Friday, April 6, 2012

Quilting in an Apartment

For the longest time, I've wanted to go North out of town to a quilting store in the country - it's called the "Quilting Hen." Finally, one Saturday, Grizz surprised me with a trip there! I bought this bundle! I love the feel of these 30s reproduction fabrics.

 Last week, I finally decided what I wanted to make with it and I started cutting. It's a "Disappearing 9-Patch" quilt... and once I remember whose blog I found the tutorial for it at, I'll definitely post it! It's quite simple though - you cut some squares, you sew them into 9-patches and then you cut the 9-patches into quarters and sew those into a quilt top!

Because I had a bundle of quarter-yard cuts, my squares are 4.5" to use as much fabric as possible. I was able to get 18 squares out of each fabric. I only used 16 out of the 20 fabrics in the bundle, so I could save the baby fabrics for something else. I decided to keep color pairs together instead of doing it totally random.

 Sewing a quilt top in an apartment can be tricky! I didn't want to run from the living room to the 2nd bedroom (aka my craft room) bringing piles of blocks with me to sew into strips. Thus, here's my makeshift, moveable sewing cart! :) I can sit at the chair and sew the strips without worrying about messing up the pattern.

 Once I sew the strips, I bring them over to the "dining room" to lay out. Once I finish the strips, I'll bring my sewing cart over here to sew the strips together! (Look by the window; we've planted a few veggie-seeds in pots... but it started snowing today, so they're inside for awhile longer.)

I went back and forth deciding how to arrange my blocks. I went with strips across, strips diagonal, but I decided on an x-arrangement. Can't wait to show it off when I get the top done!

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  1. I really like the way you are rearranging your D9P blocks, can't wait to see it done! It seems however much room we is never enough. Great setup!
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  2. It's looking good! Great fabrics, I think it was worth the trip.