Monday, November 5, 2018

Overwhelmed Stash and stitch 11-4-18

This week is a blur! Ha Ha.
First 2 days was dedicated to our guild newsletter. Some ladies sent their articles very late. Not amused! LOL!

I went to the gym 5 times this week, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Total was little over 7 hours. In between Monday and Saturday I sewed, attended Halloween parade at elementary school, took the boys to Tiny Tots at the recreation center for an hour, to wear them out. I also babysat so my daughter could go to the gym twice in the afternoon instead of at night. Also spend one day with AAA having a car towed to be fixed. Then towed back because the dealer could not fix it. UGH! Wasted of several hours and much stress.

Friday was my big sew day. I started working on my sister in laws quilt that was started 35 years ago with her mom. Her mother passed away 25 years ago. She just couldn't finish it and asked if I would. I told her yes but with the stipulation that I do not hand quilt, only by machine. She accepted. I stalled as long as I dared. She wants to give it to her daughter for Christmas.  I just felt so badly that I was going to machine quilt it. After consulting with several of you, I feel okay to proceed. Done is better than not done and in a box for another 35 years. This quilt is 120" x 120" with 35 year old poly batting. It survived a house fire. Didn't even smell like smoke when they found it on the basements steps, right where it had sat, untouched for over a decade.

I have been working on the borders. SIL started sewing them in an angle. So I continued it. I have to break thread on every row. After 4 hours, I only have two sides done. I hope the middle goes faster. Everything is stitched in triangles and squares, so more thread breaks. I am hoping if I sew on it 1-2 hours a day it will get done soon. I still have all my Christmas gifts to make. Sigh...

Stash Report   Week 44 2018
Fabric used this week: 2 yard   
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards   
Fabric Added Year to Date: 97 yards 
Net used for 2018: 73 yards
GOAL for Year - 62 yards !!  

15 Minute Challenge:  
Week 44        7 of 7 days
2018 Total         233 of 307 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL


  1. Sounds like a very rough start to November. Good luck with the quilting.

  2. Women started to machine quilt as soon as sewing machines came out. I posted photos of a pre-1885 quilt on my blog last month, that shows machine applique on the stems of flowers and machine stitching the binding on the quilt. It's ok to machine quilt, since it will be done.

  3. That quilt has some amazing history, and important memories for your SIL. With you finishing it, it will make it that more special for your family.