chain piecingLast week I sat down and really worked on the Hello Kitty Quilt.  As my mom reminds me every few days, March is coming very soon (the baby shower is March 7th and I need to send it to arrive by then).  I ironed all the fabric, figured out how much I really needed to cut out (since I’m scaling the quilt down from 36 to 25 blocks) and with a big deep breath* cut out all my fabric, and sewed each block together. I had fun with the chain piecing.

And then the weekend hit and I stopped. Today, after another reminder from mom about the upcoming deadline, I started trying to square up my quilt blocks.  I had a vague description from mom on how to do this, I went out and bought a square ruler, but then it turns out the new-to-me quilting book I bought doesn’t explain how to do this (argh).  I found some description online that sounded like I needed to cut out 25 squares of freezer paper.  Instead I decided to forge ahead.  I sewed the blocks into 5 strips.  I was careful about lining things up, checking things with a ruler, at one point I started marking the seamline on the back of my fabric.  But now that I have each strip ironed and laid out on top each other I know that my last 3 hours or so of work (with internet breaks, but still) plus some quality time with the seam ripper will result in this picture I took 5 days ago.

blocks pieced

*The thing I love about yarn is that even when I screw up the pattern I can rip it out and still have my raw material ready to try again.  With this quilt I was using fabric that I bought 5 years ago in another state and had very little extra of one key fabric – if that fabric didn’t have enough to go around my whole quilt premise would need to be rethought and two new fabrics purchased.

February 16, 2009. Tags: . quilting. Leave a comment.

Quilting plans

When my mom gave me a sewing machine I think she secretly wanted to get me hooked on quilting too (she included a stack of quilting cottons and a quilt pattern in the sewing machine box).  That didn’t happen at all last year, but now I have three quilts planned out in my head.

Hello Kitty Quilt Fabrics
The first quilt is for my cousin, and since no one in my family currently knows about the blog I can still talk about it.  I already have the fabrics for the top and the pattern.  I just need to get my  butt in gear and cut it out and sew it up.  My mom just put me to shame by putting together 80 scrappy boxy star squares and then assembling the quilt top in just 2 days.  I bought the remainder of my fabric on January 9th and it has been percolating since.

The second quilt is going to be either a nine-patch possibly with sashing inspired by this (oh where did I find that link though?) or a whirlygiggle quilt (blatantly copying Crazy Mom Quilts).  I plan on using this fat-quarter pack that I impulsively purchased on JoAnn’s when I went in to take advantage of a book sale.  Since then I bought a second pack but am slowly falling out of like with the fabric.  At first it struck me as a wonderful grey and pink combination, but now all the grey and black is calling attention to itself.  Hopefully I will find the right solid pink to compliment the fabrics.
Tempting Fat Quarters

The third quilt is an idea I’ve been toying around with in my head since December, but I’m not really ready to share it.  If it is actually an original idea I’d hate to see someone else complete it first.  If it isn’t I’m not ready to see other variations anyway.

Now I just need to grab that machine quilting book that is waiting for me at the library before my hold expires.

February 3, 2009. Tags: . quilting, Thoughts. Leave a comment.