2006-07-20

Taking the first steps

While I might not have blogged much this month, I'm happy to report that I have been quilting.
Last weekend I re-read the instruction section of Nancy Elliot MacDonald's Winding Ways Quilts: A Practically Pinless Approach (check it out) that I first posted about here, and then got down to business. Her method for folding the fabric before cutting seemed tricky but was actually very simple and made cutting the pieces a breeze. (i should mention that cutting is one of my less favorite steps in quiltmaking). I took my time piecing the first block, stopping to read the directions carefully before each step, and... it worked. I made a winding ways block!

I was so excited by how easy it was that this project doesn't intimidate me at all anymore, and I've been happily piecing about 2 blocks a night after work all week. I would do more, but now that Costas is back, we're making a big effort to spend quality time together each day. Still, if I keep up at this rate and sew about 2 blocks per night, I'll be done with my blocks in less than a month. Sounds ambitious, but so long as the motivation stays, I might as well keep at it.

In other news, I'm still committed to "use what I have" for July and it looks like I might be successful for two months in a row. This makes me quite proud, and as today was payday and my account wasn't in the double digits last night, "use what you have" is definately good for me.

3 comments:

caroline said...

I find the cutting out of all the pieces so tedious - my most favourite bit is the actual quilting when it suddenly becomes 'real'.

I love the fabric combination you are using can't wait to see the quilt top in all its glory.

Carmen said...

I love that block, I like how the edges of the cross are curved, very pretty

Kathie said...

I was excited to see you working on a Winding Ways! I did one of these last year as a baby gift and it turned out very well. http://flickr.com/photos/kateri/40512174/in/set-734689/ I'll be anxious to see how yours progresses. The secondary patterns are very fun.

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