I find it so hard to resist a good quilt-along. I like the instructions-as-you-go, I like the communal feel of the whole thing. All the better if it finds me a good use for a charm pack. Enter, Gen X Quilters:
It’s not like I don’t already have enough projects on my plate, but that has hardly ever stopped me before. I am particularly excited that I think I’m going to be able to pull this entire project directly from my stash. Here’s where I’m starting:
The instructions call for a charm pack (or two, if you want a larger quilt), as well as sashing, border, and a flange (something new for me!). I’m going with that medium gray for the sashing, salmon for the border, and what I believe is Kona Sage for the flange. Some of the blocks will require coordinating scraps, which I’ll just pull from my scrap bins as needed.
I initially thought I’d go straight for the lap-sized quilt. But seeing today’s cutting instructions and getting a better sense of how this is going to come together, as well as having some grasp on exactly how many hours there are in a day, I’m going to dial it back and stay smaller. But because I have a weird thing about preferring my quilts to be rectangular instead of square, I’m going to add one more row of blocks to make it 6×7, and use all 42 charms in the pack. I may use the second charm pack on the back, or I may just save it for another purpose. We’ll see.
I’m giving myself one additional challenge for this quilt. Do you ever have non-quilters ask you how long it takes to make a quilt? I certainly do, and it’s not that they want to know it took me a few weeks (or months) to complete the thing. They are trying to get a sense of how many actual hours of work it takes. So I’m going to try to keep track. See how long it *really* takes me to do the cutting, the piecing, the whole nine yards. I think I might be a little horrified by the answer, but at least now people will understand why I laugh when they suggest making and selling quilts as an actual living. I somehow don’t think that a fair hourly wage and a reasonable cost for the quilt will quite match up.
What about you? Anyone else joining this quilt-along?