Sunday, October 5, 2014
Garden Fence Memory Quilt - Steps of Progress
This project is moving right along. All of the blocks for the top are made so another step checked off the list. So far, this project has undergone:
The selection of a design
The creation of a few sample blocks to confirm the design choice
This week, lots of cutting happened. One lesson learned with this project is that it takes a lot more time to cut quilt blocks from clothing than it does from fabric yardage. The odd shapes make squaring up take a little more time, especially since many of these clothing item are plaids and stripes, and it also takes time to look over each cut to make sure that there are no stains, flaws, or worn spots.
Believe it or not, those stacks are enough to make 42 blocks. The picture doesn't do it justice. Trust me, there is a lot of fabric in those stacks! The Garden Fence blocks need two different fabrics, one in the center, and one for the borders. To mix and match, the center blocks were lined up on the table.
And then all the border pieces were placed on top to make a pair for each block. My goal was to mix them up as much as possible.
The weekend was all about getting these blocks sewn together. The Garden Fence block sews together fairly quickly, primarily because there are no points to match. I developed quite a rhythm by the end.
My goal for the next week is to turn these blocks into a quilt top. There is some rearranging to be done, sashing to be cut, and then it is just a matter of sewing them all together. There are a lot of good memories in these quilt blocks and I am having a great time stitching them into a special quilt.