Wednesday, May 23, 2007


RETREAT MARATHON SEWING

I’ve told you about my completed project now let me tell you about the marathon sewing we did LATE Saturday night.

We were discussing what time we were going to leave on Sunday – one of the girls riding with me was very anxious to finish the project she was working on. It was midnight, I’d already shut off my machine and cleaned up my work table. One of the other girls, her sister, said “are we up for some marathon sewing”? So, I turned my machine on, pulled out my threads snippers and we got busy. We worked on the blocks as a “tag team” – sewing, pressing, sewing, pressing (two of us sewing and one pressing). By 2:00am we had completed all 35 blocks – WHEW! The owner of the blocks and I decided to lay out the blocks on the design wall while her sister shut off irons, machines, etc. We continued to layout the blocks and she went to bed. Once the blocks were on the design wall, we stood back admiring our hard work, looked at each other and said “let’s sew it together”. LOL She took a row and I took a row; once both rows were done – I told her to grab another row and I would start sewing rows together. At 3:30am we were done – the “guts” of the quilt were completed. WOOHOO!!!! Now, it was time to go to bed!

So, if you need someone to help you with “marathon sewing” I’m your girl. LOL

24 comments:

Libby said...

Just like The Elves And The Shoemaker . . . I bet she was surprised *s*

Doodlebug Gail said...

OMG - what a good friend you are! That is so pretty and soft. Are you all caught up on your sleep - LOL?

Wendy said...

What a great description of how it all played out, it made me chuckle. The quilt is stunning, great team work. Wonderful memories.

Pam said...

Pretty impressive -- good for you. Lovely quilt - such pretty colours. It looks like it would have been a lot of sewing too :))

Lisa said...

You are a NUT, Darlene! See, I KNEW you got so much done because you didn't sleep! ;-)

Linda said...

Wow what a terrific friend. Love the quilt, such pretty colours. I bet you slept well when you got home.

Mary Anne said...

You're hired !!!!! for sewing AND planting -- HA !!! (and I thought I was the only lunatic crazy enough to sew until 2 or 4 AM when I finally get my groove on -- get my second wind -- have had way too much coffee to even begin to sleep, etc. -- but , ugh! the next morning just ain't pretty -- kind of a lack of sleep hang over!)

Carol said...

WOW! How awesome! What a great pattern I love it! I think I should come sew with you...I could get tons done.

Anne said...

OMG, Darlene! What a way to go! I'm so impressed with you! I think I'll hire you to help me push through my pile of UFOs and projects in planning! Now, you get some sleep :o)

Helen said...

i'm impressed! i accept your offer on all-night quilting. anytime you find yourself in central canada with a hankering for all-night quilting, my house is open to you. ;)

tami said...

Oh, that sounds like so much fun. Whad did she say when she got up in the morning? Was she surprised?

Vicky said...

How about I mail the giterdun to you? LOL

Bet she thought the quilty elves had paid a visit during the night! What fun!

sara, the house of charm said...

You were a quilting fairy! It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your friends. Ok, but show us YOUR projects!! Can't wait to see.

Nadine said...

Oh Yes,please, come by me : your help would be sooo much appreciated !
(I just can't imagine me in a marathon sewing : it takes me 10 minutes to thread the machine needle, then 10 other minutes to press the foot pedal, and I'm not accurate at all (I mean with the sewing machine), so you can imagine the disaster! LOL

Beautiful quilt ! BRAVO !

NADINE

Vicki W said...

What a fun story! And that quilt is really cute. I was just thinking that I need to come up with my next community service quilt project and this would be a good pattern for some of my scrap squares.

swooze said...

Oh how fun! That was really nice of you. I like to help others like this as well.

Dawn said...

Oh what fun! I like Libby's thought! The Elves and the Shoemaker!!!!

Happy Zombie said...

HOLY SMOKES! Ok... I REALLY wanted to say HOLY CRAP! The quilt itself is fantastic... but the marathon sewing on top of it.... WOW!

Kathy Wagner said...

LOL...that was fun to read! What a great memory!

atet said...

Ohhh -- what a fun quilt! Marathon sewing, think we can get it added as an olympic sport? The work you did was amazing -- and great teamwork!

KCQuilter said...

Well, come right on over then! The coffee pot is on!

Carole said...

Well, Ms SQ Gonzales, why am I not surprised? You have got to be the quickest quilt top producer in the world. Nice job! When are you coming over? The pool is up and the water is a hot 70 degrees. The day should be around 88 here! I've got the wine and a cook and my brother is supplying the food! Dinner is around 8:00 p.m. How fast can you get here Ms Speedy? lol Keep well!

Nicole said...

I was going to say it sounds like something right out of Rumplestiltskin! Your friend must have been blown away when she got up and saw what you had done. More pictures! More pictures!

Doe said...

You're an amazing friend! Alright Darlene, that is it! You're on my speed dial the next time I need to finish a quilt or 2 or 18 ASAP! lol!

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