Sunday, August 30, 2009

Attempting A Quilt


I seem to always take on a bit more than I can chew. It is the way of my people. So once I decided that those lockers were going to house my fabrics, I went to assess the amount of space that would require and realized I had been carrying around some of these fabrics for more that 14 years. Can you say "pack rat?" I had been sure (at the time they were collected) that they would be useful at some point. I supposed now was that point. And with that impetus upon me, I decided to tackle a quilt. It would definitely free up some room for more fabric, right?

Naturally, I didn't look for a pattern. I just cut up my fabric into 5 inch squares and sewed them all together. I realized too, that I have no patience for such exacting work. My patches line up in no particular order and with no respect for the row ahead of or behind them. But that's SO my personality anyway. It's cute, in an Amy sort of way.

And then I realized that I would have to figure out the actual construction of a quilt. And that by not following a pattern, I hadn't made a standard sized quilt by any stretch. And that I wasn't even sure if my machine (being 14 years old itself and only the very basic model I could afford at the time) would even be capable of creating such a thing. I measured the top and went out and bought batting that would work behind it and scoured the internet for directions for constructing a quilt. (Yeah, in that order.) Much has been learned.


And so now I am to the point at which I stare at this quilting project and think to myself, "you know, Amy, those tomatoes really MUST get canned today, and the peach chutney too, and possibly more blueberries dried, and then dinner made (which, by the way, I don't usually do), so you have FAR too much to do today to get to that quilt. It'll wait." And I am sure that if my powers of procrastination hold as much sway as I am convinced they can, the quilt will wait. I predict I'll be getting back to it somewhere in the neighborhood of Halloween. You know, when I have been able to can everything in the garden, and the lockers are done, and I HAVE to move the fabric into them. See you in the fall dear quilt.

3 comments:

Ket said...

Oh, soul sister...

I cut up some squares to make a DOLL sized quilt for Sara oh, about... a month ago? Lovely little blue & yellow squares with kitties & puppies all stacked nice & neat, just waiting for me to do something -- anything -- with them.

And then school started & she needed a new book bag & she needed a lunch bag & I needed to work on the house &..........

mary said...

patch's grandma has quilted for years, she taught me lots of stuff while I was down there. Once I get my life caught up with myself I can share what she showed me ifn' ya want? I'll be attempting to start one myself.

Amy H said...

Mary, I'd love that! Let me know when you have a show-free weekend :)