We watched Laurie work her magic and got our hands in there a little too to try and learn for our turn. Half way through, the thread started breaking and ultimatly we could hear the machine sliding and stitches were not forming. Laurie nursed the machine through the first top and then we loaded the second hoping it would go more smoothly. If did not. But all was not lost.
While Laurie fiddled I rifled through her project boxes, her stash, her bags of stuff here there and everywhere. Renne and Laurie couldn't help but laugh at me. I found Laurie's Orca Bay in progress and corrected a few Ohio stars with Renee's help. That involved a seam ripper and my playing on Laurie's Janome 6600.
Once the two errant blcoks were repaired I then pawed through the other projects to see if there was something else Laurie needed help on. I didn't sew anything else for her but moved to her stash and looked that over then found the pile of orphan blocks. Those were fun to look at! She has some nice little projects in there I think.
What captured my attention for the remainder of the date was a bag of scraps she had under her longarm that needed to be sorted and pressed. Renee sorted out the too small for pet beds and I pressed the rest. We saved selvedges in a separate pile. They were Japanese prints in turqouise, red, white and grey. Oh I wanted to play in those. Alas, Laurie had her own plan and they stayed with her.
Here is the first top all quilted. I will add a binding and send it off to Renee's grandson Porter. The pattern is McCall's super size 9 patch. You just take 3 yards of fabric and cut them all the same way and shuffle the pieces then sew back together again. Just need 1 yard of fabric for each backing. Super easy and fast! I remember making these and laboring over the cuts needing to be "right". If I make these again they'll just all be cut the same without so much worry about exactness. Who will know?
Here is a close up of the loops, stars and moons.
I hapened upon this kit while nosing about in Laurie's sewing room. My eyes must have been extra sparkly as she offered it to me and I happily accepted. This was donated to her guild. I will make the top and return it to her for their charity that makes quilts for hospice. Just a quick fun project!
We had a great time and agreed that we needed to do it again. Laurie kept the other two tops and agreed to quilt them for me. At this point they are destined for Project Linus.