Occasionally, in between all of the wool stuff, I sew things!
This is one of those times. I don’t really consider myself a quilter or a sewist, although I am a person who quilts and sews – the skills don’t come as naturally to me as knitting and spinning. I really do to be in the right sort of mood to take on a patchwork project, and the stuff I enjoy most about sewing is all the handwork stuff.
But I had some fabric I wanted to work into a project – when I celebrated my birthday this year, a stack of Fox Fields fat quarters found its way into my house.
(I may not have discussed this before, but I have a weird sort of love for Tula Pink’s work. Every time I go into a fabric shop and get smitten with a print I’ve never seen before, it turns out to be one of hers.)
They sat on my craft table for a long while, as I tried to figure out what to do with them. It seemed like a lot of potential, and I felt like I needed to pick the ~right pattern~ to do them justice. I toyed with doing something fussy and complicated, but after finishing my maple leaf pillowcase, changed tacks entirely.
The background fabric also turned out to be Tula Pink, from a different collection – I swear this wasn’t on purpose, but it coordinates so well, and I really do prefer using neutral prints to solids as background.
I cut everything out all in one go – I really, really dislike cutting fabric, so once I’m in the mood (and get my tables cleared off so I can cut) I need to get things finished, or my projects stall.
The sewing I did in stages. I don’t have a table or an ironing board that is the right height for pressing, and my cutting table is too short, so if I commit to a marathon patchwork session I end up with a sore back from all the pressing and trimming. I did groups of three to five blocks at once, and tried to ‘save up’ the pressing and trimming stages to do them as efficiently as possible. I even brought a few to the kitchen counter to trim there, as that height is perfect for cutting without being hunched over.
I finished the top over the weekend – it took me a good five days to assemble, even after all the blocks were finished. It’s a big one – 72″ square. Which, it turns out, is too big to photograph on my balcony, even with an assistant. I couldn’t find a spot far enough away to get the whole quilt in one shot!
My plan is to baste it this weekend. We’re going on holiday next week, and I’m hoping I’ll have some time to get in the first bits of hand quilting while we’re away.
I also have a lot – a lot – of fabric left over. I’m going to have to figure out a way to use it all!