I felt that the New Year needed a New Project. Lately, I have been wanting to work on a Big project. Something a bit Complicated, hence my "BC" abbreviation. I got a book a while ago, and it really has me drooling. This is it:
I chose it as there is a particular project in it that I want to make. However, on New Year's Eve we went to Shipshewana, and in one of the quilt shops, there was an awesome log cabin quilt hanging, and it was from this book, too. There are some really cool quilts here, and they have a lot of pieces, but aren't that difficult--its just log cabin. You may have to sew a few colors together to make a log, but it is all straight sewing!
This is the quilt that I want to make. The red, white, and blue one (on the right) of course. Do you see how there are 4 stars on the wall hanging version? Can you see the bed-size version on the left has 16 stars? Remember that I'm doing Big for this project, so I'm going to make a larger bed-size that will have 25 stars!
I began the cutting for this project while still in Virginia, but I just now got it out to go through everything. Luckily I made good notes about the pieces I needed and how many. I had placed them in the book, which was a miracle because I will often write up great notes and then lose them.
I think Judy Martin is a brilliant designer. Does she teach? Has anyone out there had a class with her? I read the book and she has great tips about cutting. She advised to organize the strips in silverware caddies, baggies, etc. I looked around and decided on some of the craft holders with the removable dividers, as for beads or other small piece storage.
Once I counted up what I already had, I started cutting the rest.
Cream strips with longer ones in a baggie.
The red strips. There aren't nearly as many red as the other colors.
Squares all ready to make flying geese with the Fit To Be Geese ruler
And finally, other random pieces--2.5" squares for centers of blocks and a whole lot of small blue bits that didn't fit into the divided container.
That's it! It doesn't look like much, but there is a huge quilt hiding there. There are hundreds of strips and I have lots of bobbins wound and ready to go.
Have a great day!