Five blog posts. Plus this one. I don’t even know how to do this anymore.
Three quilts started, finished, and gifted.
Four quilt tops awaiting quilting.
Three quilts currently in progress.
Books read: 80! my highest number since 2012.
Masks made: 40? 50?
Mask patterns used: four
Other quilting highlights: I became sole owner of my longarm, and have it in my garage. I started working for a fabulous online fabric store, Troll Brothers Quilt Designs, both in person and writing her newsletters.
Personal highlights: My kids have been home since March 14th and I’ve been on leave from my job since early April. I have been fortunate enough to qualify for the government benefit programs. I say fortunate because the aid pays more than my actual job, so I’m coming out ahead. Also this is the first time EVER that I’ve been a stay at home parent and not depressed. Turns out I actually like my family!
A lot of my improv work has stalled this year as I have found comfort in precise piecing, and repetitive blocks. Quilts are quilts regardless of style and if it keeps someone warm, that’s what counts.
Here’s to you, and me, and more quilts in 2021. Happy New Year!
Last week I took it upon myself to resort my fabrics.
Doing so was prompted by my mask making in April. After making some two dozen I realized I had in fact used up some of my fabric. The the pattern I used called for a long strip and a 9″ square, and it was sometimes hard to find a piece of fabric big enough to accommodate both.
When all that was done I sorted what was left. I can’t really claim that a single 6″ square is yardage now can I? Nor a long FQ that’s been cut full of holes from fussy cutting. Yet I had been.
From nine shoeboxes I’m down to seven and a bit. I also culled a bunch of random bits for a guild garage sale someday far in the future.
I’ve been at home since April 7th and my husband quickly insisted on moving my sewing machine table to the garage. To keep the longarm company? Because my machine is old and loud? Whatever. I now have a wee space of my own.
This just because quilt happened kind of all of a sudden. In January I saw this quilt from Jolene at Blue Elephant Stitches.
I liked it and saved the picture. Then I was fiddling around with my 2.5″ squares and was encouraged to just DOOO something with them. I remembered this picture and next thing I knew I was calculating how much background I’d need!
I did use the tutorial from Bonnie Hunter but scaled it up to use 2.5″ squares (the original uses 2″ squares) and redid all the math to calculate yardage and the finished size. Jolene, who made the quilt above, called hers a Carolina Chain but she only used half the blocks. It’s one of those traditional quilts that needs an A and a B block for the pattern to work. Her version looks a lot like an Irish Chain.
But back to me. I made the blocks in a week. Took another week to add the setting triangles and sew the rows together. On point quilts no longer scare me – my skills have developed since my first one eight years ago.
Here’s the one picture I took of the entire process.
I used a long stashed blue on black star wars print and it was the perfect amount for the setting triangles and the binding. The only fabric I bought for this was 4m for backing. Not bad for an 80″ square quilt!
Title: Carolina Chain for Nova Scotia
Lifetime quilt no.: 88
Started: January 21, 2020
Finished: May 4, 2020
Number of pieces: 1,296
Quilting: curvy pantograph, kinda random choice but it worked