After my last post, I was smug about cleaning up and taking stock of my inventory of 2.5″ squares. And guys! The gods, the universe, karma, and some of my guild members read that and LAUGHED.
I’ve just stepped down after 3.5 years of being guild president (and co-founder) of my fabulous MQG Victoria. As a token of their appreciation my guild went through their stashes and cut some squares to give me.
Four hours later…
So of course I had to introduce the new squares to the old squares…
There is so much blue, green, multi-coloured, and low-volume they have two piles each.
Because this is how I roll, I counted three sets of 100 squares, weighed them all, and took the average. Estimating by weight I have around 8,000 squares now. How much space does that much fabric take up? Less than three shoeboxes luckily. And to convert to yardage gets you 29 metres of fabric (WOF=17 squares, 1m=272 squares). To convert to a quilt…a large queen has 2,500 pieces.
Now to get sewing! And since I’m not running a quilt guild anymore I have a bit more time to do just that.
I should properly title this “weekly update” since daily sewing and record thereof has fallen by the wayside.
Guild meeting last night…we had a garage sale. I scrounged up a few things to put in the sale and they all sold, hooray! So I made 10$. And spent 9$. I found roughly two charm packs worth of 2.5″ squares, a new spool of Aurifil thread in a dreadful marsala colour which might work on a quilt I need to quilt or will be good for longarm practice, and two fabric marking pens.
I also pulled out two recently finished quilts to show at show and share. This one and this one. After I got them from their hanging up spot in the hall cupboard there was a gap. And in that gap was a pair of men’s khaki summer weight jeans. With two pins marking where the new hem should be. And of course my husband saw the pants and said “I thought I had another pair but I couldn’t find them.” Turns out he bought them last summer. And has never worn them. Oops? My bad? Mea culpa. That got done today.
And longarm update! It’s my week to use it and I thought it time to try out a real quilt. I loaded up a not-so-precious quilt (my friend Sarah [she used to blog but not so much any more] just told me about her way of thinking about quilts: the favourite/special/precious ones and the less-precious ones and the ones in between.)
I went for really big loopy loops. It was either that or do a complete custom job. And I don’t think this quilt deserves any more of my time, so loops it was. Plus quilting a twin quilt in <one hour!? WIN!!!! Red was what I had on the machine for practicing and I just kind of liked it.
Modest achievements today…figured out some technical details for the binding, and prepped all the paperwork for our guild display at the show this weekend. Things like a sign for every quilt, email signup sheets, blah blah boring blah. I did get an epic amount of stuff done so that feels good. And had an overdue haircut. Yay!
And the crazy busy continues! Did not finish my hexie mini in time because I had to cover for a friend. She’s this year’s block lotto co-ordinator for our guild but she hurt her knee and ankle and had no block prepped for the meeting tonight. So I chose a random quilt block from my brain, but couldn’t find a tutorial. Blergh – more work. Made three blocks, taking photos as I went. Whipped up a tutorial. Done.