I finished the last teacher-gift bag and here it is. We gave them out at my daughter’s preschool “graduation” last week and I was complimented as a “great seamstress.” It made me laugh- I’ve pictured myself as great at a lot of things, but never as a “seamstress”! Luckily, I’ve noted that the more “modern” term is “sewist.” I think I like that better, though it does sound a bit made-up.
Now I can move on to a few other projects. I recently got into the “strip club” act at my local quilt shop. It’s not what you (might) think – it’s a monthly club for making quilts from 2.5 inch strips, or “jelly rolls,” and also from other pre-cut fabrics. Getting your fabric cut for you saves a ton of time, of course, so I decided to give it a whirl.
This month they’re doing pre-cut 5 inch squares. This project spent an afternoon on my living room floor:
Call me crazy, I now have 256 squares to put together. Hm. Maybe making a queen size quilt was NOT the most brilliant idea in the world. I’ll still need to attach sashing and cornerstones once I finish the four patch square units, so this will be a VERY long project. I have promised myself I will not do the quilting part myself – I’ll just complete the patchwork top and send it off to a long arm quilter to finish it for me. There is no way my little Kenmore could fit this monster under her arm! This quilt is destined for my bed, if it’s ever finished.
I also am brewing up a quilt with a jelly roll that I keep having to add to, because of the colors I found inside it once I opened it up. It’s another strip club project, but I’ve decided to get funky with the fabric and do a different pattern than the club suggested, one with lots of cutting and rearranging. More on that soon.
And I have vowed to finish the quilting on my rainbow quilt this week, too. Perhaps I could even bind it by next week. Fingers crossed, if it’s not too swelteringly hot and the kids are happy playing and doing art without provoking each other’s wrath, a little more progress will be made!