we cut our beautiful fabrics
into 2.5" strips. I am still in love with the colors. I only got six strips out of all but one of the 1/2 yard cuts. It looks like I have the choice to either go with it and have a smaller quilt, or cut some of the extra I got to make up for the missing pieces. I think I'll cut more. That's why I got extra!
I can't wait to see them in blocks, which we are doing this week
; I'm a little nervous, but definitely excited. I think I'll save some to do at our Sewcial
Quilt-along fabrics, plus one not pictured that came separately. Now I just need some pins and thread!
I am bursting with excitement because I am going to do my first quilt-along! Now, you may say, "Jennifer, don't you have enough sewing projects you're working on? Don't you have a quilt top that you haven't quilted yet? Aren't you pretty busy doing a Ph.D. proposal?" Yes, yes, and yes. But goodness knows that I (and from reading blogs, most sewers/quilters) enjoy doing as many projects at once as possible. My use of the word "enjoy" might be a stretch, but regardless, we can't help ourselves. I certainly can't. At least we're never bored.
So, quilt-along, here I come! Old Red Barn Co.
's sew-along is going to last six weeks (see the schedule of events here
), and since my two-year wedding anniversary is seven weeks and one day away (I just counted), my wonderful husband is buying my fabric for me as my anniversary gift! This is the first time I will have bought more than a fat quarter's worth of designer fabric, so I am really excited. And I almost forgot - part of the sew-along is the giveaway of a Janome sewing machine, along with weekly giveaways. Can't beat that!Week One
is the gathering of supplies. It took me a really long time to decide what fabrics to buy, but when I saw this stack of fabrics
, I fell in love. I bought my 12 half-yards and a yard for binding of Sandi Henderson's Ginger Blossom last night from QuiltHome.com
, and it's already been shipped. (Ok, so maybe I actually bought 16 half-yards and a yard for binding. I figure I'll just put together what looks best and if I want a bit on the back, I'll have extra.) I'll post a picture once they come in. If you have the time for a little bit of quilting over the next six weeks, think about joining. It's going to be fun!
Sorry about the dark picture, but I finally finished my quilt top! It only took 10 minutes, so I don't know why I procrastinated for so long. First impression: what was I thinking? It's huge!!! Oh well. It's a little late now for choosing a smaller size. I have the batting, backing, and binding materials, so I'm all ready to make my quilt sandwich and start quilting.
I also sewed my first fabric basket for storing scraps. I followed this tutorial
, and it definitely ended up smaller than I expected. I guess the whole "2x2 inch squares" should have tipped me off. Oh well; my tiny scraps fit just fine.
I used a fun fabric for the lining that apparently used to be a shower curtain.
Now my basket sits on one of my new shelves. One down, a bunch more to go!
I'm getting closer! I have all 15 of the large blocks done, and I sewed together six of them last night. I'm still not convinced that I will like it, but I'm hoping it's like when you get your hair cut and you look at it while it's in progress, and it doesn't look at all like it will when it's done. Hopefully I'll have time this weekend to finish the top. And yes, that is Chase in my picture. He follows me everywhere. :)
I decided it would be fun to try to make a quilt. I have a bunch of random scraps of upholstery fabric that I got for free on Craigslist that I have nothing to do with, so even though it is not the most attractive fabric, it works good to be a trial run and a good learning experience. :) Brian liked the yellows and blues that I had, so I cut out a bunch of squares to do a simple quilt pattern. I am basing it off of a quilt on Film in the Fridge
that I loved, and works well because I don't have a lot of scraps to work with.
This is how my first block went - not bad! Again, it's not the most attractive fabric choices, but it will do. Most of my squares aren't exactly square, but I was cutting with scissors, so I knew that would happen. I guess I'm finding out how forgiving quilting is. And here's lesson number one: don't cut a million squares out with a pair of scissors all in a row. My right hand is very unhappy with me. :( I know a need a rotary cutter; hopefully I'll be able to find one on a really good sale.
Last night during Lost I finished the blue blocks. Now I'm on to the yellow squares that will go around white blocks. Hopefully I'll get some time in the next few days to work on it again!