Each year in November I get out the vintage suitcase of Christmas fabric. It is all wonderful fabric. I dream of what I will make with it.
Then I get busy with Thanksgiving and then decorating for Christmas. Then there is shopping, etc. Come January and everything comes down and gets packed away and I am out of the mood. Alas, I have a lovely fabric collection!
Quilt In A Day!
We all know this slogan and some of us have heard Elinor Burns explain where her logo name came from. She was chatting on the phone with a friend one evening and the gal mentioned that she had been to a class and made a quilt in a day! I know some of our recipients think that is all it takes, but us quilters know the difference. Well, I discovered that I can make a quilt back in a day! Just use very big pieces of fabric.
Recently I was hunting through my stuff for something and discovered a few coordinating fabrics. I knew that they would never become the front of one of my quilts, but why not the back. The next day I put the back together for a quilt that that had recently been finished. TaDa! I used fabric I had and now there is a space in the stash closet!
I will admit that I still love the fabric and saved enough to make a few placemats! Of course that project is now stashed away.
Most of us do not enjoy putting the binding on a quilt. It is so big to sew around. I am thankful that I have several tables that can set beside my machine for the event. When preparing the binding for this quilt, I realized that I would not like the same color of fabric on both sides. Orange was going on the front and there was a deep blue fabric on the back. A few years ago I had heard of two fabric binding and it was perfect for this project. If you use 2-1/2″ binding, cut one inch strips of the front fabric and 2″ strips of the back fabric. Sew the strips together and you have 2-1/2″ binding. I am a 2-1/4″ gal so I use 7/8″ and 1-3/4″ strips.
You can also see how this works when you don’t have enough of the desired fabric for a binding. I was really amazed that I had prepared it right when I finished the quilt top. Usually I don’t and when the quilt returns a few months later……You know the routine.
Well, I have enjoyed this sit down break. Now I am going back to getting out decorations. I am listening to Christmas music and yesterday I purchased some evergreen smelling stuff. But nothing beats the real thing! Enjoy your prep time!