Friday, November 30, 2012

Does Pat Sloan Ever Sleep?

I believe the days are speeding up.  That's the only explanation.  Time for tinsel, lights, and pretty wrapped treasures.  Not here, of course - but I'm optimistic.  Soon.   I bet Pat Sloan's house is decorated already.   More about Pat, a little farther down this post.

There are several projects going on here in different stages.  Some on paper, some on cloth, and some only dreamt about.  I hope to be able to show more soon.  I do have this project - The Mrs. Billings Coverlet by Somerset Patchwork & Quilting.  This is what my hand piecing looks like in my lap....

I just added the 5th border today.  I have mixed feelings about it.  I LOVE it, but the pressing of this project is vexing.  There are many pieces here, most on the bias.  Karen's wonderful instructions suggest to finger press, so not to stretch out your quilt top.  I can agree wholeheartedly with this recommendation - yet I WANT to press.  I long to iron.  Mrs. Billings is looking a little wrinkled and puffy right now - like she has had a wild night out on the town.

So, except for the center block of hexagons, this has only been finger pressed.  I so want to steam this baby into submission, but know that isn't really wise at this point.  Yet I see other peoples Mrs. Billings posted online looked prim and starched.  C'mon people - confess that you're pressing this.

Besides that little problem - I love working on this and am dreading the time when it has to be put away for awhile.

Make sure to stop over at Pat Sloan's Blog today - she is having Pat Sloan's Holiday Giveaway!
Today she is talking about Polly and I.  No doubt Pat is talking about us because she is delirious.  She is one of the hardest working women in the textile industries.  Really.  She has projects going ALL THE TIME.  Today she has a Minick and Simpson giveaway..... a Game Board Quilt Kit featuring Indigo Crossing fabric from Moda.

This fabric doesn't even exist yet (at least not in yardage).  This kit is made from the last of the sample yardage from the mill.  Indigo Crossing will be in your local quilt shops in February.   Go over to Pat's blog RIGHT NOW.  Maybe if we all follow along on her blog hop - Pat will take a much deserved nap.

Laurie




24 comments:

Tazzie said...

Shhh, don't tell anyone, but yes, I press my Mrs Billings pieces. And sometimes I use Best Press too. The horror!!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Janet said...

Your Mrs Billings looks marvelous!! It was meant to be made from Minick and Simpson fabric.

Julee said...

Just over at Pats' blog and sign up for your great giveaway, hope to win it....love your Mrs Billings too. Im' down to the next to last quilt block of KCS BOM. Doing mine in red, brown & some black. Enjoying the quilt BOM.

WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful quilt and love the fabrics in it.
I wish I had half of Kelly's energy.

Debbie

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your Mrs. Billings is coming along beautifully. I have some Texas Stars that I hand pieced last winter that need to be set together. They also are not to be pressed until the entire top is complete--it's so hard not to get that iron out!!

Donna in SW PA said...

wonderful!!

Pip said...

I was going to say that I have a friend making Mrs Billings and I'm sure she presses, but she has beaten me to it (Tazzie)

Helen said...

I love your game board quilt patterns s and it looks great in Indigo Crossing. I'm looking forward to seeing the fabric.

Janet said...

Mrs Billings looks wonderful. I have the same issues with pressing. What's the harm in at least doing some of the center section?

MaryLiz said...

Oh, go ahead and press it. I love me my Magic Sizing.

I really enjoy seeing this grow, border by border!

kshackabq said...

Your Mrs. Billings looks fabulous!

PatSloan said...

I must confess.. I only got 5 hrs of sleep last night... but usually I DO GET MORE.. wink!!!! Love featuring YOU and you are amazing to offer this EXCLUSIVE giveaway! ... SMOOCHES!

Cynthia Willard said...

I really love the pristine simplicity of your quilts...two color quilts are a favorite of mine, so keep designing!

lovetostitch said...

NO, Pat does not sleep, she has several clones that she keeps in place, sort of like thos life size cardboard people you see - I think the real Pat stays at Starbucks and stays on her electronic social devices........ I mean it's her only vice. The adorable Pat Sloan gets a lot done, doesn't she?
Huge fan of every line you gals come up with!! I finally got all 3 of my red & white quilts done from AP&Q magazine, then realized my geese fly different than the pattern - oops, I can live it!!

Machelle said...

Ok I will. I want Pat to get some shut eye:)

Anonymous said...

Of course Pat sleeps...with one eye shut and the other designing or drawing or sewing or that social media addiction takes hold. She could put us all to shame, but just smiles at us and hands over a new pattern or new fabric. Gotta love her.

CathyK said...

Love your Mrs. Billings!

Cynthia said...

Oh, and NO Pat does not sleep...she's CAFFEINATED!!! There's a Starbucks close to her house and she's always there during daylight hours sucking down Lattes!
She sews all night long, writes books, schedules appearances...when would she have time to sleep?

Lisa C in GA. said...

I seriously just asked that same question out loud to my iPad the day before yesterday!! I've been sick, so sleep and wake, sleep and wake...and each time I wake, no matter what time of the day or night, there is a cool new post from Pat. She even had guests over last night! Do t know how she does it. I love your slightly bedraggled Mrs. Billings, btw :)

Every Stitch said...

Mrs Billings is looking just fine as it is - gorgeous colours/fabrics you are using!Every Stitch

Carrie P. said...

I read your interview on Pat's blog. Love the photos. Pat is amazing and I have wondered if she ever sleeps.

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Just found your block ... bookmarked it right away! I am humbled by your Mrs. Billings piece ... NO WAY could (or would) I tackle such a project like that at this point in my quilting life ... but it could be a goal, right?

the girlfriend gap said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway over at pats blog. You all are amazingly talented women! Wishing you all a merry Christmas. Janita

Karen Styles said...

Mrs B looks fantastic Laurie...... try, try, try, not to press. I know its tempting but see if you can wait until you have a solid section, then 'maybe' give it a go. I did press at the very end to make sure it quilted OK. Keep going I love seeing what you have been up to.
Karen :)

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