Today marked two weeks since I stopped working, and I can't believe how busy I've been! First off, a friend made a comment on how nice it must be 'to be a lady of leisure, and not have to worry about getting up!' Well, two weeks ago I committed with my friend Pat to walk every morning at 8:00 am around the softball field, so now for the first time in years.......I'm having to set an alarm for 7:00 am! Every day! Cripes! Lady of leisure.....with an alarm clock! But it feels really good to start the day with a 3 mile walk, and I'm finding a LOT more energy later in the day!
So much so, that I've been reorganizing my sewing room for the past few days, sorting scraps by color, putting fat quarters away, and getting everything in it's place. And of course, once it all got tidied up, I instantly wanted to start pulling fabrics for a new quilt! And no, I haven't finished my jubilee quilt back yet, but it's on the design wall, so it can't get too far out of sight!
The quilt I've started has been in my "must make" folder for over a year now. I think I found it on the Quilt Index, but I'm not really sure. It's an antique, and scrappy......and I've just been in love with it from the minute I saw it!
Isn't she gorgeous! I just love this quilt, and so I instantly started pulling my civil war repros to make it! About 6 months ago, I actually found a really great piece of chrome yellow for the background block, and when I got it home, I found it was EXACTLY the same print as in this quilt! Amazing luck!
But before I could start cutting all my fabric up, I really needed to plan this out! That's kindof my problem with quilting most quilts......I just wing it! About half the time I'll graph it out on paper, but a lot of the time, it's just a sketch. That's why when I make something on-point, it usually is a weird dimension, either huge or too small when finished.......cuz of the winging-it! lol
Well, I wanted this quilt to be GREAT......so out came the graph paper! But it's an equilateral triangle, and that's just a LOT of ruler work on a square grid paper. So I googled it! And came up with this great site.....
It is loaded with any kind of graph paper you can think of, with FREE downloads that you can print out! Score! And you can make the dimensions of your graphs any size you want! So I played with it, and printed a few, and drew my quilt out, figured how many triangle/blocks I'd need, and went to town printing out pages for paper piecing it........so all my points will be there!
Months ago, I thought I would hand piece this, but now that I'm doing the 8-pointed star for my hand piecing project, I kindof wanted to get to this sooner. So paper piecing it is!
This is the paper I'm working from, and you can see the stack of paper pieces in the background.....all 203 of them! Three of these pieced and one single fabric will make up a block! And yeah, there are extra lines on this grid, but if I hadn't done that, I would have only got about 2 of these per page, and that would have taken forever, and wasted a lot of paper. Printed the way I did, I was able to get 12 from every legal size sheet of paper! Yay!
I LOVE THIS BLOCK! And and I love the background fabric.......it just looks darker here than it really is. (Note to self.......I really need to do something about those fluorescent lights in my sewing room! They ruin every picture! Ugh!)
So I'm working away on this.......I just couldn't stop once I got started! Who could, right? lol
I'll trim them all up later, but for now......I just love adding to this on the wall! These blocks are 6" finished size.
Of course, it hasn't been ALL about sewing these past 2 weeks.......I've actually been reading a book!.....and taking naps, too! Woohoo!
Life is good! Yes it is!
And tomorrow I'm heading down to Boston area to visit my friend, Rita. She's 91, still lives on her own, and does some kind of craft every day! She's the best rug braider I've ever seen, and she taught me how when I lived in Boston, some 14 years ago! She also hand quilts, knits fisherman cable sweater for American Girl dolls for her great-granddaughters, does counted cross-stitch, and crewel work, and.......
she says that everything she does is WRONG, because she's left-handed, so it's all backwards! Ha! She's amazing, and everything she does is a work of art! I can't wait to spend the day with her!
Have a great weekend!