Thursday, February 23, 2006
Bars Quilt - in progress
I cut this quilt out on Friday night. And, no - I haven't spent all week chained to my sewing machine. Actually, some days I didn't anything except pin or iron. Anyway, this is as far as I've gotten with it - still have to add borders (one of them being pieced). I really want to finish this top within a week.
Sometimes people ask me how I get so much sewing done. I sew in segments. First, I cut everything out. Next, I make 1 block or piece the segments together and measure everything to make sure I don't have to adjust my seam allowance (I almost always have to adjust something - somewhere - so this step is worth the extra effort). Once I am sure it all fits together nicely, I pin all the pieces together. I pin. I know lots and lots of people don't pin, but I do. I can easily pin while waiting for dinner to be done, while sitting at the table while Little Boy colors or plays with playdough - whatever. Then, when I finally get around to putting the sewing machine on the dining room table to really sew - everything is all prepared. Then I put the sewing machine away - because chances are that we will need the table before I get to sewing again! Next - I will iron all those segments - again in a grabbed 10 minutes here or there and then it is back to the pinning routine. Depending on the quilt pattern - at some point in time everything needs to be measured again to make sure the next set of pieces are going to fit. All these little 10-15 minute segments add up. This quilt is taking a bit of extra time so I have been sewing a bit more at night after Little Boy is in bed than I usually do, but I try to get everything prepared for the sewing part at odd times during the day.
The pattern is Crossed Tracks from the book Save the Scraps by Gayle Bong. After I get the borders on I will write about what I think about the pattern - directions, techniques, etc. all that good stuff. So far, this is my husband's favorite quilt of the winter - I am liking it too. And just when I was celebrating using up the last of those dark Thimbleberries!!!