Sunday, October 12, 2008

Not my favorite thing

Once the piecing is done, quilting is next. Whoa. Not not my strength.
Otto's quilt is now about half quilted. I took Wanda's advice and am stitching in the ditch around the diamonds formed by the Trip Around the World pattern. I was nervous that it might look weird on the funky "back" side of the quilt, but in fact it doesn't seem to. Whew! For all the delaying, it's not so bad and it isn't taking too long. I need to make it a priority to really learn to quilt. And I'll have practice soon -- I have two more tops I want to quilt before the end of the month.

Tomorrow I take my machine in for a cleaning and check-up. I'll be away for a week, so it's a good time to have this done. I'm off to California to see my mother, my daughter, my brother and his wife, two nieces and their growing families, and hopefully some blogging friends at the Pacific International Quilt Festival. This year I was smart enough to time a visit to relatives to coincide with PIQF. Can't wait! I won't be posting while I'm away, but with any luck, I'll be able to get in some blog reading. Have a great week everyone!

15 comments:

jillytacy said...

I love this quilt and can't wait to see it all quilted and finished! I hope you have a great trip. A visit with family and a quilt festival sounds like lot of fun!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Your worries about the quilting part are completely understood at this end (thank goodness I have a gifted quilty friend!).

Enjoy the trip!

Pattie said...

Hi Cheri -

I wish I lived closer to Santa Clara: I'd come say hello while you’re in California! But I'll send good thoughts up north for a good quilt show experience, and a great time with your family.

jacquie said...

i avoid quilting like the plague...i think i'm getting better, but i still would rather be piecing! have a fab trip! see you when you get back with lots of pictures!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

enjoy the PIQF and the visit with your family - all sounds wonderful.

Clare said...

Best of luck with the quilting, I know how you feel.

Have a great trip. By the time you get back Tara will be back too so we'll be back to a full house!

Nines said...

quilting with thw ole sewing machine... so glad that is behind me! But yours is looking good thanbks for the blog advice- I had the wrong email addy in that slot! have a great day!

KathieB said...

Great picture! That vantage point makes the quilting seem like a daunting job. But hey--dig in and it will get done.

Have a fabulous time in CA. I would love to take in the PIQF. Maybe someday.

em's scrapbag said...

Have a most wonderful trip!!! Hope to see lots of pictures form PIQF.

Catherine said...

Hope you have a super trip -- and bring back lots of pictures!

Karol-Ann said...

Also not my favourite thing, but it will be so nice when it's done. Have a safe and wonderful trip!

Magpie Sue said...

Woohoo ~ congrats on the new computer! Have fun at PIQF and enjoy your family. We look forward to seeing lots of pics when you get back ;- )

laura west kong said...

Glad you're all set up with a new computer! Looks like you've made good use of your time with quilts while computerless though. ^_^ I'm sure you'll do wonderfully on the quilting!

meggie said...

Enjoy your visit with relatives. Enjoy those quilts!

The Quilting Pirate said...

what a smart cookie you are! I did the same thing when I left for my cruise and my machine was waiting for me when I returned!

Hope you have a nice week visiting your family!