Monday, February 07, 2011

one last week . . .

Today is design wall Monday over at Judy Laquidara's Patchwork Times!

I'd committed to not having anything new on my design wall until the owl quilt was completely finished. Next week, there will be something new here! Last night though, during a rousing super bowl game, I finished up the hand quilting on the owl quilt!!! And since I was so close . . .

And the binding was right there and ready . . .

I thought, "Let's go for it!" I should have quit while I was ahead. Ugh.

When you were younger, did anyone ever get you to repeat the solemn, secret, magical phrase, "Oh-waah Tah-gue Siam"? For me, it was my Pop pop who taught me this little doozy. It ran through my head over and over after I got about halfway through sewing the binding on.

I was really pleased with how quickly it was going and how nice my corners were looking. In fact, I was so please, that just before I got to my third corner, I had the desire to stop what I was doing (stitching), and admire my handiwork. So I grabbed the second corner I'd finished, went to flip the fabric over that corner, and . . .

Fail.

I'd folded it down backwards, so I stitched the binding down into itself! UGH!! Luckily it was a relatively easy fix, and just a few minute spent with the trusty ol' seam ripper.


Finally, the binding is all stitched on (the right way) and ready to be pressed and hand stitched. But I decided I needed to put it down for the night. I never really do my best work after 9 pm anyway!

This owl perfectly reflected how I felt. Grrrr.

Oh what a goose I am!

:)

15 left a comment . . .:

Quilter Kathy said...

What a fun project and so close to being finished!

Jo said...

Your owls are so cute....I am trying to stick with my quilting project too. I don't want to leave any UFO's this year.

Kigwit said...

I just love those owls. What a lucky grandbaby!

Pat said...

I, too, have learned that there are certain times I have no business trying to do sewing or crafting. When I'm tired, I make so many mistakes......better to wait and do things when I am "fresh". I love your owl quilt.......so very cute and I know your grandson will be mesmerized by it.

Chris said...

My seam ripper and I are great friends. LOL. Too cute quilt. I love the green you chose for the binding.

Julie Kaye from KS said...

What a funny "not funny" binding story. Great quilt.

Vicki said...

I do a ton of my sewing after nine myself. I know that I must be tired when I make mistakes that I don't usually do. Nice quilt and I love the fabrics.

Ellen said...

Too cute!!!

Cathy said...

You're almost there. The finish is in sight, and maybe even before this one is born!! LOL

Gari said...

I love your owl quilt. I collect hollow glass owls (and other owls, too) and really need to make myself an owl quilt. You did a great job.

Jamie in Louisiana said...

A real "Darling"!

whimzeestitches said...

Super cute quilt... I did the same thing with my binding just a couple weeks ago! LOL

AnnieO said...

Good for you for persevering through to a "near" finish! Love the Grr owl :)

christhequilter said...

don't you HATE that when you are in the groove, you do something silly like that corner?

at least you figured it out before you sewed it down!! :)

Alycia said...

That is such a great quilt. Apparently you forgot to get your daily allowance of chocolate before you started the binding LOL