Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Epic HST Quiltathon, Or, What Was I Thinking?



End of Day One.

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End of Day Two.

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I'm thinking there's an Accuquilt Go! Cutter in my future.  This was insane.  My feet hurt from so many hours of standing and cutting!

I have a lot more white fabric to cut.   However, when the heat comes back, my son will be using my cutting table for his computer, as I have the only room with air conditioning.  I think I have enough cut so that I can sit and sew squares together for hours.  I'll worry about cutting more when I run out.  I'm going to stitch the squares together around all the edges, then cross-cut them from corner to corner.  I've done it that way before and I really like it.  Not so much stretch.

I'm really loving watching the Olympics so far - of course I'm rooting for the Americans, but I'm always so pleased for whoever wins.  You know how hard these athletes have worked - dedicated their lives to this - and the joy on their faces chokes me up every time.  Are you enjoying it too?

34 comments:

Terry said...

That's quite a pile of fabric you have there! You're going to be busy sewing for a little while! LOL

Carrie P. said...

goodness! you have been busy. my feet would be hurting too.
Is that a new button on your sidebar (allie-oops) and the scripture verse?
I need to put my verses back up. I was doing some cleaning up on my blog a while back and just didn't put it back.

Carrie P. said...

I have been watching the olympics some today.
I will admit that volley ball was a little boring.

Brenda said...

You certainly are ready for some sewing! I have been watching. Started watching with my oldest grandson while he visited this weekend. But now I am just catching a little here and there. Did get some stitching done while watching the bike races though.

Dolores said...

Watched some synchro diving, some women's bike racing and gymnastics. Ladies' day today.
Lookin' forward to see what you are going to make with all those cut fabrics. Give your feet a foot bath.

Anne said...

What a great pile of cut fabrics. Looks like you need to start sewing and get off your feet. How are they so thread free? Do you use starch?

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Look at that fabric...lot of cutting Allie...I look forward to seeing your progress with your new project...love the Olympics...

WoolenSails said...

What were you thinking, lol. That is a lot of cutting. I do have a go, but usually use it for shape cuts and I have never cut that many pieces at once.

Debbie

Mama Pea said...

That's a lot of cutting! You can borrow my Go Baby, if you want! LOL. I haven't watched the Olympics. Too busy to turn on the TV!

Sandra :) said...

Have you decided what quilt you're going to make? Enquiring (nosy) minds want to know! ;)

unfinishedquilts said...

Are you trying to make up those missing 15 minutes?lol My girlfriend has an acuquilter and says there is alot of waste with it. Said unless you are cutting certain shapes, further ahead to just cut it with your matt. So far I haven't had the need, maybe someday :) Might be a great gift idea with the holiday's coming up!
So what are you making??? Can't wait to find out!

paulette said...

They look so purdy sitting there waiting!! Good for you...that's a lot of hard work!! Can't wait to see what you make!!
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Fiona said...

looks like you are turning fabric cutting into an olympic sport - looks lovely... I like doing HST's that way too...

Hugz

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Okay, call me dumb, but remember I am an embroidery designer...ok?
What is a HST ?? I suggested half square triangle to Mr E and he agreed that made sense. Help?
Hugs
Jen
xxx
PS: The Aussie girls won gold in the women's swimming relay!!! Can't get any better than that for me. :-)

shez said...

yes Allie a go cutter would be so handy for you.xx

VivJM said...

Oh my, what a lot of cutting! My least favourite part of quilting I think!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Cutting can be so tiring but it's a great sense of achiement. Looks as though you are ready to sew up a storm!! The Olympics are wonderful aren't they. I agree it dosent really matter who wins. It's like an extra bonus if your country wins.

Teresa said...

Wow... you have really been cutting up a storm. I'm glad you have the games to watch as you cut!! I am loving the games and I love to see whoever wins as well. Gets me all choked up watching all the emotion as well. I'm a huge sook!!

Wendy said...

Blimey, there's enough there for about 20 quilts!

I don't quite understand the method though, will you take a picture of the sewing round the edge and cutting? I'm probably being thick.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Oh, my, all that cutting and piecing. You are a wonder! Enjoy watching those Olympics!

ladybelle1234 said...

How did you get that fabric stacked so perfectly?? OK. I'm going out on a limb here. I love the olympics, sports, competition, love it all. But the US basketball team? They could use a good dose of humility. I wouldn't mind seeing them lose. The olympics is no place for all this no. 1 finger pointing up stuff. Sorry, USA. I love to see the surprised winners.

Talin's Corner said...

I am loving those piles. So pretty. Can't wait to see...

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I recently bought foam mats to put under my rugs to stand on. They help the sore and tired feet a lot. I found mine at a garage sale for cheap. Someday I will get better quality ones, now that I know it really does make a huge difference.

donna said...

You really have a great pile of fabric. I think I will have to take Amy's advice. My legs and feet hurt too after I stand on them to long at the cutting table.
Hugs
donna

SewCalGal said...

Ahh, but the pleasure of getting everything cut leads into the excitement of knowing you'll soon have a beautiful quilt.

But, for some quilts, I do think die cutting systems (e.g. AccuQuilt, Sizzix, Fiskars, etc) really helps speed up the process. If we lived closer, I'd certainly let you use my die cutter to see how you like it. I definitely enjoy these modern quilting tools.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Love the stack of fabrics! I like making my HSTs that way too. It seems to go faster, plus I don't have to draw any lines :)

I have a Go! cutter but I prefer to cut the larger squares with my rotary cutter. You have to cut your fabric before you put it through the Go anyways unless you are using a die that cuts multiple squares at once. I will use it if I am cutting fat quarters though because they are easy to fold to fit the die. I do like my Go for cutting shapes though.

Michelle May said...

Oh my gosh Allie! I wish you lived closer to me. I would pay you two wrap orders for me!!!
Love the Olympics too. I'm having to tape them though. Too much work going on around Bunnyville.

Soggibottom said...

Catching up :-)
Er, great Olympics, but seems we are being spoon fed it here. You can get too much of a good thing. I suppose that is why there are so many places around the country that should be busy and full at this time of year, but most people want to steer clear of the venue's..... We haven't heard any real news on our tv all week.... Where has the rest of the world gone too :-) ?

oh, have to say, looks like your having your own Olympics there, great job Allie :-) X X X

Shasta said...

Wow, that is a lot of cutting. You win the gold medal for that for sure! I am sure you will be very busy sewing in the next round.

Pam McL said...

Oh, Allie-girl! That stack of fabric squares made me smile. I plan to get back to sewing once winter sets in. I love the embroidered work on the previous post--can't wait until you get the bears done, it looks adorable already.
I've likened watching the Olympics to watching paint dry. I am sooooo none-athletic--so I can't relate to any of it. Dh, OTOH, is a former high school track and wrestling star, so he's glued to the TV every night.

Aunt Spicy said...

goodness. wow. hows it going?

Joanne Lendaro said...

WOW!! That is one big pile! Can't wait to see it finished!

Karen said...

I think we need to take up a collection for you to get whole house air-conditioning!

Linda said...

You would win the Cut-athelon I'm sure! Wow. That's a lot of cutting!

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