Quilt: sand talk

Some friends of mine have been expecting a baby (for the usual amount of time) and Ive delayed and delayed and delayed on making a quilt. First it was that I didn’t have a sewing machine, and then it was that I was panicked about producing the blocks.

Why the anxiety and procrastination? I’ve never made a quilt like this before; and I don’t get to finish it, because some friends of mine are helping out by doing the quilting and binding on a long-arm machine with all sorts of fancy programming tools and cool stitchery. So I wanted it to be done well, reflecting both my skill and the skill of the other people involved in the project.

It also means that I may not get photos of the finished quilt, depending on when the baby pops out. Usually the parents are not quite ready to take a lot of visitors, and that’s doubly true in COVID-aftermath.

Instead, I thought I’d give you a gallery of photos that show something of the process of doing a project like this. First you cut strips, then the strips get ironed and assembled into colorful mega-strips. Then the mega-strips get cut down into blocks, and the blocks get ironed and laid out to perfect the ordering of the squares. Finally, the quilt blocks are assembled into strips, and the strips are then matched and mated with their neighbors to form a quilt top.

All that’s left at this point is the quilting and binding, which will probably happen next week.

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