The fun thing (or one of the fun things) about teaching is you can check the store’s scrap basket every week. So I’ve had a few weeks of scraps building up, as well as yardage for binding several quilts, and leftovers from ahem, several projects going back a few months. So I did a sort and tidy this afternoon and feel better for it.
I know the online world is all “pictures or it didn’t happen” but I just didn’t take any. Picture a random but sort of tidy pile of scraps. Got it? Yes! That’s exactly what it looked like!
It was very gratifying to finally nail down what I keep/sort and how I sort it:
- selvedges (not that I’ve ever used them but it’s JUST IN CASE)
- strings/strips (ditto, but I have plans)
- tiny scraps, less than 2.5″ square which I will probably stop saving and will send to someone if you are interested
- 2.5″ squares (LOVE these so much!)
- small-ish scraps (generally around 5″ square or smaller but bigger than everything mentioned up to now)
- FQ or less than FQ but bigger than the small-ish scraps
- bigger than FQ is “yardage”
Tomorrow I get to go to a quilt show (yay!) but I have to take my kids (boo¡). They are great but they do not love quilt shows. I have my bribes ready:
One piece at the end of every row. Two if they behaved nicely. I have no shame.
For baby Caelyn Amelia, daughter of husband’s ex-co-worker, and now just friend.
B suggested adding something in the centre here. The orange thread is the same colour as the binding.
Title: Sawtooth Baby Star
Lifetime quilt no.: 64
Started: March 19 fabric bought
Finished: March 29 finished
Number of pieces: 36
Quilting: straight line walking foot
Inspiration: Bryan House Quilts (colours), SOTAK handmade (colours, pattern), and Diary of a Quilter (actual pattern).
Previous posts about this quilt are here.
Will be linking up all over the place, because, TA-DONE!!!
Needle and Thread Network, My Quilt Infatuation, Sew Fresh Quilts, and Crazy Mom Quilts.
If you have a cardinal rule about something, you shouldn’t break that rule. No matter what.
My rule is no cutting fabric after dinner as I will make mistakes.
I carefully layered my fabric and cut two identical border lengths. Sigh.
Tomorrow (before dinner) I will cut some cornerstones.
Consensus among commenters and my kids is this quilt needs BORDERS.
I thought a nice chunky border (on the right, above) would be awesome but now I’m leaning towards the narrower border (left, above). It’s a small quilt. Scale and proportion are important. And this will save me a trip to the fabric store. Is that a good thing though?
This pale grey on white is actually a 108″ wideback which feels very odd cutting small pieces out of.
And if you noticed a weird password encrypted post earlier today, don’t fret. All is well. The learning curve is steep sometimes.