I’ve been a little direction-less in my sewing as of late. For the first half or more of this year, I feel like I was really focused on a project or two (or three, I guess), and was working my butt off on each of them in turn. Now? I don’t know. I’m catching up from getting behind on a few bee blocks, I’m making my half-square triangles for Triangle Madness, but otherwise I’m feeling a little uninspired.
I decided to change my focus and attack my pile of blocks from three different Bees. I pulled them out of their super-organized protective coverings ziploc bags, ironed them all, and took an inventory. Out of nearly 50 total blocks, only three have had to be pulled out, either for some unfortunate construction issues, or for fabric choices that just don’t get along with the rest. Not too shabby.
I set up my mobile cutting station (aka my kids’ plastic IKEA table) in front of the TV last night and trimmed them all down to 12.25″. Some were closer to the requested 12.5″ than others (some were shockingly off), but this way they’re all neat and square and the same size. A few were a bit smaller and need to be framed out to fit in the 12.25″ mold, but they were all “second” blocks that were welcome to be different sizes.
I need to make anywhere between one and five more blocks for each group, so they’ll add up to a nice-sized quilt top when I throw in a bit of sashing. Speaking of which, I need to decide what color and how big to make the sashing. Anyone have stylistic preference for narrow vs. wide sashing on Bee quilts?
Anyways, I’m hoping to start seeing some actual quilt tops come together in the near future. Is it really “progress” to just have a bigger pile of flimsies? Maybe, maybe not. But it’s what I’m in the mood for.
Oh, and this may all get derailed tomorrow. Friday is ultrasound day, and I’m hoping to find out our new baby’s gender. Think I’ll make it all the way to lunchtime before pulling fabrics?