So, let me preface this by saying that I am not a night person. I am an asleep by 10pm person. I am the girl that doesn’t like to be out late. Yep, at 31. Completely unashamed folks. I like my early mornings.
Ok, moving on. I wanted to stay up for New Years. I haven’t been awake for the ball drop in multiple years. We could possibly be talking about double digits number of years. I knew if I was going to stay awake that I would need something to keep my brain busy.
Enter Swoon. I decided to make my first block.
Fabric is Tula Pink’s Acacia and the white background is Kona Honeycomb.
I spent 2 weeks, off and on, cutting all the fabrics for this gigantic quilt. 16 squares. 61 pieces in each square. 976 pieces. I changed out my rotary blade twice. I thought about cutting as I go, but I don’t leave my big cutting mat out and I didn’t want this to get pushed to the side because I may not feel like cutting one day. Its a nice feeling to know that I just need to grab the next block and can be sewing in minutes.
I had some trouble with my flying geese ending up a bit small. I still made it work, but I am going to have to play around with those and see if I can figure out why.
Starch was definitely my best friend and to be honest, after writing out this sentence, that could be what happened to my flying geese. (Starch = smaller/Water = larger)
Also, these blocks are huge! I have read that online but until it is sitting on your table in front of you, it doesn’t compute. At 24″ square, definitely the largest blocks that I have ever worked with.
1 block done. 15 more to go.
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Oh, and on a side note, I am bound and determined to figure out how to budget myself in order to buy this Tula Pink fabric panel for the back of this quilt.
Completely gorgeous! Unfortunately, seeing as how this averages out to $50 a yd (Yikes!) I don’t know that it will actually happen.
Oh, and just cause it’s funny, I will tell you that I was officially asleep at 12:02am on New Years Eve/Day. I watched the clock turn over and was done. Hahahaha!!