Slow progress

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In random moments, I’ve been working on the king size bed quilt made from a fraction of the multitude of 2 1/2″ squares I have in my scrap bins.  The pattern is called Growing Up Odd.

It is moving slowly for a couple reasons.  One is that I ran out of the sashing fabric.  By the time I eventually replenished that, I was working on other projects and it got pushed further back in the queue.

But the second, probably stronger reason, is that I can’t quite decide how I want to proceed with this.

I really don’t want to wrestle an entire king size quilt through the harp of my sewing machine, or deal with moving the the bulk of it around for free motion quilting.  I could probably manage the whole thing at once with plain straight line quilting, but I’ve been envisioning squared off loops.  And I’m far too cheap/broke to pay for professional quilting.

I have been vaguely planning to quilt it in strips, but I haven’t really figured out how to then attach them to each other and deal with the backing.

So I keep working on other projects instead, where I really know what I am doing.

But now it is finally approaching the stage where the top is done – I have just a small amount of the sashing strips to still add.  So I’m going to have to start researching various ways to quilt in stages and how to put the pieces together.  I know the right method is out there, I just have to find it and figure it out.

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Johnna

Hello from Oregon. I am a knitter, spinner, and quilter who is constantly looking for the next fiber hobby to add.

3 thoughts on “Slow progress”

  1. Well, you could tie it, but that might not be your cup of tea. It’s the method I’ve been using for the same reason you have for not paying for professional quilting. I think your idea of quilting in strips would be the answer, maybe look on Youtube for technique? You have a lot of nice colors going on there.

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    1. I like tied quilts, but with all the seams in this one, I worry that it wouldn’t be as strong. It has to survive the wash machine since it is going to be on our bed. That is a lot of short seams that can unravel in the wash. I’ve found a couple of possibilities online, now I just need to decide. In the meantime, I’ve started another project instead. 🙂

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