A View of My Quilt Life

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blueberries, Barns and Basting

Wow - It was a full weekend!  It was so jammed packed that I didn't get a Monday blog post written - sorry about that!

It started Saturday morning with one of my infamous wild hair ideas...to make scones!

What made it a little crazy is that I didn't have all the ingredients in the house - like cream or blueberries - so that meant a quick trip to the store.  It was already 7:00 and I needed to be out of the house on my way to the barn no later than 9:00.

What's a girl to do? Throw on some clothes, run to store & go into overdrive to make 3 batches of scones, that's what! I made it!  Mostly, I'm sure, because I had excellent kitchen help. 

I love Hobbes to bits but in our small kitchen, having to move around with hot baking pans and not fall over him is quite a workout!

It was a gorgeous day to be out in the sunshine riding!  This week's ride saw me mounted on a beautiful, slightly head strong, energetic Appaloosa named Cetan ("Shay-ton"). He was either tired or having a good day, because he was responsive and very cooperative. 

So that's the blueberries and the barn accounted for - what about the basting?

Actually, the Daring Downton Debacle challenge quilt has already layered and ready to have the machine quilting commence.  

Sunday was quilting day and I was able to remove some of the basting pins as I went along.  A lot of time was spent figuring out how I wanted to quilt this.  I'm not one for an all over pattern - it's pretty on some quilts though not my style. 

No, I would much rather plan on having to manhandle a good size quilt through a 6" sewing machine throat, stitching an inch and a half, stop, turn and sew another inch and a half and repeat, over and over and over and over again in all those danged triangle pieces.

On the end rows there were stretches of six inches of continuous straight line stitching - twenty of them in each of the two rows to be exact.  The rest weren't that long. It is cool though that I can take a break from working on the blocks and quilt the outside border.  Gives my hands a bit of a rest & progress is much faster.  As I quilt, I'm tossing around ideas for its real name.

And that's not the only project I worked on, but that's tomorrow's post.


  1. Running to the store in the morning, pre make up and hair fixed is when I see everyone I know at the store...lol Love the quilt and all your hard work will be worth every struggle in the end.

  2. Wow, what a full weekend! But now I'm wondering what a scone is in your part of the world, because they definitely don't have cream or blueberries in them here.