Saturday, February 18, 2012

FNSI Slow Going

Friday night was "Friday Night Sew In" with Heather and Bobbi. I was a last-minute sign-up since I didn't know how much free time I might have Friday evening, or how I'd be feeling. Gosh, the week was full of paring down... and boy, am I ever getting tired of it!

It was precious to be able to sit down and turn my attention to the Friendship Medallion quilt that's been coming together in doled-out parts. I'm happy to be on part 7, the final round. This last step is taking a while. Might be because the quilt is getting bigger. Duh.

Part 7 involves trimming to 2-1/2" the half-square triangles left over from part 5...

...and sewing them together.

I made four long borders like the two on the far left. 

They don't quite fit the last round of nine-patch blocks, so coping strips are needed. Gotta calculate, cut, and add them around the quilt before sewing on the HST borders. Five hours wasn't as much time as I needed to get the job done, but I still appreciate the monthly FNSI time I can set aside for sewing. 

Now I'm back to paring down and today that meant going through Christmas decorations! Good grief. Until today, these decorations haven't seen the light of day for three years! When kids don't come home for Christmas it doesn't seem worth the effort to put things out. Now, more than half of the decorations are in a donation pile. Happily, my beloved nativity set and stable are destined for our son's family. The only nice aspect of paring down is knowing that what is kept in the family, is going where it's appreciated.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to enter my giveaway here, in the previous blog post. Linda


  1. wow Linda - can't wait to see that finished quilt - it will look fabulous - the borders are gorgeous :)

  2. Your quilt is looking great! You have sooooo much energy, my friend. WOW!

  3. Oh, my goodness, it's going to be gorgeous!! Can't wait to see a full picture of it! Glad you allowed yourself some sewing time.

  4. Yum Yumm!! Can't wait to see the end result. I have been side tracked ( very easy to do) So will have to get back to mine soon.:-)

  5. Your quilt is looking great, looking forward to seeing it all finished! I need to do some paring dowm myself.
    Julia ♥

  6. Oh I really hate that job of trimming down those half-square triangles. Looks like you made good work of it though.

  7. The borders are looking great! Your sorting has inspired me to go look in my boxes this afternoon. Church giveaway coming this weekend so a perfect time to "bless" someone with our unneeded stuff!


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