I’m happily planning and less happily cutting fabric for projects to take the the guild’s fall quilt retreat. It is so much easier to work (plus less to carry) if the cutting is done at home. When I first attended a retreat I didn’t know that, and I took a shopping bag of fabric for each project! I spent quite a bit of my time waiting for a turn at the cutting table.
While opening boxes to search my fabric, I came across a top I’d started long, long ago.
Eons ago, when this UFO (UnFinished Object) was started, I was participating in a round-robin group and had never made pieced borders. I felt the need to practice before working on someone else’s quilt. I also wanted to practice inset, pieced circles, and did on the center square. I had picked up some fabric at guild for a charity project and decided that would work well for practice. (Luckily there was no time limit on when the gifted fabric had to be used.)
It was tucked away unfinished because I couldn’t see how to get from the size it is (34 x 40) to twin-bed size. But now I am in another guild with other charity projects, and new sizes are an option. So the quilt is two borders from finished.
First I’ll finish the last row of the checkerboard, and then it needs some pink and some dark green. I’d run out of the light fabric I’d been using in the larger checkerboard. What I have to substitute doesn’t look as bed to me now as it did back then, so I’ll get into the old tradition of making do! I have a pink striped fabric to use in a border with mitered corners–still practicing. Then I’ll repeat the dark of the center.
After the top is finished, I’ll practice machine quilting…a practice project all the way from start to finish.