I got all ambitious and decided to make two PL quilts out of a set of eight fat quarters that I've been hanging onto for a couple of years now. One pattern is a Carpenter's Star (four blocks) and the other is a pattern whose name I don't know but that I puzzled out how to make. I figured out how to cut the fat quarters to make the best possible use of the fabric and to use it up if at all possible. Half way through this process, one of my kids interrupted me, and I had to put the whole project aside because all the information left my brain. Sigh.
I came back to it, though, got it all cut, and sewed a BUNCH of half-square triangles (and remembered why I don't like them, since each one will need trimming and there is a boatload of them). So there is a stack that needs trimming, and I am so not in the mood to trim.
I also started the other blanket and got one fourth of it done only to find I made some mathematical error so the seams don't jive quite right. And I can't even figure out what I did wrong, so it's likely I will repeat that mistake in the other three blocks, which understandably has dimmed my enthusiasm for tackling those blocks.
So instead I have decided to organize my sewing room. This consists of sitting on the spare bed and thinking of all the places where certain things could go (but not actually moving them) and going through boxes and folders of paper to throw away all the patterns that no longer interest me so I'll have room for all the new patterns I've printed out.
I did finally move some things to make more room, but I'm afraid I will find other stuff to fill the gaps. I'm good like that.
One thing I did that was proactive was to go through my stash AGAIN and pull out more fabric that I know I will probably never use. Some of it I love, but still...someone else will love it more, and I can't stand the weight of the unfinished dreams. This has all been prompted by a donation of fabric our chapter is receiving on Tuesday. I can't turn down fabric donations, I simply can't. The potential for discovering wonderful fabric is so great, and I love it. What I don't love is having too much fabric to love. So I've started selling it on the Quilting Board. It makes me feel good to get the fabric into the hands of people who really want it. I also donate anything I can to spread the wealth and encourage quilting, especially charity quilting.
I got these this fabric in a screaming deal at Michaels Crafts. I know, who knew they sold fabric? Well, they don't, not really. They from time to time have packets of fat quarters, and these were sets of coordinating colors. They were $6.99 a pack, and I got them at 70% off on clearance. YES!
It took me awhile to determine the perfect pattern for these fabrics. I had intended to make one French Braid quilt, but my plans went askew. I was working with a square in the center and building out from both directions when I realized that I had miscalculated and was going to end up with four extremely long braids -- not helpful.
So I cut the braids in half and bordered some with white and some with black. It turned out to be a good project, because I like seeing how differently the colors pop with two contrasts.
I will confess that I miscut the strips in one shade of purple and had to go buy a whole nother set of purple fat quarters (fortunately, was able to use a Joann's coupon, because it would have killed me to pay full price). I did search my stash but found nothing suitable, so there you are. I have lots of extra purples. I think I am done with French Braids for awhile, though.
How did I come up with this name for my blog?
I will never be recruited into the Quilting Police – I am not a perfectionist when it comes to quilting. I prefer my quilts done (not that I don't have plenty that are only partly done and many many more in the dream stages). I also like to get a deal on fabric, and I like to use up my fabric efficiently. I created this blog to show the method of my madness...
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