1/13/12

Oregon in January DQ Complete

The past two days were spent quilting and binding my January Doll Quilt Swap.  I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out.

I'm hoping to get this into the mail to my doll quilt swap partner today.  It all depends on how energetic I'm feeling.

I used straight line quilting in the mountains (obviously).  There is a sort of elongated meander in the snow at the bottom.  I wish it showed up a little better in this image.  You'll have to take my word for it that it's a pretty effective pattern for giving the impression of little snow drifts.  (Or don't take my word for it.  I have been known to fib on occasion.  But, honestly, would I lie to you?  And how often do you see "honestly" and "lie" used in the same sentence?  Imponderable, I know.)  Then in the sky, I used a swirling pattern to give the impression of swirling snow.


My sewing machine wanted to give me a little trouble on some of these areas.  I'd be sewing along to beat the band, and then for no apparent reason, my top thread would stop picking up the bottom thread.  Then the top thread would hook around my open darning foot, and I'd have a mess.  At first I thought it might be because I was sewing over seams or seam allowances, but that didn't seem to explain the problem all the time.  Then I thought it might have something to do with the direction in which I was sewing.  That seemed to explain it some of the time.  Or it might have had something to do with the speed at which I was sewing.  I never really did figure it out.  It might have been a combination of the three.  In any case, I was getting frustrated with it at times, but I managed to get it done.

I used a motif from Leah Day's website called Pine Needles in the borders.   I was a little worried how this was going to work out, but it seems okay to me.  It sort of blends in with the snow-covered trees in the fabric.


Okay, now because I wrote "to beat the band" up there, I had to look up the origin of the phrase.  Here's what it says on The Phrase Finder:
[Beat the band.]  Banagher, an Irish town on the Shannon, was in the mid-19th century a notorious 'pocket borough' where most residents were employed by the local lord and voted as he directed (were 'in his pocket'). It became a standing joke in Parliament at the time to quip, 'Well, that beats (or bangs) Banagher!' whenever someone mentioned a pocket borough where every resident was employed by the local lord. Either via this route, or because of an Irish ministrel (sic) named Bannagher who told amazing stories, the saying 'that beats Banagher,' for 'anything amazing or superior,' became an English favorite. It's reasonable to suggest . . . that the later phrase 'that beats the band,' derived from it. The alliterative expressions do sound alike and 'bang' (from both the alternate version of the English phrase and Banagher) would suggest 'band' - that beats something louder, bigger, better than a great brass band. Attempts to connect 'that beats the band' with several real bands have all failed." From the "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997)
Capiche?   Just leave it to me to supply you with a daily dose of useless information.  I know it's important to you.

9 comments from clever and witty friends:

Kelli said...

I enjoyed your bit of trivia! :o) Your quilting looks great on your doll quilt. Very nice!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Beautiful job of quilting on your darling little quilt. Sometimes I have trouble with the bobbin thread not being picked up by the top thread if my needle has become dull. Once I put a new needle in the problem usually disappears.
Thanks for the info on the saying. Nice to know where a saying comes from when it's one you use.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love bits of trivia! The doll quilt is delightful. Like Linda suggested, change the needle and see if that works.

iluvmybugs said...

Beautiful little quilt...love the quilting and your choice of fabrics and colors!! Enjoyed the trivia as well. TFS

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your little quilt!! So pretty.

What Comes Next? said...

wonderful little quilt - your partner will love it!

Kathy said...

Cute quilt! And I always love your little daily doses of useless information -- so fun. That's (and all your quilt projects) is one of the reasons that I visit your blog so much. Your swap partner is going to love this quilt! Congrats on another finish.

Robin said...

What a great quilt! I love the happy mountain scene, and the quilting is fabulous! You really found some wonderful ways to set off the beautiful piecing and design. Congrats on an awesome finish!

Habibti at Home said...

Great quilt!