallops and also try and get the backing sewn together. More math...:^(

My youngest son (and only one left at home) is 14 and just got his driving learning permit two days ago. Of course, he's very anxious to get those 50 hours of practice driving in, so I let him drive me to town (13 miles) to run some errands. It was my first experience driving with him and I have to say he did pretty well (and luckily our very small town wasn't very busy!).

I'd better go round something up for supper (it's always been supper, not dinner for us out here in the boonies). Have a great evening.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Procrastination reigns....

at my house. I haven't gotten much accomplished the past week as far as sewing goes. My 5 y/o grandson spent last weekend with us and it took me a couple of days to recover from that...I sure envy him all that energy!

Today I'm finally back to the Bonnet girl quilt and more borders. I should get the 4th one sewn on shortly and then all I will have left is to cut and sew the final 7" border. If I really try, I can get it finished tonight (and if I can stay off the computer and sew).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hello everyone! (or might that be anyone?) I am now an official blogger...sometimes it takes me awhile to jump on that bandwagon. I'm not sure anyone will find anything I have to say of interest, but I'm giving it a try anyhow.

Life here on the prairie is usually lived in the slow lane, to steal a few words from Bertie, one of my cyber-sisters. There is nothing very exciting happening here right now, so I will talk about my current project.

I am working on my first "real" job, as in I'm actually getting paid to sew! I am putting together a queen sized quilt top for my aunt. The blocks are vintage Bonnet Girls and were hand embroidered and appliqued by my deceased grandmother decades ago. Her workmanship is exquisite and I wish this quilt was being passed down to me. But I am happy to be making this for my cousin and hopefully I can end up keeping at least one of the extra blocks.

This is also the most complex and largest quilt I've ever made and it's quite a challenge to find a large area in my very small house to lay the top out for measuring. The blocks started at about 8.5" and borders were added to enlarge the blocks to 10.5". I also added sashings and am now adding the third of five borders. I am very math challenged, so all these borders and figuring how to cut them is really giving my brain a workout!
Well, that's about all I have to say for now. Hopefully I will get Auntie's quilt top finished in a couple of days and be able to show you a picture.
If you've stumbled upon this, please leave a comment and let me know I'm not talking to myself!