Thursday, February 13, 2014
Preparation Is The Key...
I even found the directions for cutting the pieces for Bag #6 and Bag #7. Luckily (since I've cut up all of my background fabric, that turquoise over there) I was able to cut the pieces I'll need out of scraps.
Guess there is a reason I'm a scrap saver! Well, other than being a general packrat.
My housekeeper got her first look at my garage today. "Oh my... you have a lot of boxes... a lot of fabric... it's like a store!"
Didn't have the heart to tell her there's lots more in storage. Some things just can't be faced all at once!
Since today was Cleaning Day--and I never, ever thought there would come a time when I would actually be able to pay someone to clean my house, but I'm very grateful that I can, what with my dodgy back and all--that meant clearing myself out of their way so they could do their thing. I had an invitation of sorts from Youngest Daughter, who works from home, to bring my cutting over and work at her place. We're quite comfortable with this arrangement--I used to babysit at her house while she worked in the other room.
At this point, I have one project all prepped, and a second one ready to go--that's what those two little tubs up there are full of. Next comes packing up the machine, the tools, the car...oh yeah, maybe a few clothes too.
I now have something like 150 sashings with cornerstones attached to them. I think I need to do a lot more, though, because it seems that I cut the sashing strips in groups.
One of the fabrics has 49 pieces cut out of it.
I did think it would be fun to see if I could put a different fabric on each one. I'm sure you're not at all surprised that I had no trouble finding 49 different fabrics--actually there are a lot more. I realized that one of the things that's so appealing about these quilts is that the fabrics are colorful and cheery. I guess they needed all the cheer they could get back in the 30s!
I had to try a quick mockup to see how these are going to look. Don't worry, I won't put a red sash that close to a big red point!
Well, at least not until/unless I run out of options. Which isn't going to happen.
I'm prepared. There are a LOT of extra sashings. I even know what I'm going to do with them once these 6 quilts are done.
Did I happen to mention that there's a small bin out in the garage that appears to be full of 30s fabrics?
I'm going to be sewing for a long time to use up all this fabric. It's really too bad I don't live in snow country--I could be snowed in quite happily. Also, my house would be very well insulated with all this fabric and yarn.