that is how I spent my Friday, and I have to say that it's one of my favorite ways to spend the day.
I sometimes feel stifled by my lack of working area, I have to make do with what I have which means using the floor to pin things or cut fabric, and the kitchen table to sew it all.
Oh I so dream of having my own studio one day, I don't even need a big space but I already envision what it would look like, with robin egg blue colored walls, and white shelves filled with all colors of yarn and bolts of fabric, and a big window with lace curtains, beautiful pink tulips on the window sill.
*sigh* it's good to dream.
But for now, I'm good, I can make it work.
I worked on my quilt all day long and it's been so.much.fun.
It hasn't all been joyous moments though, my word, there have been overwhelming, intimidating, make me want to cry and rip it all apart moments.....and if it wasn't for my husband cheering me on and even offering advice here and there, I don't know if I would have kept at it.
I've always believed that one day I would make a quilt, and here I am, making that dream come true.
There are so many things wrong with it, some seams that didn't quite match up which in turn made the sewing a little off at times....but oh it's my labor of love.
So, so very perfectly imperfect, and in it's imperfections I see almost a mirror of myself. This patchwork of colorful happy moments that sometimes don't quite go the way they should, but they still work and they still make you smile.
Went by JoAnn's this morning and sat in there quite a while trying to figure out which fabric I would use for the back. Would I go with a solid color or a pattern? It took me what seems like forever to settle on the red fabric above, but once I saw it I knew that was it.
Best part of the trip to JoAnn's, chatting with the ladies cutting the fabric about Downton Abbey and other British shows hahahah
Of course I had to give them some websites to watch on, but everyone is excited for Sunday when Season 3 starts on PBS.
For those of you who haven't watched yet, I will only tell you that you'll love it and hate it at the same time, but it's brilliant, and you bet your sweet behind I'll be re-watching :)
Back to the quilt, what took me the longest time was pinning it all together. Goodness, how do you quilters do it? I had to do it on the ground and my knees and lower back were killing me.....well....I'm sure the answer is that you don't use the floor hahah
Once that was done I got to sewing it all and the very first row I tried to sew, puckered and shifted and I wanted to cry. I had to give myself a time out to breathe, but then I got right back in there and down to business.
It's now all done, binding is pinned and I've had to set it aside because my back really does hurt.
I will finish it in the morning and then get some pictures to show you all. Be kind though, this is my very first quilt and I'm sure you expert quilters will no doubtedly notice my messes and laugh, but it's such a huge achievement for me, can't even begin to tell you :)
Oh before I leave, let me show you what I quickly made last night while hubby was in class.
I have another one to make, will use a different color though :)
And I also wanted to show you what my boy made this afternoon, with a little help from dad, and then they sat in the driveway playing with it.
Got some ghostie shows waiting to watch on TV, so I'm off to do that.
Have a restful, blessed night,