Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day 2 - Virtual Quilt Retreat

End of Day Two

My afternoon wasn't as productive as I had hoped....

I've decided I need to make one block at a time, to make sure I don't have any like fabrics side by side. I'm funny that way.

But I've got my options spread out and ready to go for tomorrow.

Mid-Afternoon Update

All trimmed.....

now to make some blocks.....finally!

Midday Update

Well the fun just continues at my house, hope the same can be said for you!

It took me a little longer than I expected to sew on the setting triangles. Yesterday's setting triangles zipped right through the machine, no pinning required. For some reason, these smaller 4 patches required a little more tender loving care. If I didn't pin down those corners, they were stretching every way but the right way.

But they're all pieced

and pressed...woo hoo!!

Now for the trimming....

The pattern directions say to line up the points of the four patches and the 2 3/8" line on your ruler and to make sure there's at least 1/4 of an inch of the background fabric above the point before cutting.

I marked my ruler so I wouldn't make any mistakes. Somewhere along the way I must have cut something wrong, I've gone through all my background fabric and have only three extra 4 patch units!!!

While I was sewing this morning, the movie, The Blindside was on HBO, I had seen that movie once before, but had forgotten, what a wonderful story, what wonderful people.

Beginning of Day Report

I had the nicest day yesterday, snacking, sewing, blogging....what could be better?
How about ANOTHER day of snacking, sewing and blogging!!

Today is Day Two of Susan's Virtual Quilt Retreat.

Yesterday, Cooper had daycare, which was great for two reasons; I had a pretty interruption free day, with Cooper otherwise occupied, plus since I was out and about, I nabbed some Starbucks.

Today I'm brewing my own coffee,
but I've got

fresh socks to go with my same sewing shoes.

What's scarier, the ghost socks, or the fact that I have TWO pairs of pink Halloween socks?

Today's treat is hard to beat...

If you're a chocolate lover, and have not tried this chocolate bar, you're missing out! The chocolate is amazing but it's that little touch of sea salt that really drives my taste buds wild!

It gets even better, this 100 gram bar of silky smooth chocolatey goodness..this WHOLE bar is LESS than HALF the calories of yesterday's Starbucks pumpkin scone. Plus, I bet this bar lasts me all day!
That scone was yummy, but gone by 11.

Today's focus continues to be my Route 44 project that I started while attending class with Carrie herself in Rockford.

I feel great about finishing all my Block "B" blocks yesterday, so today, is Block "A" Day!

I need 100 of these

to make 25 of these.
I sewed these while at class.

Ready, set, GO....


  1. I cannot express how much I LOVE the socks! Now I'm gonna run out and grab that chocolate bar too.

  2. Just love these blocks...can't wait to make this quilt!!!

  3. I KNEW IT! I knew you'd have more fun socks this morning! These are too fun. Have a great day, Thelma.

  4. LOL Love your sock collection Thelma! :-) Your blocks are looking marvelous! Have a fun day!

  5. Have fun today! I must try that chocolate bar!

  6. I so enjoy reading your blog daily! Your humor, fun, show and tell, and inspiration is just wonderful! I can't wait to see the final project!

  7. Thelma, I adore your socks!!! I haven't sewn today .. I will this evening. My daughter Jennifer came home today so I cooked lunch and she wanted to shop a little. I was very sad yesterday so she came home for a few hours to perk me up! Sweet girl!
    I love the Saltbox Harvest. The quilt shop I go to has the line and you have inspired me to buy some. I will update later on my progress. I sewed late last night ... I am a nightowl :) Thanks for you kind comment on my kitchen.

  8. Love the socks and the blocks! I'm with you - I like my scrappy quilts organized enough so that matching fabrics don't end up next to each other. Have fun filling each empty place on your board with your charming little 4 patches!

    I'm Barbara Anne on-line.


  9. Your piecing is wonderful. Everything looks so straight and accurate.

  10. You are hilarious with those socks! How fun!

  11. You are so funny! I must say that your 2 pairs of pink Halloween socks does put you in the "Unique" category :) Love that photo of the white trimmings!
    Can't wait to see what you wear and produce tomorrow!

  12. Great job on all those blocks! Have a great day tomorrow!

  13. holy cow! love those socks - and nothing beats that coffee mug! NICE!!
    ~Monika in Cananda

  14. Love your socks! I like to sew in my bare feet--Probably not a good idea when using my rotary cutter... This quilt is lovely--the fabric you are using is perfect and the quilt is coming together nicely. I like the idea of the quilting retreat at home...

  15. I adore those socks.

    Love and hugs Gina xxx


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