Friday, June 19, 2009

Quilt blocks

Quilt blocks
Originally uploaded by cmhall410
I'm finally getting caught up on the Old Red Barn Co. Quilt-a-long. This is week 5 of the Quilt-a-long and I'm still behind. Today I finished cutting my sewn strips into blocks, which was actually supposed to be done in week 3. I may not finish this in the 7 weeks of the quilt-a-long, but I will finish it.

I'm just a little worried about the quilting part of this quilt. I've made quilts before, but I've always hand tied them. I really want to try free motion quilting on this one. I've never attempted free motion quilting before. Everything I've read says practice, practice, practice. So, I guess I'd better make up some mini quilt sandwiches and get to practicing.

In the mean time, I made myself a design wall (4 yards white flannel, cut in half and sewn together) and hope to use it tomorrow to work on my quilt layout. I've done pretty well at arranging the strips randomly so far. We'll see how the block arrangement goes. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a random sort of person.

I'm more of a "a place for everything and everything in it's place" kinda girl.

Wish me luck!


Goddess in Progress said...

I'm not much of a "random" person, either. I have to have some kind of order, or I'll go nuts twisting and turning and rearranging. I had my blocks sorted into a pile of 3 for each strip set. Then I took one from each pile as I moved across the rows and left it at that. No rearranging. :-)

I am also very nervous about the quilting part, and I've *done* free-motion before! Definitely practice on some smaller pieces first so you can get some sense of the speed and movement. I'm just nervous because this thing is so darn BIG!

Liz @ teeny tiny quilts

Jane said...

I have tried to be random, but then I go and switch everything and it's not random anymore. I admire random things a lot. So artistic.