another day, another project

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!
– lindsey


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    Kristen Borland says:

    i’m currently working on a quilt for zeb’s big boy bed, and i’ve stopped the “cutting squares” part to do some applique on some of the squares because i get sooo bored with cutting! i have tried to do the rotary cutter and matt technique, but i didn’t have any one teach me and didn’t have much success (it’s all packed in a box somewhere). but now i’m inspired to try again.

    i am also going to have to do some piecing together of fabrics to get all the squares i need. my squares are 12×12 (fewer squares that way!), though they should be 13×13 (forgot to do seam allowances when i first started cutting them out–that’s so typical of me!).

    i love hearing about your sewing projects. i love being creative, though i’m not as creative as you, and i hate measuring and being exact, so it’s so fun to hear your stories. :)

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    Jeannett Gibson says:

    You ladies kill me. I don’t know where on earth you find the time for all of these things! Maybe I’m just wasteful with my time…

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    remember you work jeannett! i’m doing this at naptime and when the girls are playing well by themselves. although lily is often on my lap while i’m attempting to get something done!

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    kristen – i’d love to see your project. i want to see how you do your appliques! i’m thinking about adding something more than just the squares to these quilts, maybe some flowers?

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    Brianna Heldt says:

    Lindsey that quilt is so great! I am so uncreative/un-crafty that it’s sad! I do have a sewing machine and in the last two years I’ve had it I’ve made a total of two baby blankets…:(

    How meaningful too for your girls, for their bedding to be something special that Mommy made.

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    very fun linds! the fabrics are so darling. i really think every person is creative (jeanette and brianna) it just looks different. maybe you are creative with planning meals, organizing your time, playing games with your kids, or planning practical jokes. i think creativity is taking something you enjoy and looking at it from a fresh perspective. continuing to grow and change the skill.

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