Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Challenge Day 1

Okay...I'll make this quick and I'll try to stay in order on how the day went.  Today was the first day for my Challenge and can I just say, HOLY COW!!  I think I averaged about 15 minute quilting sessions on this quilt today.  I feel like I was being pulled in a 100 different directions today.


I woke up with about 2/3rds left to do on Annette's quilt.  I LOVE this ruler from Gadget Girls!  Used it for stitching in the ditch and for the straight lines on the border.


LOVE these acrylic circles.  I only have a few sizes, but enough to give me options for quilting.  This picture shows you how I made the vines for the feathers in the big green border.


One of  many interruptions (good interruption), was taking some time to wrap some rulers and head to the post office by 5:30.  Barely fit that in!!  Feeww!!


Finally, prepared the binding and starting putting it on the quilt this evening.

...and then my favorite part, cutting the quilt off the machine and laying it out on the floor to admire ;o)...!!  I'll take more pictures after I sew the binding down.

I rarely paint my toe nails and in fact, while I was pinning on the backing for the next quilt I was shocked to see them painted when I looked down!  Really?  Kathy, you inspired me!! 


When I'm in a quilting funk...I always...always load the next quilt on the machine before I go to bed.  That way I can wake up early and start on it!  This is one of two that need to be done by 3pm tomorrow afternoon, including binding!!

Oh Ya!!  

...and I loved reading all your encouraging comments yesterday!!  You have no idea how much that motivated me to try my best today and to keep plugging away!!  A big thank you to you all!!  I won't be replying to many of the comments in this next month...I need to stay focused and not get lost in computer land.  But I still LOVE your comments!!

You understand, right?
 
Day 1 was a good one and I feel I've accomplished what I wanted to today.

~Jenny~

20 comments:

Dina said...

yahoo! A good finish on a first quilt of your challenge, and it is gorgeous. I'm looking forward to the graduation quilt you showed being loaded up next. I LOVE seeing the finished quilts and LOVE how much the quilting adds to them.

Trudi said...

That's a fantastic first day! Thre is something so satisfying about achieving your goals, and being ready for the next day! Keep going, clearly you are setting achievable goals, and taking time (even just 5 mins to paint your nails) for you! I'll keep popping in to follow your progress and learn a few things along the way :)

Ethne said...

You should add a counter to your blog posts so well can all cheer along when another quilt is finished - I hope you got up early this morning and have made a dent in that fun panel quilt - can't wait to see how you quilt it up .......
Target of 2 today - go get 'em girl ;o)

Esther said...

Beautiful! Those hexi quilts are just beautiful. Good luck today, keep at it.

Petit Design Co. said...

wow! are you actually putting on the binding while it's on the frame?

What kind of machine do you have?

Judi said...

You are amazing! I love it!

Wanda said...

I can't wait to see this month of quilts. You are so talented. I'm sure it's because you had such passion when you started to longarm. The simple hexi quilt looks stunning after you quilted it. Love your challenge to yourself.

Kathy said...

LOL...we are so easily amused aren't we!
I like loading the quilt the night before too, somehow it make me feel more motivated the next morning if it is ready to go.
The Hexi quilt turned out beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing the next one.

Megan said...

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing! You got this!

Melissa said...

Sounds like you had a good day! Glad you are getting things done :) Good luck today!

capitolaquilter said...

Amazing quilting and right on track. Good for you! One down....

JoyceT said...

This version of the quilt looks fantastic, too. I know how to do "Curling Amish Feathers" using 3/4 circles for the stems, but I have never seen anyone use full circles. Is there a book or website where I can find some instructions on this? Just to add to your list of things to do, maybe you could post a tutorial!

Shanna said...

I love the quilt!! I cannot wait to read about and see all the quilts you work on this month!

Sharon S said...

Go Jenny! It was good to talk to you yesterday. See you soon!

Karin said...

LOVE the quilt and the quilting! FAB! I wasn't sure where you were going with the circle template, but the feathers are SO awesome! 2 more quilts due by tomorrow!?! Can't wait to see them!!!

Auntie Pami said...

That is a good ruler! If you ship priority mail, the PO will pick them up!

Heather said...

I can't wait to see how you quilt the one in the last picture! I'm working on a t-shirt quilt and could use a little inspiration on the actual quilting part! Keep going, you can do it!

Tamie said...

Great first day. Thanks for keeping us in the loop of how things are going but remember- don't be discouraged when you have a day that doesn't live up to what you hope. It happens to all of us. Keep the big picture in mind.

April said...

Your machine quilting is just beautiful! Also, would you do a tutorial on how to attach the binding with your longarm? I'm crazy curious...

Kim said...

Beautiful quilt! I would love to know more about that straight line ruler....