We must have 6-8″ of new fluffy snow and there’s more on the way according to our weatherman. I need taller barn boots for this kind of weather! Ha! Everybody in the barn is fine – in fact the temperature is 27 degrees — above zero!
I spent the morning cleaning my room upstairs, doing chores, laundry, you know – all those things that get in the way of SEWING! I sat down at the table to watch the snow and picked up these two books to look at closely.
Oh, what fun to decide which quilt to make – it’s got to be small. I am never going to make another bed quilt in my lifetime! It’s always interesting to see how other designers cut and piece but I always want to do it MY way. Both of these books explain cutting that allows for trimming. I don’t want to trim. I want to sew it the right size to begin with. So do I redraft the small quilt or do it their way?
So many of the hints in the shaded boxes are things that Connie and I do without thinking of it being a helpful hint that others might not know. We wash and dry all our quilts to make them soft and “puckery”. I would never give an unwashed quilt as a gift. First of all I want to know it will stand up to machine washing and drying and yes, I wash quilts in Tide because I know the recipient will also wash with detergent. (I know we’ve had this discussion before and many of you don’t agree with me so let’s just agree to disagree.)
I like Sheryl’s use of single fold binding for small quilts. My fingers don’t grip a needle very good anymore but I’d insist on finishing the binding by hand. I love her hand quilting but that’s not gonna happen in my life either. And you all know how I feel about lots of curlyques in the machine quilting.
I’ve decided to cut out a smaller version of Calico Cake Stands. The original quilt is 20 blocks and I only want to make 12.
Here’s some fabric choices already laid out, my favorite thing to do!
In Step Back In Time I would choose Wooden Ships or Mary’s Quilt. Here are several more stacks of fabric to choose from.
Laying out the possible fabric assortments is also something Reed enjoys. What can I say? Monkey see, monkey do, possibly? Haha! I love it. I miss Reed – our weather has interfered with our sewing lately. We just have to catch up!
I finished the Netflix series called “You” – another one that I got so involved in, I stayed up late watching! It was very good! I’m going to start something new tonite.
Connie is in Chicago with the grandkids and was planning on coming home today but we all urged her to wait till tomorrow. Stay safe, Everyone!