Saturday, 2 February 2013

Fab Friday Night With Friends

Did you enjoy FNWF last night?   I hope so.


I had a brilliant time.  Not only did I have you all for company last night Kitty is visiting this weekend so there were two of us trying to outdo encouraging each other to do great things!

My evening started with a bit of decisive stash diving.   Kitty was well impressed with that.  I'm not exactly known for making quick decisions but since 'Speedy' seems to be my new middle name I got straight down to business... no messing.  


Drawing around then cutting out and marking templates slowed me down a fair bit......  


Cut a lot of diamonds and......


sewed a few of them together too.....


I was going great guns till the time came to start adding squares into the mix then the trouble started!   Now the pattern for this block includes templates for diamonds, squares and triangles.   Instructions for the squares let you choose between cutting squares using the template or by cutting strips of fabric 3 1/8" wide then cutting into 3 1/8" squares.    I chose the second option.... for speed!  

Now one thing I do well is precision cutting...... see.......

spot on 3 1/8"!!     So far so good.   Next instruction is to place template over fabric square and mark corner placement dots on the fabric........


Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr................  the template is bigger than the cut square!!    Measured the template itself and low and behold it measures 3 1/4" square!   Bugger....bugger.....bugger.... RATS!!! 

At this point Kitty...... who was quietly stitching away in the background and looking very serene (she only let me take the photo because she's got a new hair do).......


decided we should re-name FNWF....... Foul Mouthed Friday!


Does this face look happy to you?    Let me tell you the only thing between me and total meltdown at that point is that big glass of  El Vino Collapso!

While I take a moment to calm down (again) take a look at what Kitty was stitching.....


she's a woman on a mission to finish her Tailfeathers quilt.   Gorgeous eh!

Right..... back to my 'square' problem.    Fortunately it's not that big a problem.  I can centre up the template and mark corner dots... I'm not that big an idiot (!).  Sure it'll leave me with a scant 1/4" seam on all sides but I can live with that.   I'm just really ticked off because the problem wasn't of my making (for once).   Oh well.... no point crying over scant seams is there.

The faux pas didn't didn't really stop me having a fab time last night and of course a glass or two of wine helped put a smile on my sour puss!

I wasn't the only sour puss yesterday.   Get a look at Licky Lou.....


she is one ticked off cat for sure.     She's just had half a bath...... the bottom half.    Pour little girl had a spot of tummy trouble this week which resulted in her being just a tad aromatic as in stinky enough to knock out a Bull Elephant!      I'm happy to say (so is Kitty) that she's now as sweet as a nut again...

Enough.... it's high time I visited you all to check out what you got up to last night.....

Till next time
Have some fun....

Hugs
Josie

22 comments:

Diane-crewe said...

so glad you had a good time... so much fun to have a friend to sew with xx

Kindred Quilts said...

I needed to chuckle and your post made me do so! I do love your diamonds... stick to it! It will be worth it! And I hope you had a glass of wine for me!!!

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

It sounds like you had a great time and got a lot done. Glad Kitty is feeling better.

barb's creations said...

Bugger with the squares turning out to be the wrong size especially since it wasn't your fault :( Poor kitty,hope she's free of her tunny upset now and regained her dignity from having a bath :) Barb.

Chookyblue...... said...

other then the cat sounds like you and I would get on perfectly...........lol........cheers......

Kath said...

I bet there are a few kindred spirits - not the wine type lol - out there in blogland. Loved your post and puss.

And yes, the wine would have gone down well. ANd you did have fun. That's what it is all about.

Jeanette said...

Despite the hiccup sounds like you both had a fabulous time. Poor puss i hope she is all better now. Hugs,xx.

marina said...

looks like a great friday night sewing!
Do you always sew with a glass of wine on your sewing machine?
I think Licky Lou's eyes say it all lol.

Wendy said...

Glad you had a good time. Don't you hate when the templates you use are wrong.

Susan said...

So much fun and games, and a friend to share it with. Some people would be surprised what us stitchers can get up to!

Fiona said...

you do tell a great story Josie... loved this post..
Hugz

Pat said...

Sounds like you had a great time!
Hope your kitty is feeling better.

shez said...

what a fun night you had josie and love your friends project,and glad you both werent thirsty,lol.xx

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Anything can look better with a glass of wine...or two :) Can't think of a better way to spend a Friday night then sewing with a friend :) hugs

Charlie and Wendy said...

I love your diamond star, very beautiful. Too bad the template was different, I'm sure you will sort it out! Kitty's stitching is beautiful. Poor Licky Lou, I hope she's back to normal, hugs Wendy

Shirley said...

The haircut is holding up well I notice. Sounds like you had a good evening inspite of the hiccup! Hope kitty is better now.

Katie said...

I hope your Kitty is better now! You were certainly busy!Your diamond scrap star is gorgeous!!
(Love 'Foul Mouthed Friday' haha! :)

Kelli said...

Love the star and love scraps! I thought from the pic that you were going to rename it FNWW.. Friday Night with Wine. ;) Glad your kitty is smelling rosy again. xo

cottonreel said...

Hi Josie , I just popped over from seeing you on another blog . I have loved browsing thro,. your posts , Ill come again . I have joined you as a follower . I am from Leicestershire , UK
My blog is http://cottonreelblogspot.com
love the hourglass top

Grethe said...

Seems you had a nice sew-along time! Love the glass on top of your Pfaff;must certainly try that on mine:-)
Nice diamond with great colours,good luck!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Girl, you are just too funny, you crack me up!!

Raewyn said...

Lots of 'oh dears' but also wanted to say thanks for sharing the picture of the template with the Y-seam holes marked..... any right angled piece of template stuff with a small hole or slit marked at the intersection would be so handy for Y seams wouldn't it? Easier than measure them like I usually do (Sorry does that make sense? It does to me, so thanks for the idea!!)