Color, Concept, Completion...
Step 1 - Get on Etsy when bored & Fabric Surf (such an extreme sport).
It sparks my creativity to see all the gorgeous fabrics.
Step 2 - When it arrives, stare at all its glorious wonder (until you know what you want to do with it.
Aren't fabric bundles great?).
Step 3 - Investigate patterns by fellow artisans & help build them up as others have lifted you.
Support small business, get unique items.
Step 4 - In the words of Teresa Wright (Ms. Birdie, Rainmaker), cut, cut, cut...
Then trim some more.
Step 5 - Start sewing, joining & making whole all the whole fabric you just cut up into a gazillion pieces.
Step 6 - Measure quilt circumference, add 12" for corners & joining & make your binding.
A lot of binding!
Step 7 - Enlist LAQ (Long Arm Quilter) otherwise known as Heather (Quilts On The Fly - don't you love her business name?) since I decided to make 2 of these quilts.
Did I honestly think I would have time to quilt both?
I have a hard fast rule: Where two or more gather does NOT apply to my quilting habits & knowing I make tops far quicker than I finish the quilting, I only allow myself to work one quilt at a time unless it's a quilt along.
But there are always multiple Quilt-A-Along's, right?
Step 8 - Wait patiently. Yep, that's all.
Not as easy as one thinks when sending your babies off.........
Step 9 - Contact from the mothership & photos! My quilts are done in record time & she's sending them home.
Eek.... can't wait to see them in person.
They look stunning!
Thank you, Miss Heather!
Step 10 - Bind. Hand binding can be utterly satisfying, unless you sent two off to the LAQ & now you're up to bat in the 9th & the count is 0-2. Oye.
HINT: wear surgical gloves to grip & pull your needle easier through your fabrics.
Saves on the fingertips.
Step 10 continued - I digress. I like hand binding. Something about finishing that is so fulfilling.
But I like FINISHED better.
(Tall husband missing so supply rack must suffice for the sake of this post).
Step 12 - Pass it down as an heirloom or keep it & snuggle up under it reading a book, watching a movie or taking a nap.
Quilts are meant to be used & loved
If you want to compliment a quilter, use them.