Apr 04 14
I am going through what seems to be a never-ending purge in my sewing room. It is so gratifying to get rid of stuff that’s not being used and I think I’ve given away at least 75 yards of fabric and all kinds of crafting supplies in the last 2 months. I came upon a bunch of light blue and white print fabrics that I’d totally forgotten about and they must be at least 15 years old. This is just some of them: I have given away so much on Freecycle that I was starting to feel guilty, like I should MAKE something out of some of this stuff! (I mean, I bought all this at one time with a specific vision in my head for how I’d use it, so shouldn’t I hold myself accountable to use some of it for SOMETHING?!) Anyway, I somehow felt I should make at least 1 quilt from this blue/white fabric grouping. I did something that was a first for me. I got our my trusty Sizzix Big Shot Pro and used it to cut 9 1/2 inch fabric blocks. (Sizzix had a big sale last year and I lucked out and got a 9 1/2 inch square fabric die for only $10! Can you beat that price?!!) In no time at all, I had a stack of blocks that were all identical in size: …and then I cut some white square blocks in the same size: It’s funny because I use my small Sizzix Big Shot all the time to cut applique shapes but I’ve never cut fabric for piecing before. I have to say that this is a really fast and convenient way to get your quilt pieces cut FAST! Anyway, I wanted to make a quilt I could whip up pretty quickly because I’m really only making this quilt because I’ve guilted myself into it, and on top of that, I’m really not into pastel colors at all. So, I decided to make a quick chevron quilt. This is really easy to make if you start with squares. You place right sides together and then stitch all along the 4 sides using a 1/4 inch seam like this: Then, lay the stitched block on your cutting table and carefully cut along the diagonal twice, as below: In as quick as a wink, you’ve got lots of these blocks ready to use: …so just press them open and you have (4) quarter square triangle blocks for each pair of squares that you started with. Pretty darn cool and pretty darn quick! Here’s a mock up of my Chevron quilt on the design wall. I may still add 1-2 more rows vertically and I will likely add a small border as well: I’m psyched because I’ve always wanted to quilt a chevron quilt top and now I’ll have the chance. I still have many of those quarter square triangle blocks left over and there are all kinds of things I can do with them. Here are a couple of giant – sized stars: Now I’ve gone from having all this fabric I didn’t want to having all these etra blocks I need to do something with…I can’t win! And did I forget to mention that there’s a give-away?! I am unearthing so much stuff that I just won’t ever use so I thought maybe I should give some stuff away on my blog. Here’s today’s offering: many, many of spools of variegated rayon thread, great for machine quilting and/or machine embroidery: That’s a lot of thread! I remember buying the lot of thread on ebay but I’ve never touched it so perhaps you might be able to use it! All you need to do to enter the give away is to leave a comment to this post, telling me what kinds of things you’d like to learn about threads, any type of thread. Post your comment by midnight, eastern daylight savings time, on Fri 4/18/14, and you’ll be entered into the drawing. Winner pays for shipping but the thread is free!