yay!!! i finally got to start gracie’s quilt today! (the finished quilt above is lily’s) this is something i find so completely satsifying for many reasons: i get to work with beautiful fabric, my daughter is stoked on what i’m doing for her, and i get to be creative (which is something i have let go of a little too much over the past couple years). so i’m trying to make gracie’s quilt very similar to lily’s, but i can’t get all the same fabrics now. i do have a ton of scraps that i’m using to piece it all together. so here’s a beginning step by step of my quilting process (and when i say quilt, don’t think fancy/ old lady. i totally break all the rules, or “cheat”, and am quite lazy in the way i actually do this):
1. figure out the size of squares and number of them i need for the front of the quilt – 7″x7″, 130 squares (aahhh – thats a lot!)
2. prewash all the fabric to shrink, then iron (boooooring)
3. begin cutting. i use a self healing mat and a rotary cutter (like a pizza slicer). it makes everything go much faster. i used to try to do this with a measuring tape and scissors, but my friend nicole (hi nicole!) taught me about the finer things in sewing!
4. keep cutting for the next few hours…..
so this is where i’m at so far. i have 97 squares and have run out of fabric, BUT i have enough scraps (smaller than 7″x7″) that i’ll piece together to make a 7″x7″ square. the next step is to lay out all the squares in a pattern i like, then start sewing. i wonder how far i’ll get tomorrow – sean has to work again, yuck!
have a good night!