Polaroid prepping

I will be having a busy July which is also my scheduled month to use my longarm. (I share it with another quilter for the folks who are new here). I’m setting the bar low and will only try to quilt one quilt.

When that’s added to my pile of quilted-but-not-yet-trimmed-and-bound quilts, it will be number four, which is plenty of quilts STILL not done.

In anticipation of quilting the polaroid quilt I did some prep work.

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A victory lap.

I don’t often use yardage for backings but when I do, WOW is that fast! Even when you spend time futzing around to match the pattern.

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Here, let me help you a little:

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So it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close.

Now to decide how to quilt it. Good thing I still have a couple of weeks!

Polaroid is now a QUILT TOP!!

One year and two days later, the top is finished.

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It measures 54″x70″ and has 221 blocks. 

For the past week or so I’ve been working hard to finish this off.

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1″ wide x 1000″ long

I made sashing strips, which I preferred instead of adding the top border to each block and then having to deal with seam allowances.

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Rows going together…

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This is my backing fabric but I’m still undecided how to quilt this. I have too many ideas and not enough confidence.

Other than that, YAYAYAYYAYAYAYYAYAY! This quilt has been exciting the whole way through.

I’m linking up with The Needle and Thread NetworkSew Fresh QuiltsMy Quilt Infatuation, and of course, Crazy Mom Quilts!

Sunday Stash snapshot…

For the polaroid quilt, since it’s getting close to needing a backing, yay!

A few weeks ago I checked out my local indie fabric store for backings but found nothing particularly awesome [for this quilt. Lots of other awesome things though.] Checked out Fabricland. Narrowed the choices down to a short list of four. Went back to buy this one:

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I thought this one was perfect as it has squares and rainbow colours. But was disappointed with the quality of the greige. Bummer.

I didn’t want to make a third trip to buy anything so I chose this instead:

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It has rainbows, so it works for the rainbow of polaroids. I had to choose a light colour fabric for the backing as I have light grey thread to use. (I like to match my thread to my quilt.)

And it has the cutest selvedge of eyeglasses. I’ve worn glasses for thirty-one years and I approve. I googled the selvedge and found it’s from a line called “Geekery” which included graph paper fabrics!

 

Polaroids revisited

Nothing beats piecing for straight up relaxing sewing (I think). I do love all the parts of making a quilt but piecing is pretty awesome. I blew seven weeks of dust off the box of polaroid blocks and started joining them together.

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This ⬆︎ quickly turned into this ⬇︎

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A quick layout to gaze upon the awesomeness.

Now to press the rows, cut and attach sashing strips. And backing! Must think about that soon too.