I had yesterday off from work. My industry gives Good Friday off for some reason. I am not complaining but after thirteen years, it still amuses me.
My in-laws are visiting this weekend so they took the kids for a sleepover at the hotel. That meant a no kid, no work day. Between Thursday night and Friday, I knocked out a lot of things.
First I made progress on my son’s Starburst quilt. I love how this is coming together and how some of the prints get amazing motion from simple cuts. I mean just look at what the chevron looks like now.
I love this atomic star print, so much so I am doing two blocks of this and the chevrons. Actually yesterday my plan for the quilt solidified which is great.
I think my most favorite thing about this pattern is how quick it goes together. You sew the right sides of two 7 1/8in squares together. At first, it seems odd to sew all four sides together but when you then cut the block in quarters it all makes sense.
I can’t wait to finish this quilt but needed to work on a few other things first. Next Saturday, I am taking a free motion quilting class with Natalia Bonner. Our homework for the class was to make 18 20in x 20in quilt sandwiches. Thankfully, JoAnn had batting, baste spray and solid cotton on sale. I opted for bright spring colors and mixed the combos. Maybe when this is all done, I will sew the quilted sandwiches together into a crazy picnic blanket. We also needed a applique flower which was a quick project.
I also made my daughter an Easter Dress using the Sally pattern. I love the simplicity of this pattern and my daughter loves the absence of buttons and zippers. She is very peculiar about those. I consider this pattern a nap pattern – from start to end it is quick. My one struggle continues to be gathers. I can pleat no problem, but gathers always get me. This was no exception so I covered the goofs by adding a belt sewn so we can tie it in the back. This also helps bring in the bodice which was a tad too wide.
I have to admit here that I am just not much into clothes sewing. I can do it and with a very girly daughter, I do but I probably mutter more grownup words during clothes making than quilting. I often send fabric to my mom and get her to make the twirl skirts my daughter loves and shorts my son requests. If she lived closer, I would probably pass clothes making off to mom entirely.
To accomplish all these projects, I did make a few trips to JoAnn. There is one two miles from my house. We won’t talk about all the others also within driving distance. I also have a couple LQS but don’t visit them quite as often. So far, they just don’t meet my needs. Anyway, during this trip, I found a print I had been moderately in love with in the red tag bin. I have no clue what I will make, but I decided I had to cave and get it. My husband gave me the “permission” (remember I am on a no buying except for specific projects pledge). I am open to ideas for what I could do.
Today I know I will find some time to sew. I have two wall hangings I need to finish quilting and as always, I am making progress of “Summer Vacation”. But first I need to go shop for Easter dinner fixings.
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Happy sewing Saturday!