I could not think of a creative title. Its been that kind of day. I’m in desperate need of Advil, but I wanted to start a blog post. This one is going to be progressive.
Friday – I have a 7 AM working meeting, so I have to wait to get the download from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. Its time for clue number two to Celtic Solstice. This week we are making chevrons! Its a new unit for me, but will be easy to assemble. We had “craft time” this afternoon, so the kids made paper airplanes while I cut out all my fabric. Easy squares and rectangles stacked by 20s.
I could not resist starting a few through the machine. Against all advice, I am flying by the seat of my pants and not marking the diagonal lines. If the first 10 are terrible, I’ll mark the lines while watching tv with DH tonight. I’m undecided on keeping the bonus triangles. It would make a cute bonus block of some sort, but I need to focus on just this clue first.
Saturday afternoon – taking a few quiet minutes to sew when I should be cleaning. Ahh, peace. I have almost all my left sides sewn. They still need to be pressed and the corners trimmed off. I am still undecided on those corner units. If I am going to keep them I need to run these units through the machine two more times, or rotary cut them so they are a consistent size. If I am discarding them, I’ll snip with shears while watching tv tomorrow.
Here are some process photos. I am doing all my left sides in one long chain. If I orient the piece the same as the one previous, there will be no surprises at the end. White corners went on, the bring up my tail from the back of the machine and add on the yellow. My goal pace is to finish these today. Start the right sides tomorrow and have them ready for pressing by Tuesday. That will leave Wednesday and Thursday to press trim and run the center seams. Do-able?
My big tip to make it scrappy – cut the deck. Sounds funny, but let me talk it through. If I have pile A with four fabrics, and pile B with four fabrics, then when I sew, fabric 1 from both piles will always be together. It would be like this 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4. So my tip is to sew four units, then rotate the top fabric from pile B to the bottom. Sew 4 and rotate. So the next four units would be 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-1. It does not take much effort, but the quilt will have the full range of combinations
Sunday – no forward progress to show today on the mystery quilt. I do have the row attached to the grandmothers flower garden quilt and have started the next batch of flowers. I’d really like to see this one finished next year as it has been my drag around project for almost 6 years. As I put in more stitches, I have begun considering what will take its place in my purse. When I mentioned to DH that I was contemplating another flower garden, he shot me a look. You know that look.. He then declared that he has never liked this project and would prefer I don’t do another. He then encouraged me to sell it. HMMM. Where did that come from? Really??? I don’t think so. Should I even tell him I’m considering a pickle dish in 30′s reproductions? Nah.
PS I’ve started a pin board to gather design ideas on Pinterest. If anyone has a great example to share, I’d like to add it.
Monday – I’m linking up with Quiltville to show my progress. I envy those with adorable photos of finished blocks, but I’m still in the trenches. Maybe my iron will get a workout and next week will be glamourous.