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Chaos. And not in a good way.
I’m making a baby quilt right now – Moda Bake Shop’s Avignon. It’s completely pink. Because I needed to be able to balance all of the pinks across the quilt top, I laid out 144 4.5″ blocks on the floor in my sewing room. Stared at them. Rearranged them. For two days. Then started sewing them. I got 4 16″ blocks put together, then had to leave the room.
My loving, darling, daughter, decided that she was going to play. On the floor. In the quilt room. Now, I’d told her the day before that she was not allowed to get any of the quilt room toys out because I needed the floor for this quilt. I was completely clear.
Did she care? Nope. I left her, working diligently on her report on Pocahontas, to take a phone call. She put the report down and got the toys out. Moved my completed blocks out of her way. Plopped down her two favorite building surfaces – a 12×18 cutting mat and a 15″ square ruler. And started building a zoo/circus.
What happens when you ‘plop’ a cutting mat down? An air puff. Many of my carefully arranged blocks got blown out of place. And when you drop the ruler? Same thing. So she put the blocks back in a grid. With no idea if they were in the same spot (and I’d spent quite a whie placing blocks) or even the same orientation.
No pictures. This is one memory I don’t need to document!
I laid everything out again, banished her – and her circus – from the room, and sewed diligently for the rest of the night. I have two more blocks left to finish, then the pieces will be safe from children and air gusts!
I do the newsletter for one of my guilds. This means that I am the first person to get to see all the latest news and goings on for the quilt guild. Well, this month the president sent out a call for 12.5″ patriotic quilt blocks to support the local Quilts of Valor (QOV) group.
The timing was great. I’d already pulled all my patriotic fabric out – I’d been collecting for years, but never really got around to making one. The meeting was late in the month – I had three full weeks between getting the call to arms – or sewing machines – and the guild meeting.
So I took on the challenge.
I pulled out my trusty AccuQuilt GO!, and the tumbler die. I started cutting fabric – and before I knew it I had cut more than 100 tumblers out of red, blue, and an off-white with stars. Laying it out on the floor and measuring it, as well as consulting the QOV website, I figured out that I had more than enough to do one quilt. 90 tumblers, laid out 9×10, with a 6″ (finished) border got me to a quilt top that measured 58×72. (72 for sure; the 58 may be off by an inch or so)
I had fabric left, lots of it. I had leftover tumblers, and just enough border fabric for another top. I mean, exactly enough fabric – I would have less than 2″ when I was done. It was meant to be. So I cut more tumblers, out of two one-yard cuts of patriotic fabric. This time I knew how many I needed – 30 each of blue, white, and red. One more top – check.
Well, the fabric for the border was gone, but I still had fabric left. Lots of it, in red, white, blue, and prints. 90 tumblers later, with a different border fabric –
Now, I still had scraps, and 48 hours until the meeting. What’s a quilter to do? Make blocks, which was the original request, anyways. I ran out of time before I ran out of fabric! The tumbler blocks are made from AccuQuilt’s small tumbler, which is 3.5″ tall. 24 of them, once trimmed, will make a 12″ finished block. The other blocks are made of 1.5″x4.5″ (cut) strips from the leftovers. For the record, those, too, were cut with my trusty Accuquilt GO!
Next up? Avignon, from the Moda Bake Shop, for my sister’s new baby. I have the fabric picked, washed, and ironed. I have the AccuQuilt dies to cut it, as well, so it should go together pretty easy.