Friday, February 15, 2013

Random Happenings

For an update on the Gator's quilt, a friend of mine who is very skilled at sewing looked at it and said that she can fix it. According to her, the background fabric is the problem.  Fabric that fray a lot should be surged on the ends after the seams have been sewn together.  To fix the quilt, a hook thingy that sews from the inside (I think) will fix the ripped seems. Next Tuesday, I am scheduled to go over to her place to have it fixed. I will take photo's and have all of the correct terms for posting. This news made me feel a million times better about the issue.


I am participating in the Virtual Quilting Bee hosted by Amy over at Diary of A Quilter. There are a lot of great sew-along's and bee's to join.  I've been a little overwhelmed with trying to decide if I would join in on the fun. This one will be the best fit for me I think.  We will be using Happy-Go-Luck fabric from Moda. Can't wait for the details on when and where to purchase it. 

Lastly, the sewing machine has to go to the shop today. We are having serious tension issues. Hopefully, Its an easy quick fix and I can have it back by the close of business. I plan to lock myself in the room and sew all night.  

Well thats all for now. The boys and I are off to the skate park.
And know, I will not be skating.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tradgety Strikes

      You know that feeling you have when you come up with something great?  Something that you just know that the person to receive it, will absolutely love? From the initial idea, the picking of the fabric, the cutting and re-piecing, to the last of the binding. When its done, you are amazed at how much more beautiful the finished work is than the picture in your head. Well, that is not my story today.

      At around 12:45 am I closed the binding on the Gator's quilt and put it in the wash. After showering and getting into bed, I remembered that the machine was not set on gental cycle. Because it wasn't the first time that I had made this mistake and everything was fine, I turned over and went to sleep.  This morning, I rose with the excitement of pulling it out of the washer and my heart sanked into my chest.



The quilt had ripped at the seems in not one, not two or three, but several places.  I was shocked at the emotions that were stirring in response to this quilt. Someone please tell me that I am not the only one that this has happened to.:(

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


I didn't think it would happen today, but I've found some time to still away and share whats happening around the Mitchell house in the sewing department. I managed to finish quilting slanted lines in one direction on the vintage patchwork quilt. Not sure if I should quilt in the other direction or leave it as it  Nevertheless, the progress that has been made has me on target for goal for February.  


 The pictures below are of a project that is not on my list of To Do's for February, but I decided to go for it. My sister has asked me to make her a quilt for the longest time. She has always liked the Night Shade line by Tula Pink, so that's what we are going with.  Her pattern choice is granny squares with the request of a darker background than usual. So to use what I have, we are going with the leftovers of the Chambray black denim from the Gator's quilt.

Here are more picks of what I did today.

It looks as though I may be finish with the Gator's quilt by Sunday.
I will keep you posted on the happenings of The Quilting Diaries.

Friday, February 1, 2013

I Won

The pretty lady of Pretty Lady Baby honored The Quilting Diaries with the Versatile Blogger Award. I am  thankful for the honor. For some, these awards may seem pointless.   However, for us who are dedicated to making our little spot in blog land inviting and useful it is a great thing. First, because someone stopped by and decided that my blog is follow worthy. Secondly, they decided to share my blog with all of there followers in such a grand way.

With this Award comes rules to share the love with other bloggers:

  1. Put the award on your post.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their link.
  3. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the award.
  4. Share 7 things about yourself.
Okay, so let’s get started!  Here are my nominations:

7 Things About Me:
1. I homeschool my 2boys
2. I'm a Marine wife. (inactive)
3. I hate picking favorites because I love so many things.
4. I change my own tires. 
5. I laugh at myself a lot.
6. I am in need of Gods grace and mercy daily
7. I love to treat others on my birthday.

So head over to Pretty Lady Baby and check her out along with the my nominees.
There are a tons of other things I planned to post about today. But my time is up for now.
Have a Super Friday!!!