Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Extra

People sometimes ask why I make things, such as when I opted to make GT's Geranium dress instead of heading off to the mall to buy her one. The truth is... I'm a maker. I like making stuff. I like to proudly say "I made it myself" when people comment on one of my projects.

But there's another reason... one I alluded to in my post about GT's dress. It's corny and dorky and sappy... not really adjectives I'd use to describe myself. But here it is.

There's extra love sewn in.

When there is someone in need of healing or comfort or a miracle or whatever, I want to make it better. I want to make them something - a little something, a big something, something. I think about that person all through making the item. I send them positive thoughts as I sew.

There's extra love sewn in.

And that's why I started a new project this week instead of tackling one more item on The List. It's not my story to tell, but a friend needs something... and a quilt is what I can give beyond words of support.

I cut a big 'ole pile of 5 inch squares in Kona Pearl Pink. Pink? Yes, pink. Remember - this one's not for me, dear reader.
 And I cracked into two Moda Charm Packs I had hanging around. I know, I know.... more pink.
To achieve good scrappy distribution, I used the Shake n' Bake method. Toss those squares in a bin with a lid and shake. (Insert Taylor Swift song here.)
This Charm Pack had me fooled with that pink & orange print on top. I found quite a few prints that were more my style in the pack.
 Slicing up the nine patches... scary but satisfying.
I love how quickly this pattern (Charm Pack Cherry - a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop) comes together. Before too long, the blocks were up on the design wall ready to be sewn together.
What? A WIP Wednesday Finish? Yup. Well, at least the top's finished. Which is good since I'd love for this quilt to get to it's forever home as soon as possible - with as much love sewn in as possible.
That's honestly how high the snow bank on the side of our driveway. The quilt's not huge, but even still! We're about done with winter in these parts...


J

P.S. I'm linking up today with Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts, as well as WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced . Pop on over and see what everyone's working on this week!





Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Something that scares me...

Okay... I've said it before. Finally attaching the blocks from my 2014 Skill Builder quilt scares the scrap out of me. But I set it as my goal for ALYOF this month, and my overachiever self hates not to meet a goal that has been made public. So last Friday night, sh!t got real, yo.

I primed myself by laying out the entire quilt on my design wall. I stared it down for a few days... building up my courage.
I read the instructions (more than once) and watched the class video (more than once). Then I got down to it. Yes, that's two different kinds of glue hanging out on my ironing board. The instructions called for glue basting, so glue baste I did!
 And not too long after, this happened! My first sashing strip... and I didn't even have to rip anything out!
This is probably my favourite part of QAYG sashing... inserting that little strip of batting. I don't know why, but it brings me joy.
 
So much stitching... every ¼ inch of the sashing. We shan't discuss how many bobbins I had to wind. 
It's like finishing this quilt was all I could think about for 4 days. Obsessed. But finish it I did.
You all know I hate trimming a finished piece. I was tempted to leave the 3 inch border strips alone, but I had purposely not fully quilted them so I would be forced to trim. The lengths I go to to...
I capitalized on sleeping DT and kept on keeping on - to make my binding. I've followed the letter of the law on this quilt (figured I wasn't going to learn many new skills just doing things the way I've always done them), but I couldn't bring myself to glue baste the borders or the binding. Enough already. Pass me the Wonderclips.
Can you believe it? This bad boy is all ready to have the binding hand stitched. No, I haven't gone completely to the dark side, Dominique. I was tempted, just so I could finish this one ASAP. But a lot of time and effort has gone into this one. It's well worth the hand stitching.
Stay tuned for a Finish, dear readers! It's coming soon. And the photoshoot will likely feature snow... given that we got another 50+ cm dumped on us today!

I'm linking up today with Let's Bee Social with the lovely Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts, as well as WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced. Hope all my Nova Scotian quilty pals turned this Snow Day into a Sew Day.... and that they had their #stormfabric close at hand. ☺

J