Can you believe that I haven't finished this quilt yet? It's sort of been one of those things I work on occasionally and in between things. Something that takes a little too much thought and patience, so has only been worked on when I'm in the best of moods. At any rate, I've finally sewn together the top of the quilt! Click here to read its sordid history.
When I put together a quilt, I consistently forget where strips or squares are supposed to be placed after arranging them and then picking them up to sew, thus ending up having to spend ample time thinking and rethinking placement. This time I thought ahead and pinned labels to each strip so that I wouldn't lose track of what was supposed to be going where. I know: genius. Of course the top isn't without flaw, and there still seem to be a piece or two that I didn't catch being in the "wrong" place, but these reminders saved me a decent amount of time and frustration.
If you've never done one, a Stack-N-Whack quilt can be slow going. The cutting, ironing, and piecing were quite time consuming for me. Mine has 32 squares and is measuring 64x75 without a border at this point.
I've worked on this baby way too long to attempt to quilt it myself, so I'm not about to screw it up making an attempt. I think that it will be off to the shop for some quilting done right. It might cost an arm and a leg, but these are the sacrifices we make for our treasures, right?
Wednesday, April 1, 2009