after posting about the final call for material for my quilt i got a lovely email from heather over at tallgrass designs. she was inspired by my project to create her own quilt in conjunction with the south central region of the kansas department of social and rehabilitation services. each year they take donations of quilts for children living in foster care in south central kansas.
i was thrilled that my little idea created a small spark for heather to create something quite amazing. a round of applause for her!
so, not to bug you for more material, but should you have an extra square, please slip it in the mail for heather. i’m sure she, and the child/children that benefit from her creation, would be more than appreciative. you can click here for more information on her project. thank you.
in other news, i have no patience.
yep. you guessed it! i started piece some of my squares together for my quilt. i just couldn’t wait anymore! and it’s actually more fun than i thought it would be. i’m using this quilt pattern. to being the process of putting the squares together i was told to chain piece pairs of patches.
so, of course, as a sewing novice, i had no idea what this meant. i did a quick youtube search and was lucky enough to find this tutorial:
so with a new confidence i began chain quilting. and to my surprise it was super easy. and fun!
i almost want to hang my chain of attached squares around my house as some festive bunting. it’d be beautiful, right?
but i won’t. instead i snipped them all apart and now i have lovely stacks of two patches. i’m making progress. next i need to press the seems down. luckily, the video above also told me to press my seams, not iron them. i had no idea! i’m finding that these little tips are the important ones. if you don’t know what i mean just watch the video.
i liked it so much that i could have sat and pieced these all night, until the wee hours of the morning … but i had to resist. i want to have all my squares before i finish. that way some of the newer square are attached to some of the older squares. i know this won’t matter in the end, but i’m weird like that.
but i love this beautiful stack. it’s a sign of progress. i like that.
and apparently so does sebastian. after stacking my squares, taking some pictures and walking away, he appeared from nowhere, as he normally does, and made my stack of paired patches his new bed for the afternoon. what is it with cats and new fabric? or, for that matter, new things in general?
my first thought was to quickly shoo him off, and he know this, so he decided to make himself extra comfy and extra adorable.
and then, honestly, within seconds was sound asleep.
i didn’t have the heart to wake him.