AKA Christmas quilt fabric shopping. Let me tell you, it can be
quilt quite the ordeal. I ended up buying a bit over 1/2 of my prints from a 65% off Christmas fabric sale at JoAnn, then another 1/3 or so at Hancock Fabrics, and the rest (two or so) I found in my stash.
Here are the pretties I ended up with. I have 7 of each color family (red and white/light), which will allow me to make 98 unique blocks (49 different fabric combinations – one block with a red inside and one block with a light inside).
I tried my best to be neutral on the lighter fabrics, but it was really difficult to find all white/cream with tan or gold fabrics! Thus the random bits of red and even green.
I already have a large Omnigrid quilting ruler and three different diameters of rotary cutters, but I also bought some new gadgets to assist in my endeavor.
The Chaco pens are pretty amazing – they make such a thin line and there is very minimal drag during use! However, I’ve noticed that my machine needle gets a little angry after sewing over the chalk…like the chalk is dulling it or something (BTW – all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy).
When I got home, I washed the whites on hot and dried them, and then did the same for the reds. All of the reds came out fine except for one, which is a little pink in the white areas now, and has been banished from the quilt. I then did a second washing of the reds to get as much of that pesky dye bleeding out of the way.
I’m a little afraid there could be more white areas that turn pink when I finish the quilt, so I’m planning to wash the finished product with about a million of those dye catching sheets.
I’ve bought all of my fabric except for the backing and binding. The pattern calls for buying 45″ wide yardage and piecing together, but I don’t see why I couldn’t just buy some 108″ wide yardage and skip the piecing. I wonder if there is some advantage to the former?
And lastly, here’s some progress.
There are 99 blocks in this quilt, and my original goal was to get 9 of them done every day, and therefore be ready to sew the quilt top together after 11 days. LOL – riiiiiight. I’ve been working (not so diligently) on this since November 17th, and I have 30 blocks done – you do the math. So far, each block has taken me 20-30 minutes, not counting cutting time.
Speaking of cutting, make sure you are more vigilant than I when working with sharp tools.
Thank God Mr. 5 was at home when I did this…it was a bloody mess and I got so freaked out I go so close to fainting! He took such good care of me and my wound. <3
And…since I can’t seem to do one thing at a time, and am a serial procrastinator, I’ve also started two Christmas gifts this week (super random fact: did you know that gift means poison in German?). Happily, I got one of them finished last night. Here are sneak peeks of both:
I’ll share more about them later in the month, after they’ve been given. :)
Christmas crafting stats:
Christmas projects started: 3
Christmas projects finished: 1
Number of days until Christmas Eve: 19