...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.