This blog is coming to you as I listen to my lecture for this week (Seminar in Criminology is going to be the death of me). If I ever take the time to mention that I want to go back to school and get an additional degree – please stop me. It slipped my mind how much work and accountability goes into an online course. I am putting you all in charge of telling me that it would be a crazy idea. Slowly I’m making my way through each of these classes with the thought that May 2014 needs to get here faster.
Regardless of all the assignments I have due this week, yesterday was perfect. Indigo LaRue and I reconnected in the best way, over two quilt tops. It took me all day, because if you are a quilter you know all the piecing and pressing that goes into work with most projects.
So here they are!
The amount of work (blood, sweat, and tears) that has gone into this one has finally paid off. I HAVE A QUILT TOP. It’s mini quilt, because I wanted to test out my patience for cutting smaller pieces and putting them back together. Disclaimer: My hatred for cutting fabric is real (and still exists). It’s my least favorite part of this sewing hobby, but I have a clear understanding that its an essential component to success. I nailed it. Yours truly cut up all those little squares and triangles all by her lonesome – then proceeded to piece them all back together into 25 squares. Does this mean I’m ready to challenge myself to a large quilt with more tiny pieces like this? Ummm, negative. I have confirmation that I can do it though. To finish this quilt off, backing (think glitter) and batting have already been purchased. The man doesn’t know that he will be assisting with some basting later this evening, so I can start quilting this one together. Wish me luck with the quilting…..I still haven’t decided where I am going with that part. Stitch in the ditch may kill me.
As for the second quilt top, it’s not entirely finished. As I was working on it, I knew it would going to be really long and narrow. After finishing it and picking a backing, I went to my quilting muse and crafty friend, Lizzie (Gidget), for advice. My initial thought was to add a border and Lizzie did not steer me away she was extremely helpful. I think I am going to find a red hue to add around the entire top as a border. Here are a few that I’m venturing towards completing the whole top with:
Once I get that picked out, I can start working on getting this one finished and basted together (if you have a preference, please let me know in the comments).
A dent was made in my 2013 quilting projects. For the next three, I’m using similar fabric for the boys – they seemed to all be up for a music theme quilt. I’ll more than likely talk fabrics in the next post. It’s not easy catering to a boy personality in quilting, so help will be appreciated.
I have to get back to homework now – so let me know what you think. Also, if you have any wine suggestions, please feel free to share those with me. After this weekend, I’m going to treat myself to a bottle or two if I can survive this week.