Operation Quilt: Day 3

at the end of the day

I sewed 31 squares today. It was brutal. Just kidding. It wasn’t that bad but I am sort of feeling weary of all this fabric and wishing I could just stuff it in a box somewhere and forget about it. But I can’t. I did that once before. I have a quilt somewhere in the depths of one of my mom’s storage sheds. I think I was fifteen when I started it. I should dig it up and see if I hate the fabric. It’s funny how tastes change with time.

some combos I really like

I’ve been thinking how tastes in colors and combinations change with time as I sewed together odd combination after odd combination. I like clashing fabrics but I have this feeling that Bug will probably grow up to hate them. It will be cool again when she has kids but I wonder if the quilt will last that long?

It’s sort of fun to work carefully on something that might live longer than you do. I asked my mom if she thought this quilt would last longer than I will and she was doubtful. I guess it depends on how well I sew it, what Bug does with it in her lifetime and how long I plan on living. I’m aiming for 80 but who knows…

sewing with my Mom

It’s great to sit at a table sewing and talk about life and things with your mom. Especially when your kid is happy and playing with your nieces. I should pay those kids for babysitting. They played all day long, only stopping long enough to wolf down lunch and dinner.

odd couple

I’m not sure what Bug and SuperChic were playing here but they were pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend for a good portion of the day. It was hilarious. Poor Bug was the boy most of the day. I don’t know if that was her choice or if SuperChic bullied her into it. She didn’t seem to mind being the boy. Though at one point I heard her yell at Superchic, “You’re not going to marry me and I’m not going to marry you!”

SuperChic fashion

I think SuperChic took the rejection well.

running out of thread

Anyway, I quilted all day. At the end of the day I ran out of thread. Not part of the plan but it was just as well because I needed to stop. Quilting, it’s not for the weak.

For those of you who are not bored of this quilting subject, below is the general plan.

It’s just a sketch of course, the squares are more varied (I’m working with 12 different flour sacks) and more lined up. In between and around the edges will be three inch strips of off-white muslin. My mom is trying to get me to do a 1 inch wide strip of small squares around the border… I might do that. I’m not sure. I had wanted a queen size quilt but I’ll need 80 squares for that and right now I only have 31. I think I have enough fabric to do about 30 more… so I’m thinking I’ll be able to make a twin size quilt with 60 squares… that’s the plan.

Here was my first idea:


Here’s the new plan:


I’m going to hand quilt it. (I’m nuts.) I know it will take me a thousand years but I kind of like the idea of having something to do with my hands while I watch tv. Right now I never watch tv because I always feel like I should be doing something else. So maybe this way I’ll keep busy and watch tv! Silly plan, I know but I’m sticking to it. Besides I like sewing by hand.