Monday, July 21, 2008

Enjoy the Sunshine

I've had my "Living the Dream" book for quite a while now, after first discovering it over at Juliann's place. A month or so ago, I decided to use a group of FQs that I'd bought last summer as a start for the quilt, and a few weeks ago when Turbo and I were at Sauder's, I found the rest of the fabrics.

I've never done the kind of "stitchery" that involves tracing a pattern onto fabric and before I made a real commitment to the 35 little stitcheries that the quilt calls for, I'd do a test to see how it went. There was a terrific bag in the book, just the kind of thing to take to the farmer's market or out shopping in a spiffy neighborhood, and I decided to give it a try. Leanne's directions were so clear, and the bag went together in a jiffy, stitchery and all. I only bought the fabric on Thursday and it was finished on Sunday night. The only thing I did differently was I omitted the quilting that Leanne prescribed for this particular bag. I'm delighted with how it turned out!

Am ready now to make the commitment to the 35 stitcheries and, in fact, have a possible plan. Perhaps if I'm not thinking clearly, someone can tell me why? Instead of cutting all of the bricks and assembling the flimsy and then doing the stitcheries, I was thinking of mapping out the bricks on the solid fabrics and tracing the stitcheries, and applying the interfacing and doing the stitching and then cutting the bricks apart and assembling the quilt top. Seemed it would be more portable that way. I think that is what Juliann did, but am not positive. Any thoughts on why this may not be a sensible plan?

Have a lovely day. And Enjoy the Sunshine!


6 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I'd do the stitcheries exactly the way you describe. That's how I do machine embroideries, too, a much less cumbersome way to work...cut them apart and then add as already embroidered blocks. Wishing you sunshine and spiffy neighborhoods in which to shop. Lookin' good, Nancy!

Teresa said...

Sounds like a plan to me. I did that with a redwork project. Just drew the block outlines, did the stitching and then cut out the blocks and made the quilt.

Juliann in WA said...

This is pretty similar to what I did. I was only doing 12 stitcheries and I had 4 blocks on a square of fabric instead of a big piece with all of them. Just be sure to add enough between the blocks for cutting. I goofed with the first set and had them too close together - oops!

Connie W said...

Makes total sense to me :)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Good luck with the stitcheries. It will be fun to see what you do. Love the bag.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Beautiful bag Nancy...the book is just beautiful ....so are the stitcheries...