Saturday, August 13, 2011

The little red table had a pretty good workout today.   This was sew in #1 for Quilts For Kids.  In my limited space,  5 good friends stitched up 6 quilt tops from the kits.   Quite an accomplishment since Nancy knew how to sew a bit but not how to sew a quilt - which is very different from garment sewing - and Jane is an extremely experienced seamstress but she too had never sewn a quilt.   But old hands, Linda Wiz, Pat and Alice, with chirps from Turbo who did all the handsewing from her perch on the couch, got the newbies through with flying colors, and everyone ended the day with a great feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.  

We each had a workspace, and for the 5 machine sewers,  3 sewed on a classic Featherweight!   See how nice my red table looks!   

and Nancy gave it a good workout.  Of course my serious-enabler friend, Pat,  introduced me to these wonderful tables, hers in the natural finish.   

We were sewing kits,  and here is Linda with her completed "flimsie":  

I managed to get one of my non-kit-quilts onto the longarm and quilted, but was generally a little too busy to spend much time actually "doing" rather than coaching and encouraging.   Oh, and getting the food on the table.   Gosh, now I know why I'm a quilter, quilters are good at food!  And newbie Nancy brought divine tomatoes with fresh basil and mozzarella, and seasonings so clearly pulled her weight as a quilter-in-training!   

So for me, this was just another high point of the day!

And finally,  what was really great was how well my friends meshed.   It was nearly as though everyone had been friends for years instead of several meeting today for just the first time.  It was wonderful.  I have really nice friends. 

Scorecard (Goal: 12 Non-kits,  12 kits)

  • 8 non-kits completely finished including label
  • 1 non-kit complete except for binding and labeling
  • 6 kits are in flimsy status, ready to be quilted
  • 2 kits need borders then will be ready for quilting
I'd say this is on target to meet the mid October goal!  Just in case though,  sew-in #2 is scheduled for Saturday September 17.   There are a few friends who wanted to participate but could not attend today so if needed, we will do it again and finish up. 


  1. We had such a good time that it was difficult to remember we actually had a serious purpose! I will finish one of the kits today, and just found some cute fabric from my stash (oh what a surprise) to make another top.

  2. Thanks for arranging this, Bobbi. We had a real old-fashioned quilting bee, but with machines!