Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Monumental Quilting Weekend

Given that I spent pretty much all weekend in my pyjamas, (a passive aggressive response to having way too much structure in my life this week due to a return to work)  I felt obligated to be productive while wearing said pyjamas and my two choices were sewing or doing housework. I chose the former.  I was primed from my Friday Night Sewing Party with Little Miss Sunshine so the sewing party just rolled into Saturday and Sunday.  Part-ayyyyyyy Weekend. It's been a long time since I've done that.

The Christmas Coin quilt top got finished. Yep. Done.


I started and finished my top for the FM Quiltalong over at A Few Scraps. Can you spot my grievous error? Thank goodness this is a practice piece.


Then I pieced a back for the Quiltalong , again not without minor incident (some unsewing was necessary)  

I made the binding for my circles quilt , and machine sewed that on. I'm hand sewing the binding to the back, and since I have never hand sewn a binding in my life you might  be waiting for a very long time to see this one finished. I'm trying a different way of binding this time in an attempt not to hate my finished binding efforts so much. Let's hope it works. I'm in love with this quilt and I think it's the best quilt  I've ever done. Just sayin'.


I felted a pink  jumper I was about to take to Goodwill  and I came up with an idea  for this crocheted shawl that I picked up from the op shop recently for the bargain price of $2.00. I also wondered when all this inspired thought I've been having lately will disappear.


On top of that I managed to have the Pyjama's clan  over for dinner tonight (and yes I do need  a bigger dining  table )


and I went  to Ikea today to get my new computer room shelves, which are now assembled and being used. Life is sweet!

23 comments:

Seams Inspired said...

Wow! You were busy! Did you go to IKEA in your PJ's? Happy Sunday Night! :o)

Larri at Seams Inspired

Mistea said...

So good to have fun playing in the sewing room this weekend, and the housework will wait. who cares how big the dust bunnies are - they are harmless.

My attempt at housework resulted in a painful injury - I retreated to the sewing room for a rest.

Gorgeous projects by the way!

Sharon said...

WOW! I am impressed...you have had a great quilting weekend! I LOVE spending the day in my pajamas. My grandkids love to come over to grammas and have a pajama day.

Brenda said...

So exciting to get so much done! I absolutely LOVE IKEA and am glad that you have one 'down under'. I am impressed that you stayed in your PJs - I always feel too guilty - maybe it's because I stayed in my PJs for about 10 years when my 5 children were little? I can't believe you're toying with starting the bathroom so soon after the kitchen!! Good luck!

Alisa said...

Holy Cow! You have had a most productive weekend. Love the quilts and no I couldn't spot the grievous error.
Nice to see the Pyjama clan. What a lovely bunch of Aussies you are!

JKP said...

How marvelously productive one can be in while in their jim-jams. I keep trying to convince people to let me where them to work, but so far I've been unsuccessful.

Michelle said...

What an awesomely productive weekend! I love your Christmas coin quilt top. It turned out beautifully. As for binding, I always sew the back down by hand for the reason you stated--it looks so much better. The secret my dear is to sit in front of the TV and go until your day. You must never say "am I there yet?". Just pretend you don't care until you're all the way around.

Cool family dinner. That's a big job, but fun to have everyone around.

Barb said...

Show us your shelves!!

You can accomplish alot in your pajamas...

AnnieO said...

Now that you are freed from the reno drudgery, you want to nest. Yup, that's all there is to it! Also, you are decorating your new house in your Christmas dreams so you'll have a quilt to prop over that painted chair in the dining room. Wonderful!

Amanda said...

Aren't those weekends the best. You were very productive. Can't say I was. Finished quilting my little applique quilt finished one block of my red/white quilt and that was it no housework done at all. Oh well.

P. said...

Did you not read the part about the free-motion quilt along fabrics supposed to be UGLY?! Yours is cute! No fair. Just wait, I'll show you how ugly is properly done. No problem-o!

PS-Nice looking family!

Lorraine said...

So did you wear your PJs to Ikea? I have a green jumper that was shrunk by the ex-Prince when he washed it...it was/is an RM Williams jumber and I loved it....it has shrunk but isn't felted....I should finish the job and felt ...but then what....?

P. said...

Sheesh, in all my huffing and puffing (and kidding) about the quilt-along quilt, I neglected to mention your beautiful, gorgeous, and stunning Christmas quilt! I love it!

Cynthia L. said...

You did get a lot done. It is easier to get a lot done when you have a friend work with you! Love the Christmas quilt. Can't wait to see what you are doing different with the binding.

I still can't believe you are getting your new kitchen dirty! I would have to just look at it a while longer.

quiltygal said...

Wow what a busy little vegemite you've been & I thought that I was busy :) When we have the Bloggers picnic we should so make it a pajama picnic !! How cool would that be?? I guess I'm kind of getting excited now I've not let myself feel it up till now for fear that it would be too much for me & I'd go into meltdown although I did have a teary day on Sunday....just want to be on that plane now 'cos then whats not been done its too late!!

Kirsten's Cooking said...

I always feel more productive in my pj's too! Can't wait to see the shelves...I love IKEA!
thanks for sharing your pics and your weekend with us!
Kirsten
ps...what do you do with all of your quilts? I know I still need to send you a pic of that quilt I saw in CA.

dobco said...

What a busy and productive weekend you had! I finished up a quilt that I have been working on for my nephew. Glad to have it done!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

I spent most of Sunday in my PJ's as well :-) Love pyjama days!

Nice quilty work and no I can't see your mistakes????

BTW did you go to IKEA in your PJ's??
and just send me an email next time you are sewing up a storm I am usually free/bored on the weekends :-)

Marg said...

Wow you were on a roll on the weekend. Love the Xmas quilt it looks fab. Thanks again for holding the Sewing Party for Two.
I must say I love being in my pj's most of the day, so comfortable and I don't have to think about what to wear.
I love Ikea!!!

Kris said...

I really hope you went to Ikea in your pjs. I went there tonight in my slippers. OK. Not quite the same thing. And since I do just live across the road (ish) it's not surprising that I turn the dinner off for a moment and pop over to Ikea in my slippers. You had an amazing weekend! Hope the week is just as amazing.

Elizabeth said...

I totally love your FM Quiltalong top and back. Your fabrics are so fun and, no, I don't see your grievous error. Ugh. I still don't have mine done . . . I'd better get on that b/c I know that Christina is going to be announcing the first step any time now.

Your Christmas Coins top is just beautiful. I love, love, love it!

And the binding on your circles quilt looks really good so far. If you mail it to me, I'll do the hand stitching part. I love that part. It is a favorite of mine.

I loved seeing the Pyjamas clan. The all look so happy to have their photograph taken in the middle of dinner.

You are awesome!

xo -E

Helsie said...

Wow you sure are getting things done !
I really love the Christmas quilt. Now what do you do with it? Does it hang on the wall somewhere as a decoration or take up residence on a bed till the Christmas season is over? I think the red spot you used was an inspired choice.
Cheers
Helen

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

Sweet! I found you by surfing in from Seams Inspired and I think I'm here to stay. :)

I must ask though (as a fellow weekend Pajama'er) did you go to Ikea in your pajamas? Did you change when the clan came over for dinner? ;)

A quilt top in a day!! Very cool!