Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WIPs - Inching Along

It doesn't feel terribly sexy to use the bulk of my Field's gift card to buy quilt batting, but that's just what I did.  I've got 3 quilts at varying degrees of done-ness and the reason they have been left undone (largely) is because I was out of batting pieces large enough to accommodate them.

When I went in for my extra battings, I had a nice conversation with the employee who initially helped me with my choice of sashing for my Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee quilt top.  I have no quilting calculator and didn't feel like crunching the numbers, so she graciously helped me figure out how much extra Kona I needed to beef up the sides a bit (I'm not looking forward to the actual quilting of this thing due to its size, but I would like to make this into a picnic/beach quilt so it needed to be a bit bigger than it already was).

Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee Quilt Top

I also got a lot of oohs and aahs from the other ladies who were working . . . I would have blushed a bit if I had more to do with it.  As it was I was happy to brag on the awesome ladies who made the bulk of the blocks.  :)

So, some Warm and Natural, some Warm and White, a cut of some shade of Kona blue that I'll figure out when I compare it to my color card, and some variegated purple thread later I walked out armed and ready to tackle my WIPs.  (That's Works In Progress for the less make-something-partway-and-then-sit-on-it-for-half-a-year people.)

The Warm and White is for this beauty:
Glow Happy Quilt Top

The actual quilting step is definitely NOT my favorite part of quilting (probably because I don't have a long arm, or any faint clue what I'm doing), but in order to make these endeavors worthwhile they need to be finished already!  I've got other goodies on the horizon that I would like to make before Peanut Pants makes an appearance in a few months, and I need to clear some of these things OUT of the sewing room first.  NO EXCUSES!

I've got a sewing date with my friend this Saturday so I'm hoping to make loads of progress this weekend to that end.  Until then . . .


Deb Robertson Writes January 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM  

I love your vintage sheet quilt, it's lovely!!

Kathy January 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM  

Both of those quilts are beautiful -- and I totally agree, my LEAST favorite part of quilting is the actual "quilting" for the very same reasons you gave... and the larger the quilt the more challenging!!! Good luck, they will certainly be worth it!

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