I finished the binding on my curves quilt (I really need to give this one a name) this weekend and have just a bit more stitching to do on the final border of my Stay@Home round robin. It has been wonderful to spend time with fabric and thread so of course I began thinking about a next project.
I have plans for a large quilt – one that will take many months to complete. So many that I am not going to really share much about it today because it is just a sparkle of an idea.
I want to work on my piecing. Judy has been playing along with the Stay@Home quilt and we have been chatting about the need to be more precise. Last week I was sewing along, trying very hard to keep my stitching straight and hold on to that 1/4” seam allowance when my machine made that dreaded clunk and jammed up. It took me some time to get all the parts off, pull the threads out, and do some cleaning. That reminded me to change the needle because I have done a lot of sewing lately. This was not a planned detour but one that reminded me that sewing is about the planning and prepping and maintenance too.
The curves quilt taught me about sewing a curved seam (although you can see that not all of my seams matched up in the first photo). It also taught me about paying attention to those seams as I pressed and assembled each block. I took some time to really inspect the back before I moved on to assembling the quilt because I want it to lay flat. For the Stay@Home quilt, I chose to press a few seams open which goes contrary to what I learned many years ago. But the result is a very flat block from the front. I appreciate those early teachers. I also appreciate the opportunity to learn from the fabric. And I am happy that after over 30 years of quilt making, there are still new things to learn.