Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"I got distracted"

So the UFO challenge has officially begun!!   The lucky winner that will get my undivided attention for January is project #6, wedding ring table runner.  This should be easy enough because it is already pieced, not to mention the fact that I completed one just like it 2 years ago.  Also the fact that it is small and will serve a very useful purpose of covering the unsightly blemish on my dining table (note to others-do not leave plug in air fresheners on the table because they will leak and strip the varnish off).  So far I've pulled it out of the closet and reacquainted myself with the beautiful reproduction civil war prints and.... that's as far as I've gotten :( 

You see the problem is I got "distracted"......

Any time I give one of my girls a chore to do I almost always have to go back and ask why the chore isn't finished yet.  The response is, "I got distracted.". That has definitely happened to me this past week.  My Great Aunt Patsy is currently in the nursing home after suffering what appears to have been a double stroke at the end of the summer.  She has only recently went to stay at the nursing home to better facilitate her rehab (she cannot move from the waist down).  To help pass the time she asked for some crochet patterns, so I was asked to help find a pattern or two for infant/small child hats.  Something that would be easy and go together quick.  Needless to say, I just couldn't resist trying the patterns out myself, hence the distraction. 

My hope is that once the "new" wears off, and I make a hat for everyone I know having babies in the near future (~6)  I'll be able to focus on my UFO and complete it!


  1. I commented on this earlier today but it didn't take. I love the hats...you just know how to do alot for someone your age. haha

  2. Very pretty UFO -- hope you finish those hats and get back to it soon!

  3. Hi Leslie!

    I was doing a google search for civil war table runner and came across yours! I have been wracking my brain trying to find just the right one. I love yours! Do you happen to still have the pattern?? I would greatly appreciate it!

  4. Hi Amy!

    The pattern I used was from Eleanor Burns's book "Egg Money Quilts". She has a website at www.quiltinaday.com . I originally bought the book for a sampler class in which we made one square of each pattern in the book (~12-13). The book also had smaller projects like the table runner, a wall hanging, an apron, and a jacket. After completing the class I wanted to do more of the double wedding ring pattern, but not an entire quilt so this project was perfect.

    If you've never used Eleanor Burns's technique you'll love it. Her designs work up really fast. The book was great too because it had templates in the back that just needed to be punched out from nice thick card stock. For this pattern you will need a lightweight fusible that you sew onto the "arcs" and then iron onto background fabric. You can then either hand or machine applique around the arcs (I did a machine blanket stitch with black thread for contrast).

    Hope this helps! If you have any questions just ask and I will help as best I can.