The Other night I got out my Birthday Quilt top and blocks for the back. This is very exciting to be able to see the quilt come together! Let's take a look, i have a bunch of photos. If you are reading in your email NOTICE (which you can sign up for HERE).. click to my site to see all the photos.
This is the top so far. It's about 110" wide x 87" long. My buddies Cindy and Dennis told me I can make it a bit longer and that still works for them to quilt it for me
YEAH! I have still have a bunch of blocks.
This is how I work, i love to be organized.
Honestly I've not always been like this. I have NO CLUE when this happened, but here I am, Miss Tidy pile herself.
As i work on sections it's often easier to bring them over to my Babylock machines to work through how to trim and sew.
Some blocks I add sashing around, like the saying. It reads
Don't Count your life by Candles
Don't Count your life by Year
Count instead by memories and times of happy tear
These are some of the blocks for the back. The upper section was sewn last time I worked on the quilt.
Next I start putting up blocks so I can move them around.
The next arrangement after I've sewn more sections together and framed more blocks.
Like the cat in the lower left, and the onpoint block on the middle right.
This is getting to the point where I will need to do some inset seams. I'm ok with that, but there is no pattern so I'm working block by block to fit it together.
Since I can add more to the front of the quilt, this row will be sewn with strips to the bottom of the front.
Sometimes a project calls my name, and it might be doing that for years. I buy the fabric, I have the pattern, I might even get it out and look at the project over the years, but it doesn't get made.
Even when it's really easy, really fun, and I KNOW it's going to make me happy to work on it.
So the other day I pulled out the fabrics and patterns for...
This gigantic flag quilt! The fabrics are from Jane Sassaman from quite a few years ago. That gingham plaid is HUGE.. the sashing is 4" wide, border is 6". Go ahead and look at your ruler, image a PLAID with 2" squares.. yep.. BIG!
It was easy and super fun.
Since the gingham plaid is so big, Jane's directions have you iron under that big blue dot rectangle and top stitch it to the plaid before you sew the sashing..
I have enough to make a single flag too.. well actually I have more than enough but that's another story!
As sometimes happens when I make a project, it was the MAKING that I wanted to do. All my life I've been able to make something and then feel no need to own it. Which is a useful thing to have when you are in the business of making!
And sometimes I get to a stage of the project and I'm done. I got it out of my system and the part I wanted to do is complete, I'm happy. But the project is not finished.
Well that means it's YOUR lucky day! I had so much fun but decided that someone else should own this top to quilt it and enjoy it.. what to do you think? Am I crazy? Or would you love a chance to win it?
*** Tell me about your favorite 4th of July ***
Did you get married, go see amazing fireworks with your grand parents, head to the lake for the best summer ever? Eat Raspberry Sorbet with your dad?
Leave me a note below by 6pm EST July 10 and you might win this quilt top!
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