Saturday, October 14, 2006

I Started My Birthday Quilt

I took my time with each birthday FQ. I carefully unfolded it, thought about the person who sent it to me and then gently ironed it. Then I took the FQ to the cutting table and cut the fabric into the pieces I needed. I have a stack of 6.5 inch squares, a stack of 11.5 inch squares and an even bigger stack of 2 inch strips.

Unfortunately I had encountered a problem with a bad credit card number and I haven't received my background fabric yet. I didn't want to wait for the fabric to get here to start sewing so I made a momentous decision - I started making the borders first. I planned on piano borders and am pleased with how they have turned out so far. Each FQ is represented at least once in the two borders I have done. What a liberating experience this quilt is already! Knowing I don't have to make the borders after the center is done has made me feel so excited about this quilt!

I've had problems with my quarter inch seams lately so I decided to go put moleskin on my sewing machine as a guide. It worked very well! I don't why I ever stopped using it. You can bet I'll keep it there forever now.

Last night we got to babysit our youngest nephew and niece while mom and dad went to a meeting about my niece's baptism tomorrow. Today we watched another nephew play soccer and spent some time with three other nieces and nephews. Tomorrow, since there is a baptism, we'll be seeing the whole family! Whew! That's a lot of family time for us.

I think I am coming down with a cold. I've had a sinus headache and a sore throat all day. Bruce is helping a friend move into a new place tonight so I think I'm going to take a hot bath and climb into bed. I can't get sick tonight! I get to see children tomorrow. Now, if I get sick for Monday, that would be OK!


Dawn said...

I love piano key borders! That one is going to be beautiful!

Anonymous said...

What a special quilt that will be filled with all that love from friends.

Oh dear - I hope you're not getting sick! I've had a sinus cold and awful headache for 2 weeks. No fun at all! Please take care of yourself and I sincerely hope that your cold is not as energy sapping as mine has been.

bettsy said...

I am having quarter inch seam troubles too. I could make a decision to just make wonky quilts for a while but maybe I need to mark as you have. Glad to hear that I am not the only one. Your border look good too - will be great to see what the centre will be.

EileenKNY said...

Happy belated birthday, and what a great gift from your friends. Hope you woke up this morning feeling better so you can enjoy all the festivities!!
Have fun with your birthday quilt.

dot said...

Hope you are still well. The piano keys borders look good. I will await the iside picture. Hope your order comes soon.

Rae said...

I have never tried doing the boarder before the quilt. I looks like you are of to a great start. The piano keys are beutiful.

As to your snow intry... I like visiting snow, but I don't thing I would like living in it. It is a good thing I live where I do.


Libby said...

How fun to make the borders first -- kind of like starting your meal with dessert *s*

Mary said...

I love piano key borders and these look great. It will be wonderful to have the borders done when you're ready to add them.

Cynthia said...

the piano key borders look great. It will be a special quilt.

Hope you are feeling well and don't get too sick.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Wow, you have been busy! I like the idea of making the border first - you will be sooo excited to FINISH the top! I hope you don't get sick - yuck.



Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Hi, do you guys not have a quarter inch seam foot for your machine or is there a problem with the foot? I could not sew anything without my patchwork foot on.