Sunday, September 15, 2013

How to not finish a college quilt

You see those makes up there?   That's me not working on the quilt for my son who is due to leave for college on Friday.  I still have to baste and quilt it, and if I don't get cracking, will probably be sewing the binding on in the car trip to Santa Barbara.
The table runner came about after I started sewing some coasters (last post), and decided to put to use some Kaffe Fasset shot cottons, and a Philip Jacobs floral that's been hiding in my stash. I had about a 12 inch square left over, so squeezed out a few more blocks to make the table mat in the middle picture.  The cute little squirrel vase was picked up while thrifting about town on Friday.  He looks a bit cheeky, the way they painted his eyes, like he just did something he shouldn't have.  I like that in a squirrel.
The crocheted table mat can be found over here.  It was fun and fast to make up, and included the moss stitch, which I have to say is so pretty and easy, that I want to make something else with it. You can make matching coasters by doing fewer rounds.
There has also been a lot of reading going on here (instead of quilting.  Sheesh I really am putting this quilt off aren't I?)

This is quite an eclectic pile, based on recommendations I've found on other blogs and gathered up from the used book store.  Everything from classic literary fiction (the Betrothed), to a steam punk romp in Victorian England sporting vampires and werewolves (just finished Soulless, the first in a series, and it was quite fun).  If you look closely at the left side behind the books, you will see the batting and college quilt flung over the couch ready for action.  I may just spray baste this one.  I've been working out extra hard at the gym these last two weeks, and the idea of getting down on the floor to pin a quilt has me sore just thinking about it.

Time to go quilt.  Have a great week.


  1. All your photos are so beautiful with your wonderful projects. You are brave sending your boy off with a hand made quilt. I knit my son a scarf and hat last year and he promptly lost them.
    Good luck,

  2. Love your crocheted table mat. It's so fresh with that crisp white color. Love your runner too. You've been busy NOT making that quilt. Sometimes you just have to do your own thing!

  3. If you don't finish the quilt on time, it would be an excuse to go visit when you deliver it : )

  4. Ha!! Give it the old college try and just spray baste that thing!! That's how I roll and it works perfectly :) Love all your makes, and the books look interesting. Anything that is a romp makes it worth reading :) xoxo

  5. Spray basting! Yes, definitely do that. He leaves Friday? You've got time. I love your distractions, too. :)

  6. I am going to have to look up spray basting, I do not know what that is..I'm intrigued.

    How exciting that you have a son off to college. The best to you both! Our last/youngest one will head to grad school next year and then they are all done with school...I hope!


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