On The Cutting Board
And while I'm on the subject of feeling disconnected. It has been a long time since I sat down and did some serious hand-pieced quilting. Sales have slowed down in my shop and my inventory is overflowing with Mug Rugs, so I'm taking the quiet time to finish two retro quilts in 1930s design fabric. I love this fabric so much that I have a Rubbermaid tub filled with just this fabric.
So far, all the work has been by hand. From marking the fabric for cutting and for the quarter inch seam line to cutting each piece out with scissors (no multi-layered cutting here) and sewing the pieces together by hand.
|Still working on the Nine-Patch|
Time consuming? Yes. One of the best ways to stay entertained while disconnected? Absolutely! Okay, I cheated a little by listening to books on my iPod.
The thing is that I did not realize just how much I have been missing the process of making a quilt by hand. The anticipation of marking/cutting the fabric and dreaming of what the quilt would look like while sewing the pieces together. Granted, most of the pieces were cut out a long time ago, but it turned out the I was short a couple of blocks, so I did have to go back to the start with templates and pencil.
The feeling of seeing a top finished and knowing it all came together with no help from a machine is so satisfying. If I do need to use a sewing machine, it will be to sew on borders.