Today, I have a funny story to tell you.
I started my weekend knowing that I had a bunch of quiltmaking to do. I have a quilt to make for our upcoming Best Kids Quilts issue. The issue won’t be on the newsstands for quite a while, I’ll remind you when it is. But my quilt is due on November 11th and I’m going to be gone for 4 days between now and then so I knew it was time to get serious.
The first problem was that I still had a partially done pieced back on my design wall. I had to finish that before I could even start my kids quilt. So Friday night, I finished making the pieced back. Here’s a photo of the back the last time you saw it.
You can see it changed quite a bit from the first photo. That’s one of the fun things about pieced backs. It’s all so “liquid” as the process goes along. Nothing is set in stone. I was quite a bit short of the size I needed so I found a small pieced quilt top in my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) made of the blue and brown chain blocks. I tried it on the design wall all in one piece but it looked like it didn’t belong since there was not a bit of brown anywhere else. I took the quilt top apart into rows and tried adding the rows. It worked. And I accomplished 2 things; I finished the pieced back and I got rid of one of my PIGS.
And now I could move on to the project I actually wanted to work on for the weekend, my kids quilt. I’d cut a bunch of strips at work during the week. The cutting table at work is higher than my dining room table and much more comfortable when I am cutting a bunch of pieces. So that step was already done. I went to bed on Friday night knowing I was ready to start sewing.
My blocks are simple, just 25 squares sewn together in 5 rows.
I got up Saturday morning, took the dog for her walk and while I was walking, I came up with my plan for the first step. I’d sew the strips together in sets of two. I did that.
I sewed them together again so now they were 4 strips wide.
That’s when I realized I’d failed to think the whole thing through. My blocks are 5 squares wide. You simply cannot make something 5 squares wide out of sets of 2 strips. My only excuse is that I came up with the plan on my walk, before I’d had any coffee. My brain didn’t know I was awake and it was supposed to be functioning.
I went back to my stash of pink fabric and cut more strips. Late afternoon yesterday I completed all of the blocks.
I’d cut what I thought was a generous number of strips. Then I had to cut more so look at this stack of leftovers.
I have a great head start on the pieced back. I suppose that’s another fun part of making pieced backs. I can make a big, big mistake and it’s not all that bothersome. I can just use the mistake on the back. And if there are still strips left, I can make something from Scrap-Basket Surprises, a great book with patterns for quilts made with strips.
I’m going to International Quilt Market in Houston on Thursday. I hope to see some of you there. If you see me, don’t be shy about introducing yourself; I’d love to meet you.