The kicker about a craft blog is that you need to craft in order to have something worth blogging about. When I’ve come upon some free time over the past month, I’ve asked myself, “Get ahead on the quilt, or write about the quilt?” I’ve chosen getting ahead each time.
And it’s been working quite well for me. I’m in the home stretch of finishing the top! The twelve blocks above are, as of this morning, complete and sewn together, and I just finished sewing the first strip of sashing to one side. Unfortunately, I noticed a little twinge of pain in my left wrist as I was helping the bulk of the quilt top along the side of my sewing machine, so I decided to take a break and let it all rest for the rest of today. And that, my friends, is a great time to start writing about the quilt!
|At one point of assembly I got so tired of messing things up
that I started posting reminder photos of the measurements
I was aiming for on my Facebook page. I imagine my
non-crafty FB friends think I have issues.
I counted up all the different fabrics being used–there are twenty seven different fabrics at play in this project. The hexagons hail from three different prints I picked out at superbuzzy.com, and everything but the powder blue background fabric are bits and pieces from the stash and random fat quarters I’ve bought as I’ve found them appealing. The design of the top is almost word-for-word the cover quilt of Hexa-go-go, except with some serious shrinking down–the “full” blocks of the cover quilt measure in at 16 inches, while these are 11 inches. The hexagons are one-inch hexagons, lovingly hand-basted and stitched by yours truly.
I really should have just bought the entire bolt of the powder blue fabric when I found it, four stores into my quest. Powder blue is not an easy color to find in shops right now, all the light blues lean towards aqua and turquoise. I’m being exceptionally frugal with my limited amount of powder blue fabric, despite having already made a second trip to the fabric store and knowing that I could return and get more if I ran out. It’s become a “thing” now, and I’m dedicated to the idea of NOT needing more powder blue fabric. I’m even going to do a pieced back in order to conserve some powder blue. There’s lots of red and pink strings leftover from piecing the blocks, so I’ve pieced a long row of them to break up the back of the quilt. Depending on how much powder blue I have left, I might piece together some more rows.
Wanna see my favorite photo of quilt progress thus far? Here it is:
My kids have learned what the term “photo bombing” means, and so now they take any opportunity to try it out, especially when it involves crafts. (I think they’re trying to send me a message.)
One of my friends stopped to chat with me on the sidewalk this past week, and she mentioned that she absolutely loved watching for update photos of the quilt on Facebook. She then told me that she had no idea how I was going to be able to choose which one of my girls as owner of the finished project, and that, if it were her, she’d just frame the thing and put it up on the wall as the art it was. Talk about flattered!
What’s funny about it all is that I was having the same thoughts about it! Not about who to give it to, because that was already decided when I started, but the thing about it being “art.” When I saw the fabric at superbuzzy.com, a vision of this quilt appeared in my mind’s eye, and I was a goner. I tried to talk myself out of it because I knew it would be time-intensive, and I already have some big ol’ time-intensive projects geared up to go in the queue, but I just couldn’t shake this project from my heart. I had to make it. So I plunged into it with boldness and a giddy sort of fearlessness that comes to me but rarely. I feel like an artist, painting broad swathes of color across a blank canvas and being utterly enchanted with the result. This has been a joy to create. I totally love it.
Which is good, because the next quilt on my list is this all over again…but on a bigger scale. I’ve learned some good things working on this rendition that will make the next one have neater seam matches, which I’m glad about.
So I while I feel I should apologize for the severe lack of blog posts that are happening on this lil’ blog o’ mine, I feel like it would be silly and insincere. I’m busy creating art; which takes time, concentration, and applied effort–which are in short supply whilst juggling the demands of life.
How blessed we are to be able to do the things that bring us joy.