Wednesday, February 1, 2012

DaGMT - Day 1, "Ready....Set.....SEW!"

"I, Beth Helfter, Original Quilting Hottie, pledge to chain myself to the sewing machine for at least 90 minutes a day for the month of February. This is despite the fact that they (ie my daughters, ages 9, 9, and 5) will have two Feb break weeks (because they go to school in two separate states and it would in fact kill someone to suggest that Feb break weeks should be either outlawed or at the very least streamlined), and I may quite possibly be insane."

January 24, 2012 11:05 AM
That was my official (and slightly revised) commitment to the DaGMT challenge last week. And here we are - finally ready to sew our faces off every day for a month! I was so excited last night I could barely sleep. Not really, but I'm trying to create some buzz here. Work with me.

A few orders of business before I reveal my progress in my 90 minutes today:

1. Yes, Michelle Banton and others, you CAN sign up to participate today, tomorrow, or any day until February 29. Of course the earlier you sign up in the month, the more you will accomplish, the better you will feel about yourself, and the brighter the sun will shine, but absolutely, join any time! Just comment on any post having to do with this challenge and state your goals, and you are in.

2. I have created a group flickr for us. I know. Me. I created a group flickr. AND it seems to work. I think the sun is shining brighter already. To find it and add your photos, go to and upload! It's really pretty easy and I can't wait to see all your accomplishments. I'm also going to make the blog button for the challenge over on the left side of the screen link directly to the group flickr. Watch me roll, hotties!

So, what did I do in my 90 minutes this morning. Well, after my obligatory writhe on the floor in ecstasy after all my family members have left the building and therefore ceased to be able to pepper me with questions, I decided to finish a project I started last week, a new quilt for Greta's bed which only needed borders. As I do not know exactly when or how I will use this design for EPQD, I'm only showing a small portion, but you should be able to get the idea that I added 4 triple borders to a full size quilt, so therefore 12 borders in all, none of which was cut or pieced prior to this morning. Aren't I impressive?

Since all that only took me 83 minutes, and I felt that as the moderator of this challenge I need to set a good example, I spent the remaining 7 minutes fixing the one block out of 64 that I screwed up on my friend Barbara Townsend's log cabin swap block. I had to move one lovely chartruesey-orange** log from the light side to where it belonged on the dark side. And voila! 90 minutes was up. I post a photo here of the last quilt that resulted for me when my guild did this swap as I can't show Barbara's turquoisy-puce** block, because the reveal is not until June.

(**some color names may have been changed to protect the innocent)

So what did YOU work on today?


quiltyVal said...

My quilting time did not have an auspicious beginning. I had a walking foot on my machine but wanted to piece. Tried changing feet but must have lost a piece cuz that darn foot would not go on. Tried for awhile to figure out the problem before giving up in frustration. Doesnt help that I got out of the hospital Monday but brought home a lovely chest cold.

Took a few hours to rest (and stop swearing lol), I decided to fuse my paisley butterflies onto the background fabric. So I did in fact get some time in today.

Beth at Quilting Hottie Haven said...

Oh my goodness, Val! That is not what I was hoping for for you! Feel better, and yes, fusing counts and is a fabulous alternative to nasty machine feet. Better days are ahead, I am sure.

LInda Pearl said...

Well, I beat myself..I would have thought that I'd get around to this around 11:30 - but I'm done! Let the record reflect that since it was at the end of a very long was an easy project...made binding and basis for another challenge project I'm working on. pics coming at some point, but I will try to put DaGMT on the top of the list, not the end of the day. I took a pic but I am too tired to post.

Deb said...

Day 1. Never even got my sewing machine turned on. However, I spent 2 hours picking up some fabric donated to quilt guild, and spent 20-30 minutes hand-sewing in the car while waiting to pick up DD from school. So while I didn't do what I planned, I did get some sewing done.

Michelle Banton said...

I, Michelle Banton, do hereby pledge to devote a minimum of 30 minutes each and every day (including leap day) in the month of February, 2012 to my quilting projects. Though it is now the 3rd of the month, I truthfully acknowledge that I have already completed the requirements for the first and second days of the month. And, as soon as I hit "send" on this, I am heading to my stash and my sewing machine!

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