Sunday, September 1, 2013

oh pinterest, why must you torture me so?

Work this week was insane, but in a way it's a good thing.  If I'm busy, busy, busy at work, I come home ready to keep going, so I've gotten a few things done...

Quilt-wise (without photos yet), I've finished the purple and lime baby quilt - just needs a label.  I've worked on the Mandarin Express quilt a little and am to a point where blocks should be coming together with the next work session.  I've started a new project with my mom and sister-in-law that is a lot of hand-applique, so I've got a little project pile on the table next to the couch for evenings.

Quilt-wise (with photos), I've quilted another top!  This one will be donated to a charity and was pieced by my friend Colette.  She decided it was a little too large for her domestic machine and asked if I'd quilt it.  It's a lap-size, so nothing huge, but that made it go quicker for me on the longarm!  It's a simple all-over pattern, but every quilt helps me learn a little better how to use my machine, so it's all good.

Non-quilt-wise (with photos) is the reason for the post title.  For those of you who don't know what Pinterest is, they call it "a virtual pin board" - basically you can save photos of things that inspire you on their website, on a page that is your own.  If you do it right, the link to whatever you "pinned" will be available through the photo as a link.  You can follow other people and see what they pin, you can create multiple "boards" for multiple topics, etc.  It's dangerous.  You can lose whole days there just looking.  Sadly, "pinning" doesn't get the projects accomplished.  But Friday night, somewhere in the middle of the night (you know when you wake up with these brilliant ideas at 2am?  yep) I remembered this pin and decided it would make a nice new-home housewarming gift for my brother-in-law and his wife.  For the party they're having about 2 hours from now.

I actually remembered in the morning and found a very good tutorial here.  Then ran to the store for supplies and started work.  I finished about 30 minutes ago - just in time for the glue to dry before it needs to remain upright...

Again with the not-so-good light, but considering this is my first attempt at the technique of quilling and gluing paper on its edge to other paper, I'll call it a success.  I'm not sure I'd call it fun.  And I doubt another will be made any time soon.  But it's done in time to blog about it and then go figure out what dish to pass we'll be taking...

Another Pinterest find is a method of binding a quilt completely by machine AND it looks like it has a flange!  Since I quilted the baseball quilts edge-to-edge with white thread and the back is blue, wrapping the back around for a binding isn't going to look great.  So I volunteered (still working on saying no...) to finish the quilts.  This popped up and I decided it would be perfect not only to give the edges a little pop, but since it's all machine-sewn, it will likely hold up better to a 3-year-old boy's rough use.  (And it will go faster...I think...)

So while there are about 4,000 other things I've "pinned" over on Pinterest (look over there near the top of the right sidebar for a link to my Pinterest stuff), at least SOME of them are getting used!

After the party tonight, I think I'm going to try to get that binding made and sewn down.  Or maybe just get it made to be sewn down tomorrow?

Or perhaps I'll go take a nap.

But with a 3-day weekend for me, I still have tomorrow!  I hope to longarm another quilt as well this weekend and if I get really ambitious, perhaps there will be another blog post with more photos tomorrow!

Happy quilting,


Ruth said...

The donation quilt looks great! And I know what you mean about Pinterest! Hee Hee! I have used quite a few recipes that I've pinned and it is fun to get so many neat ideas (like I need any more), but I really enjoy just looking at the pictures. The house warming gift looks awesome! Don't think I'll be trying that any time soon however. Have a good Labor Day!

Beth said...

That is what I did for hours yesterday...Pinterest. I had to add some boards and move some pins arounds.
I love that M that you made, looks perfect to me.
Sounds like you got a lot done this week. The quilting looks cute on your friend's quilt.
Have a good day and happy stitching.

---"Love" said...

Your quilting looks great, and the quilt will make someone very happy! I have to steer clear of Pinterest; I never know when to leave it! It takes too much of my time from reading quilt blogs, which, too, is addictive, of course! But what fun! ---"Love"

a good yarn said...

Oh's easy to lose track of time but there's lots of inspiring stuff there.