quilting and life go together like wine and cheese
South Texas chick who drinks margaritas, makes not boring socks, quilts, leaves her christmas lights up till March (inside the house), and has an opinion on everything. Has a not-so-secret occupation and she also married into one of the coolest ranching families ever.
Since Sassy Southern Sewing, I continued working on Gravity. The grey monotone background was very fast to cut. The kit provided generous amounts of extra fabric so recutting a mistake was no problem. In fact, i cut extra triangles, diamonds and hexagons with the left overs. I plan to make pillow covers with them.
Putting the colored blocks and grey tone blocks together took me about 10 hours. Ten hours at a retreat with some of my favorite women in the world with good food and sangria. I could have done it in less time, but at retreat is so much more fun and I worked on it in two days instead of hours spread over weeks.
To pre-wash or not to pre-wash? That is totes the question today! Do you do it?? Personally, I so rarely pre-wash, especially if I’m making a quilt (shhh, don’t tell, sometimes even with a garment). Pre-washing adds in a lot of steps to a project and if I am feeling inspired to make something I want to do it NOW. I know some people always pre-wash, it’s like second nature to them. As soon as their fabric comes home it goes straight into the wash. This got me curious about how much I’m really risking in my act of defiance/laziness. How much is my fabric really going to shrink? So I took a swatch from each of the fabric manufactures we carry at the shop and gave ’em a whirl in the washer. The results were kind of shocking and not all results were the same.
#Gravityquilt has been a blast so far. I’ve been at a sewing conference, Sassy Southern Sewing, this week. At night, I sew on this quilt. This block webt together really fast. It has been a nice break from the more complicated blocks 7 and 8. Here is block 9.
The colorful blocks of #gravityquilt are done now. Block 9 was easier than block 7 and 8. Jaybird has planned this pattern really well. After this I need to do all the grey monotone background area. Boy, do Inhave a lot of strips to cut now.
I changed the order again. Look at the color values of the blue and orange. You’ll see how a simple change of the light to dark values really change the appearance of the block.
The Eclipse block of #GravityQuilt builds upon a previous block that had one Y seam. It looked hard at first, but I followed the instructions step by step and it just went together. I did reverse one color pair and decided to leave it. Of the pair, I think I like that block better. What do you think?
Volunteering at a sewing conference means I don’t get to sew, except in my room after dinner. The Jaybird Gravity Quilt pattern is plotted out very well. The skills you learn build upon the previous blocks. I am finding the instructions have been really well done. And, I am learning a lot. #GravityQuilt is not a boring kit, it’s actually fun.
Wow, it’s been a busy month. I’ve been home, gone, had cousins visit, made new friends, had family visit, closed a retail shop, dug into work on another one, and am volunteering for a friend who is putting on the Sassy Southern Sewing extravaganza. Not my normal type of sewing, but I am sure I’ll learn a lot helping at this garment oriented event.
Oh yea! And I got up on water skis! For more than two seconds. I really really skied half way around the lake! Yay!
I finally made time tonight to cut and sew together block 6. This is called Ultrviolet. It requires a partially open seam that is finished at the very last. It actually went together pretty fast. Lots of bigger pieces and only two triangles in this block. There is so much bias in these pieces! I have learned that starching, or in my case using Best Press, until the fabric is like cardboard really helps this #GravityQuilt go together more quickly, requires almost no pins, if any, and helps a ton. It feels good to sew.
I saw a quilt kit that really wowed me. I usually grab a kit that’s on sale just for the fabric bundle. This kit by Jaybird Quilts is simply beautiful. And looked really complicated. Normally I stay away stars, but I have a compulsion to do this one. Using a special set of rulers (you can make this quilt from templates), Inhave found this is way easier than it looks. Lots of best press to stiffen up and prevent bias cuts from stretching it helping too.
Here are my first four blocks for my #GravityQuilt
Scene 1 [Setting: small town library reading room. Characters: paint artist and quilter.] Artist: You should sell those! Quilter: No one would pay me what they’re worth.
Scene 2 [Setting: quilt shop. Characters: quilt shop clerk and quilter.] Clerk: For the women who make the quilts we sell, it’s really a labor of love. Quilter: If I’m going to put that much love into a quilt, I’ll give it to someone I love.
Scene 3 [Setting: quilter’s living room. Characters: professional musician and quilter.] Musician: You should sell those! Quilter: No one would pay me what they’re worth.
All three of these scenes have happened to me in the last few weeks. I relate these to you because there’s been a lot of discussion recently about the value of hand-made crafts. I’ll use quilting as my frame of reference, but the discussion surely applies just as well to…