|from neat stacks of fabric (winning)|
|to a box full of fabric strips (losing)|
|sewing squares with three strips/square|
|trimming the squares is not much fun|
|but the trimmings are quite beautiful, too. I can't find a use for them unfortunately|
the first block of 20 little squares
|lots of seams!|
|and another one|
My head has been buzzing with creativeness and I have thought about little than my current favourite project. Dinner? Who cares as long as it is quick. I am now really glad that I blitzed the house last week....
I have been making teeny tiny quilt blocks, finishing at 3 inches square. Ok, that's maybe not teeny tiny but definitely small. I don't know why I do all my sewing in inches. I am totally metric in all other parts of life. Actually, that's not quite true. I like to express my weight in stones rather than kilograms. 10 stones sounds so much neater than 63 kg. That's not my weight by the way, not even in my slimmest dreams.
After making quilts for Sam and Annie (the latter not quite finished), I felt the urgent need to make something that is me through and through. A riot of colour and teeny tiny quilt blocks. I found inspiration on Amanda Jean's blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Amanda Jean creates quilts that I would rob a bank for if I had to. Luckily, I am handy with the sewing machine so don't have to resort to criminal activities. I have bookmarked this quilt a long time and I wanted to create something alike.
This quilt reflects my personality well I think. It is colourful, joyful, a little mad, exiting but not too much. Of course, if you asked my older children to describe my personality, it would be 'boring as hell with a pinch of lunacy' or 'predictably dull with the odd shower of rain'. But for the purpose of this blog post we'll go with my own opinion.
I have cut into my fat quarter stash. I did it without regrets (I can always collect more). I also used up most of my small box of scraps that I kept from other projects. You'll find both Sam's and Annie's quilt in mine, which is nice. You'll have to search for Sam's though, there were only very few scraps because his was probably my most economical project yet. You'll also recognise some of my tops if you look closely.
I think the end point of this stash busting will be a quilt for our bed. The bed is 160 x 200 cm so somewhere in between British bed sizes. The standard quilt size for an (American) queen sized bed is apparently around 229 x 244 cm, which should do just fine. I'll probably end up eyeballing the right size in the end. Amanda Jean worked out that for this size quilt, I will need 960 small squares.... that's quite a lot. Why are bed sizes so confusing?
There are many different weights of fabric in my box of strips and the pieces are small. Accurate accurate cutting and sewing and is important to make reasonably neat corners. As is fierce pressing. I thoroughly press all the seams to lie flat and neat before lining the squares up for assembly. I more or less consistently press the seams towards the darker fabric. I like this need to work carefully. My cutting skills have much improved but I am terribly close-fisted when it comes to rotary cutter blades, which doesn't help. For sewing, I use a 1/4 inch seam foot, it has a little guide on the side to help with accuracy. The guide can be moved for sewing in the ditch, which might come in handy at some point.
I also enjoy picking out random strips of fabric and make them in to squares. I say random but there is probably an element of planning in there somewhere. I tend to like certain combinations of colour and print. I try to not have the same strips touching, which is definitely not random. It is random enough I think.
I decided to make the small squares into larger rectangles to make the project more manageable. Having larger units makes it easier to count the little squares. I have made four rectangles of 20 squares each so far.
Already, I am thinking about the quilting. I think it is going to be a first, I'll be using the machine. There are just too many little seams, making the layers thicker and the strain on my hand unbearable. I am struggling with the hand quilting of Annie's quilt just now, the strain on my hand is considerable and I get pins and needles all the time now, even when I am not sewing. I always have that when I am hand quilting, towards the end, my hand just can't take it anymore. I have ten more triangles to do on Annie's quilt.
Enough said, I need to get some work done. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! Welcome to all a new followers, it is good to see you here. Have a nice Friday everybody xx