I wanted to have more of an update, but then I slept the day away. Literally. The hubs woke me up at 1:30 and I was no where near done sleeping.
It wouldn’t be March if I wasn’t sick. Since I started teaching, the March illness has struck every. single. year. Because, you know, this isn’t the busiest time of the year for teachers or anything…
However, I have managed to get started on quilt (top) #4. My husband thinks I should be clear that I’ve yet to quilt one. I can’t help that I have a phobia of starting the quilting part. But, I did buy lime green thread for the baby quilt, so that, my friends, is progress.
After laying out most of my granny blocks, I realized that I was missing reds. So, I’ve added to my stash, because no NCSU girl should be without red.
I’ve also joined Pink Castle Fabrics Stash Club, which is why my blues are on overload.
While I was making my granny squares, there was a lot of ironing going on. I haven’t made a secret out of how I feel about ironing – hate – but, I needed a strategy. I want each row ironed in the opposite direction so that the seams will nest like this:
But, I kept getting confused when I was ironing. SO, I put the rows up on the design wall in front of my iron so that I could see the previous row, and its direction, as I was ironing the next row. This kept the confusion down and it kept me from re-ironing, because let’s be honest, that wasn’t going to happen.
Look at those seams.
Since I’m dishing out all of my secrets here’s another tip. When you are piecing lots of little blocks, chain piece away. Just keep putting them through the machine so you don’t have to stop BUT make sure you take a picture of the original block to keep beside you while you work:
That way, I don’t get confused and I can just reference the image as I go. This saves me tons of time, and helps me since I mostly sew when I need to decompress at the end of the day. There are very few brain cells left by then…
Here’s another tip while we’re at it. See that pill bottle – it’s not for my illness. That’s for the old needles from my machine. As you change them out, put them in an empty pill bottle. You can’t just throw them away, because you aren’t supposed to dispose of them in your personal trash in case someone gets pricked. But, if you put them in pill bottles, you can take them to a local hospital and they will properly dispose of them. Just so you know why I have a medicine bottle on my sewing table.
Finally, here’s the progress I’ve made on the granny quilt. These are only the blocks that are 100% finished and set with the white background.
I absolutely love this quilt, and I can’t wait to see it finished.
Which block is your favorite so far?