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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Kinda McTavishing

I am very excited to be taking a class in McTashing next spring. Of course, I had to go get the book and try it, ahead of time. That is what I worked on all weekend when I should have been vacuuming and doing laundry.

I loaded up the Surf and Sand quilt top. Took forever.

I guess I must be on a retrograde. Everything I did was a disaster. Look at this!!

I honestly have no idea how that happened. I spend about 5 hours ripping. Serves me right for trying to manhandle those puckers. Note to self: quilting puckers flat doesn't work and you end up having to take out all the stitching.

On top of that, I managed to break a needle and it fell into the bobbin case and caused all kinds of problems. About that time (Saturday morning), the business phone rang..and rang...and rang... (three calls from the same number in a five minute period - twice they hung up by the time I'd wiped off my hands - I had oil all over me and tiny screws I was keeping track of). I ended up barking into the phone, "This is Penny - IS THIS AN EMERGENCY???? IT NOT, CALL BACK DURING THE WORK WEEK!!"

I feel bad about it. Temper, temper.

I also made an attempt at faux trapunto. As I understand it, you stick in some extra batting so it poofs more. That is what I did, at any rate. Let's see how it turns out after this goes through the wash.

All in all, I really am liking how the "sort of McTavishing" is looking. I am afraid the quilt, itself, is pretty messed up - the backing is not straight - honestly, I don't know what happened. On top of that, there are some blue threads you can see through the light fabric and I don't know how I missed them. They are driving me nuts.

And look at this pretty girl!

I had to set aside the quilting due to work. It has been a rough two days. I've been handed a new custody case that may be the worst one I've ever dealt with. I need the wisdom of Solomon and the patience of Job. Unfortunately, I have neither.

But for now, I am calling it a night.


Anonymous said...

Sometimes you can snag the dark threads with a very fine crochet hook. But honestly, you won't even notice them once you're done and the quilt is washed.

It's beautiful!


Penny said...

Janet, I sure hope you are right.

I tell you, the Patriotic quilt went together smooth as silk. It was flat, it was smooth, it was perfect. Then this. The backing has some puckers, it is just being weird. Well, let's see how it turns out. I should go upstairs finish it but I'm afraid if I work on it while I'm tired I will live to regret it.

Suzanne Earley said...

I always regret continuing on when it is late and I'm tired. I think you are doing great -- it's not McTavishing -- it's McPennying! LOL I think that's the coolest part of quilting, is to see how people take things and make them their own!

I am sorry your quilt back is misbehaving, sometimes...that just happens, doesn't it??

Linda said...

I wondered why you hadn't posted for 3 days!! I kinda look for you every day cause your blog is so interesting. Your mcpennying looks great but I agree you shouldn't work on it unless you're rested and ready to go. I've had to pull out more stuff cause I just stupidly kept at it thinking I could make it work!

Hope your new case works out for you.
Lurking Linda

Paula said...

You're an awesome quilter, I know you'll work out the kinks. It's a very pretty quilt. Can't wait to see the finished product.


Penny said...

I appreciate everyone checking in. My work ebbs and flows and lately, its been flowing which slows me down on my personal life, dang it!