Monday, April 7, 2014

Wherein We Encounter the 60s and Do The Math

Monday, Monday, so good to me;
Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be.

Now there’s some enthusiastic people! Now if they’d written Friday, Friday, I would be more on board with it!
So, do you remember the Mamas and the Papas? And if you do, you’re from my generation! For the rest of you, the Mamas and the Papas were a singing group from the 60s.

I always wish I had more time in the week to quilt…which I think is a common theme on my blog and the same probably for many of you. I really don’t know how bloggers with children manage to quilt, much less write a blog. I didn’t start quilting until after my kiddos had left the nest! It seems impossible to quilt and blog and have kids! But forget my moaning and groaning. Really, isn’t some quilting better than none?

I did manage to work more on my Log Cabin quilt. It’s all looking good and I think I see the finish line ahead! I need to call the quilting lady and reserve time to get this behemoth done.

It’s gotten to the point that it’s difficult to sew on it because of its bulk. I think my king size quilt is actually working against me trying to maneuver it through my machine! I can just see it grabbing onto the edge of the table and saying, “No! No! Not through that tiny opening again!”

For those who haven’t been on this loooong journey with me, here is a post about the beauteous beast.

I sewed some more on the spool quilt. I also encountered a little hiccup.

The start line:


Advancing through my sewing machine:

Starting the next step, adding white strips:

The progress as of late:


Doing the math:
56 1-sided spool blocks
+5  0-sided blocks
= 66 white strips needed
-22 white strips available
=44 white strips, that I don’t have, that are needed

And now Murphy’s Law raises his head. I have no more white fabric. I started this quilt a long time ago. Ergo, no matching fabric.

Enter the hero: My Aunt Marie, scrap quilter extraordinaire! In her scrap quilt she would often substitute  similar colored pieces when she ran out of the first color.

And there you have it (Thank you Aunt Marie). I must go down to the quilt store. Back to the quilt store and find a WOW fabric where the backside looks similar to the one it has.

You know what? I actually think it’s kinda cool…pulling a “Aunt Marie”!


  1. Every family needs an "Aunt Marie." In our house Aunt Marie was the potato casserole queen.

  2. I just realized I'm Aunt Marie - even though my name is Terri. I'm the only quilter in the very extended family - even past in-laws! His cousin did, and her daughter does, but that's quite far out in the family jungle.
    I would start with an assortment of whites, just in case, and that way if the last blocks had to be new fabric, it wouldn't be noticed... and I wouldn't have to do any math!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's the method of my madness.
    Love your blog!

    1. I'm with you on the math! I only able to do this because it was adding and subtracting. An assortment sounds like a good idea...two minds are better than one. That's you and Aunt Marie!

  3. Lovely quilt with great colors. Glad you got it finished and shared it with us.

    1. It's so fantastic to finish a quilt, right? Thank you for the compliments!

  4. Hi there,
    Your quilt looks interesting indeed. Don't give up-you will get it completed.


  5. I remember the Mamas and I can't get the song out of my head :) It never seems like there is enough time for all I want to do and I'm retired! Thanks for sharing.
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  6. I love these blocks! So colorful and fun!

  7. Oh I love all those fabrics!

  8. Love your fabric! So bright and cheerful!


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