I am in love! Yes, I admit it. I fell head over heels in love with…..my latest quilt project. Now, I know that I said I was going to work on some UFO’s and, in my defense, I did finish ONE, but then I started a new project because that lovely fabric that I bought a few weeks ago was calling out to me: “Use me! Love me!” Who am I to ignore when a fabric begs like that?!
Let me back up a little bit….did I mention that when I visited my favorite quilt store that I bought a set of Marti Michell templates? Hmmmm, I think I need to back up even more….Remember that I started some paper piecing a few months back? I thought it would be a fun project to work on while keeping hubby company while we watch tv at night. Well, anyway, it was sort of enjoyable, but I wasn’t completely sold on it. I am member of a few paper piecing and handwork Facebook groups and someone there mentioned being able to use templates rather than paper pieces. So I started doing some research and came across Marti Michell’s website. The idea behind her templates is that you cut your fabric with a rotary cutter, but you cut off those pesky points ( those always make me mess up the corner alignment) so that you know EXACTLY where to line up your patchwork pieces, and then you sew them together BY MACHINE! Yep, no handwork. All machine.
I was still a little skeptical about all this, but decided to invest in a set with a lot of pieces while at the quilt store. It wasn’t too expensive so I figured if I didn’t care for it, the investment was not that big.
So this past week, with my fabric screaming at me to use it, I pulled out my templates and started playing. OH MY!!! I made my first block and was amazed at how perfectly everything lined up!
I mean, do you SEE those star points?! I have NEVER, EVER had my points line up so perfectly before in my life! ( Not that I care that much about perfect blocks usually~ I am what I like to call a “fun-loving” quilter and do not fret over things like that~but this was just kind of exciting!). Anyway, I made this block and HAD to make another one…IMMEDIATELY. And then another.This was so much fun that all I have been doing this week is making these blocks. This is what I have so far
but I already have another 2 cut and ready to sew together today. Now you all know that I get distracted by new projects ALL THE TIME ( so much so, that I posted this quote in the Facebook group because it seemed so appropriate:) so for me to be so focused on just one project is amazing. At this point I think it might turn into a bed quilt. WHATTTT?! I never make big bed quilts because they require too much focus and attention, but yes, I really think I love these blocks and the process THAT much.:) Not to mention that it is a great scrap buster!Doing these blocks by machine is obviously not helping my quest to find something to occupy my hands at night, but I figure there are always bindings to sew on, or stitcheries to work on…
Okay, my blocks are calling me….very demanding those blocks….but I don’t mind. After all, I am in love.
Happy creating and happy weekend and p.s. I have posted a detailed tutorial in my tutorial section at the top of the page on how I made the blocks….go check it out!