New Orleans House Project

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Slow Stitching Football Sunday

It's that time of year:  American football season is in full swing!  That means some slow Sunday stitching as I watch football games all afternoon and into the evening.

I didn't grow up as a fan of football, but I became one in self-defense when my two sons developed an interest in the game and even played for a short time.  My youngest son went on to choose sports journalism as a career and he has covered professional football since graduating from college.  On top of that, watching New Orleans Saints games - in person or via TV - is a de rigueur community activity here!

These Grandmother's Flower Garden hexies have been my football Sunday stitching project for a couple of years now.  I haven't made as much progress as I'd like, so this year I'll have to stay focused and try to make more measurable progress.  Part of what slows me up is prepping the green hexies for stitching.  These aren't paper-pieced hexies, they're just marked, cut and stitched.  You can read the back story here, if you're interested.  It's good to remind myself how long I've been working on this quilt!

I'd like to press all the pieced hexie parts before I start sewing this afternoon, but my ironing board is out of commission for now.  I'm not sure what I was thinking, but I tossed my ironing board cover in the washer last night, planning to wash out all the built-up starch residue.  This is what happened - the batting attached to the cover completely shredded in the wash.  Duh - uncovered, un-quilted poly batting is not going to survive even the gentlest wash cycle!  I think I can salvage the cover by trimming off all the batting.  I have stacks of old mattress pads that I save to cut up for padding in various projects, so I should be good to go with just a little work.  If not, it's a good thing Target is open on Sunday!

I hope everyone enjoys their Slow Sunday Stitching!  I'm linking up with other slow Sunday stitchers over at Kathy's Quilts.



10 comments:

  1. I EPP'd a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt several years ago. From the start to end, it took me 8 years. I just took my time and had fun with her. Who says everything has to be pieced fast?

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  2. Your hexies are very pretty, even if progress has been slow.

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  3. I do some EPP here and there and I am quite slow at it :)

    I don't watch football too much unless we are close to getting to the Super Bowl ( Steeler Nation here : ) but my boys were in football when they were young and THEN I was extremely interested! :)

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  4. My hands bother me when I EPP so I really need to try hand piecing as you described. I might be able to finish that ufo if it works out. I need a new cover for my ironing table too. Thanks for the warning.

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  5. An ironing board out of commission can slow down any quilter. Hope you get your prep work done so you can make the most of football season. Sounds like you have many hours of fun ahead.

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  6. Your hexie project is going to be fun to follow!

    We just got home from visiting our daughter at college so I am not stitching today. I am, however, having fun seeing what everyone else is up to.

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  7. I do my flowers that way too - I really need to pull the black fabric and start prepping some hexagons with hand stitch lines to get that project back going. Alas.... I really should finish something I am doing as hand work now first. Maybe it will be a January project =) Until then I'll watch yours grow each Sunday.

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  8. Cute little hexies, and I had to chuckle at the football comments! RIP to you ironing board cover...these these happen at my house too. :(

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  9. oh no - you're poor cover! At least its an easy fix. Love your GFG blocks.

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  10. Oh dear... that cover is dead!
    Enjoy your slow stitching... prepping pieces is a good mindless task to do during football!

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