Now that the guild party is over and done with, I can move on to other quilting projects I've got in the works. Wednesday, I tackled finishing the embroidered "Snow Happens." And what a mess it turned into! I had no trouble with the first, navy blue, border or with the second off-white border. It's the pieced diamonds in the 3rd border that had me tearing my hair out! I began by making the short end borders, and I'm glad I did since the errors happened very quickly after I'd done the cutting. I decided that I'll begin again on the short ends and see if I can get it to come out the right length.
The problem is that the ends are too short for the embroidered piece, and I don't know how that happened. Maybe I need to just sit down and read all the directions through at one time instead of step by step as I did yesterday. I realized that some directions were hidden in a lot of text when I'm used to having them up front with the cutting instructions. It also occurred to me that I don't have to stick with the directions for making a diamond pieced border. I can make any kind of border I choose! And I have sufficient fabric to do just that if I please!
I wrote the above yesterday morning but never finished the post so today, I can update you on my progress with Snow Happens. I had every intention of starting over again on those pieced borders, but when I sat and looked at what I'd already done, I decided to just see if those short borders could be stretched just a bit to fit. And they did! Ta Dah! So I proceeded to make the long borders and when they were assembled, they fit as well! #2 Ta Dah! This is how I left the project when it was time to come up for dinner. all pinned and ready to be quilted. Actually, after I took this picture, I did sit down and do all the stitching in the ditch, so I'm ready to go on the FMQ when I hit the sewing room later today.
We're going to Eau Claire to meet up with some friends for lunch and I think I'll go ahead and get the 18"doll while I'm near the Target store so I don't have to make a separate trip when I locate the toy collection site. Then, it's only a matter of a few hours making up a couple of outfits and the present will be ready to go.
And, this week it appears as though we're going to be experiencing a bit of the Polar Vortex. The last time we had such bitter cold here in my part of WI was about 3 years ago and I was in Hawaii, which was very, very nice. Now, the weather people are talking about how terribly cold it's going to be for the next week or so--high temps in the teens and 20's. WTH! That's not so cold! That sounds just about normal for winter in WI! I think we've been spoiled with such a moderate and warm autumn that now we're whining about a bit of cold.
So, I'm going to bundle up--layering is what we call it these days--and spend a few hours with good friends and later on will begin the quilting on the Snow Happens. Stay warm, my friends.