Friday, July 25, 2014

Quilting with Quiltsmart

I just finished the last of the quilts from the Round Robin I participated in this past year. During that time I have been wanting to just saddle up the the sewing machine and get creative with some of the Quiltsmart interfacing I've got in my "QS" box in the sewing room. It sits there staring at me, begging me to open it up and be #CreativelyInspired, but with so much on my plate lately and other commitments that I'd made, I just didn't have the time to do it. 

The Round Robin quilt that I finished on Tuesday was the final project to be complete! I am so excited!! Even though I am in the final frenzied weeks of the Fall Quilt Issue at my day job, I did spend my lunch hour "playing". I just needed to get back to when it made me happy. I needed to reassure myself that whatever creative or craft project I am doing, that I was doing it because it made me happy, it made me relax, it made me feel complete. I'd gotten to a place where it was just another chore on my list, like dishes. Yuck! Dishes.

Mattie, the owner of Quiltsmart, has been a personal friend for years, we'd met through my other quilting work and endeavors. I'd completed projects with ZigZapps! and even assisted in Quiltsmart classes at quilt guilds and shops, but I had never done one of the large classic packs or full sized quilts. I hadn't even attempted a snuggler sized quilt. I knew it was time to start.

It wasn't that they were hard, I'd assisted in enough classes to know they can be simple, if not quick, projects, but the size was daunting. I'm the mother of a 4-year-old who just started school, while I worked full time and supported a husband who juggled a military command position, law school and accompanying internship. My calendar is booked 6 years from now ... or so it seems. But it just "felt" like the time was right.

I had previously started working on a Princess Feather pattern. The first border is not necessarily a border as much as turning the medallion on point. Something that I am scared to do because of the math involved and the potential to waste fabric getting it right. But turning it on point using the Quiltsmart 2-inch grid interfacing made it less scary.

I had started on it a few months ago. I had cut the squares and ironed them to the interfacing hoping for time to sew them ... but then my sewing machine broke. My dear sweet husband surprised me with a Husquvarna Viking Opal 670 in May and now I am in heaven!! So today, I finally had the time to get some stitching done, so off I went, getting started on my waiting Quiltsmart project!

Oh, did I mention it's Christmas themed!?! I have never made a quilt with the holiday theme or colors. I have always been hesitant because it was a little intimidating to make a quilt that was Christmas-y without being childish or "country", I wasn't sure if I could make one that was elegant and holiday-inspired. But I am up for the challenge!! 

So let's see where this journey takes us!!

Until our next cup of tea ...

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