Hey, and welcome to TGIFF!
I'm Kate, the lovely person behind Katie Mae Quilts, and I spent most of the summer slacking off and waiting for the kids to go back to school so I could start sewing again.
Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans, right?
The second week of school, my oldest son was bit by a dog during cross country practice. It wasn't a terrible bite, but it wasn't a minor one, either. One of her teeth got in his leg pretty good, and I had to learn serious wound care. Which is way above my parenting paygrade.
And then there were numerous doctor visits, reports to Animal Control, the sheriff, Public Health, the school...
And don't even get me started on googling bone infections.
So anyway, getting back into the quilting groove took a lot longer than I had planned. In fact, I finished this quilt...at 4 pm on Thursday. BUT! It is finished! My first finish since July!
And...it's the exact same quilt as the last time I hosted TGIFF. What, were you all hoping for something new?
I made the first version of Oklahoma for my squadron commander's wife's going away present, and I wasn't completely satisfied with the outline of the state. The panhandle was too short, the bottom was too fussy, and keeping the red-blue pattern was a pain.
I wanted to try a second version to correct those things, and make it truly scrappy. And I don't have a particular state university loyalty, but I wanted the quilt to reflect one of them. I sold baby burp rags at craft fairs the first time we lived in Oklahoma, so I had a decent stash of these oranges.
It went together a lot faster without the fussiness, and I think this is a much better version of the state. So yay! I took a lot of notes along the way, and I'm hoping to turn it into a pattern very shortly.
I did almost the same quilting - instead of the orange peel for the state, I just did the upsie-downsie loops across the entire quilt. Eliminating fussiness! Plus, I just love the design.
I especially like the way it looks on the back. If you didn't know there was a grid on the front, you might be impressed with my longarm skills!
It does feel lovely to finish something after a nice summer with my kids, and the less-than-nice kickoff to the school year. Hopefully I can keep it up and get back into the habit of weekly finishes! (My t-shirt quilt customers would probably appreciate that.)
So I think all the kids across the nation are finally back in school. Does that mean it's time for the finishes to start rolling in? Or are you all now nervously checking your middle schoolers for dog gnawing potential?
Link up your finishes here! Visit a few of the other finishes! Be inspired! Get creating!