Sunday, June 24, 2012

A must have quilting book...

...called Sunday Morning Quilts.   It is a new book by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.   I was thrilled when asked if I would test one of the patterns...thank you Mama Spark for suggesting me as a pattern tester to Amanda Jean. The pattern I tested was Up Up and Away and it is one of 16 Modern Scrap Projects found in Sunday Morning Quilts. The fabric I used was Lily and Will II by Bunny Hill Designs and Moda Ivory for the background.  It has 589 little triangles....

Up Up and Away

Last summer I was testing a pattern for Amanda Jean at Crazymomquilts.  When you are testing a pattern it is all hush hush until the pattern or book is released.  Well...I had completely forgotten about the quilt and had still not even finished it.....I do have a zillion UFO's...many stored in pizza boxes.  My DS bought me 2 crates of pizza boxes....a few years ago to kinda organize my UFO's

Well, Wednesday night I went to shut down the PC before bed and noticed an email from Amanda Jean.  She would like to blog about her pattern testers on her 'Sunday Morning Scrap' posting....this Sunday.  I'm in panic mode, not sure where to even find the quilt.  I knew the rows were made, but not all the rows were sewn together.

Thursday morning I found the quilt rows wrapped in a flannel table cloth that I use as my design wall. I had a busy day on Thursday and just had time to repress the rows and arrange the ones that I still had to sew together.  The rows are stitched on point and there were a lot of intersections that had to be pinned.  These are 2" squares. I had a quilt meeting Thursday night....and got home after 9.  It was 95F on Thursday and felt like 100F....and there was no air conditioning in the church.  To say the least I was whipped when I got home!!!!  I decide to send Amanda Jean an email to see if we could have another week or so to get pictures to her....she got back to me and she was going to think about it but would probably go with what the testers sent her and go ahead with the post this Sunday....in 4 days......I had to get my act together fast and get something worthwhile sent to Amanda Jean. I pinned, stitched and pressed 2 inch squares on Friday and finished the quilt top Friday evening.  I loaded it onto the long arm, picked my pattern and thread so I could start quilting it first thing Saturday morning.  I'm still pretty slow with the long arm but I managed to finish the quilt at 12:03 pm.  I trimmed it and decided I wanted to do a 2 colored binding, a little more time consuming and added pressure, but I wanted the back of the quilt plain.  I finished hand stitching the binding down about 8 o'clock....thank goodness it was still light outside for a few pictures to send to Amanda Jean.


I think I worked pretty good under pressure.  Thank you Amanda Jean for trusting me as a pattern tester and for getting me to finish one of my UFO's.  I luv it...it's my 'calming quilt'...all my worries are Up Up and Away.



23 comments:

amandajean said...

oh, Pauline! you certainly went above and beyond. thank you for your speedy finish. it looks AMAZING! you do beautiful work!

thanks so much for testing the pattern for me!

Mama Spark said...

It rally is beautiful all finished. Great job!

Susan said...

Wow. This is really amazing. I'm impressed with your work ethic, too.

Tara said...

Too funny! My pictures were sent to AJ last night as the sun was setting too! It's beautiful and now I'm intrigued as to what two sided binding is!

Wendi said...

Wow!! Wow, because you completed your quilt without any compromise in workmanship AND you have a Beautiful and Amazing quilt.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Pauline this quilt is simply gorgeous! I love your fabric choices and I know this won't be the last time you'll be asked to be a pattern tester. :) I can't imagine how you did it in that length of time except I know that means you didn't sleep! Congratulations on a beautiful job. blessings, marlene

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

Nice work! There's nothing like an urgent deadline!! It's beautiful, and the quilting is impressive - I love how the curves in the quilting complement the angles in the patchwork!

Wendy said...

Oh my goodness! I'm in love with your quilt and if that pattern is anything to go by, that book is going on my "have to have" wish list :) Excellent Job, Lady!!

Renae said...

I like the softer pretty colors.
Very calm indeed.

Barb said...

Lovely quilt!

Angie said...

It is wonderful!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Its beautiful! Way to sew under pressure! :-)

Dora, the Quilter said...

I love your quilt. I fear that if I had had to do that many half square triangles that my quilt would have become a UFO too. You did a great job (under pressure or not), and it is a wonderful quilt. (I found your blog via "Sew Many Ways.")

Suzanne said...

Nothing like a deadline to get things going, eh? You did an awesome job and had me holding my breath until the end of your story. What a great FO!

BonnieGay said...

Wow, to the finished quilt and the time it took you to get it done. I went to Amanda Jean's blog to see the other quilts and they all were fantastic.

Silvana said...

lovely job!
:)

Madame Samm said...

Fabric, desgn, photos all excellent..great job Pauline ...you are most certainly in your element

Christa said...

Wow, Pauline! I am VERY impressed! Great job!

Anne Sutton said...

I have to say I LOVE your quilt, especially out of L & W, but I love even more the story of how you had to finish in 4 days and still tried to get it extended a week. You are a girl after my own heart. I hate to say it but I work well under pressure too as much as I hate it. Great job Pauline! I'm going to remember how good you are at working under stress! :>)

Anne Sutton said...

I have to say I LOVE your quilt, especially out of L & W, but I love even more the story of how you had to finish in 4 days and still tried to get it extended a week. You are a girl after my own heart. I hate to say it but I work well under pressure too as much as I hate it. Great job Pauline! I'm going to remember how good you are at working under stress! :>)

Nicole said...

It turned out so well. A lot of work, but well worth it. xoxoxoxo

Susan Jonsson said...

Your's is my favorite quilt....I bought the book largely because of how beautiful it is. Lots of pieces....but your example gives me the boost I need to begin!

Susan

Lesley said...

This is such a wonderful quilt...so glad you were pushed to the limit...the results are spectacular! Congrats on a fabulous finish!

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