OMG. One monthly goal. Did I have a goal for last month? Oh yeah, I did have one goal and that was to get my Labyrinth quilt quilted and bound. Well it almost happened, but not quite. I just ran out of time. So here is a peak from the backside of the quilt. I'm hoping like crazy to have this finished by the weekend, but right now I'm not going to hold my breath. After my needle broke this morning, I decided it was time to walk away and try something else for a while. Maybe catch up on some of the BOM/mystery quilts I have going on.
But let me tell you, the thought of changing feet and undoing my supreme slider to go into piecing mode didn't sound appealing either. Then I remembered. Hello, you have another machine. So things got a bit serious, I broke out my Viking H-Class machine. Two machines out at once. This is the perfect portable little machine. My mother surprised me at Christmas time by getting me the little extension table, so it seems right that I give it a try.
I started out by constructing the Secrete Garden BOM by Pat Sloan for April. I will mention that I did find a small typo in the pattern. In the diagram showing how to put the block together, for the center square the rectangles marked 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" should actually be 2 1/2" x 8 1/2." So why do I bring this up? I didn't print out all of the instructions before I began. I figured all I needed was the diagram. So the lesson I learned is stop short cutting it. Had I read all the instructions first I would have cut the correct rectangles. But after a quick cutting of two more rectangles I had my fourth finished block.
|Oops the new block is the one on the bottom. It has not been an A-game weekend.|
As I worked on these quilts I pondered the process of constructing mystery quilts. The hardest and, I'm guessing, the most feared step in the process is picking out the fabrics. I'll admit, it seems a bit crazy, the idea of picking out fabric when you have no idea what the heck you are even creating. (Even better try explaining the process to a non-quilter) Buying fabric is a huge commitment and what if you find out the relationship isn't what you thought it was?? But picking out fabric doesn't really have to be scary, you just have to trust yourself.
With a few new mystery quilt alongs coming this summer, I'm toying around with the idea of writing a few posts about how I pick out fabrics for a mystery quilt. Maybe walking through the process could take the fear of trying a project of this type away for someone.
And on that note, it's time to wrap this crazy weekend up and watch The Walking Dead. One of my favorite parts? Seeing quilts used as props. Even during the zombie apocalypse, a quilter's hard work will live on.
Today I'm linking up with Main Crush Monday.