“The Cobbler’s Children have no Shoes” may be a bit of an exaggeration. Suzie does have a quilt on her bed, but it’s NOT a special one that she made start to finish FOR her bed! She decided it’s high time she did so…here’s the process.
She began by scouring PNQS for her favorite colors (it happened to be blue that day!) PNQS has oodles and oodles of coordinated fat quarter bundles already cut for you, so that will save you time and color matching anxiety, if you suffer from that like Suzie sometimes does.
Next comes THE WORST PART…that dreaded C word – cutting. But alas, Suzie has help in that department! Meet her new favoritest and bestest friend in the whole wide world, the Accuquilt Go Big Cutter and her pal, die #55015! She can crank them 3 1/2″ tumblers out 18 at a time, and Suzie didn’t even have to set down her coffee mug! The only cutting that had to be done was the rough-cutting of the strips to lay on the die.
Voila! Just as easy as that, you have 18 pieces to sew! Now that’s progress, I say!
Now we head to the machine. Notice that the dog ears are cut off for PERFECTISH (in Suzie’s case) 1/4″ seams!
Chain-piece these little buggers whilst you binge on your favorite television series or indulge in a e-book!
Sew 2 pieces together, then 4’s, and on and on until it’s big enough to cover your bed! I wanted a lot of drape on the sides of my bed, so my rows ended up 43 units long! I got a lot of Netflix in, as you can imagine.
When it came to the backing, I really had no choice – minkee all the way! I love the way it looks quilted, and you just can’t beat the snuggle factor it provides!
Stay tuned for the finished product – I plan to use a bias binding and leave the sides jagged, so that may provide me with another experience to share with you and no doubt, lots of new gray hairs!
Piece out, Suzie
Twas the night before Friday and all through the studio there is a flurry of activity as I clear my table in anticipation of the second clue. I wonder what it might be this week. The cheery red and white four patches remind me of peppermints and Christmas. The coffee is set and my clothes laid out. I am an early riser by nature and I wake early to begin checking my phone for the next clue.
It seems the world over is urging Bonnie to wake and to post the next clue…this is a testament to the positive power she has near and far...even across the water to Australia.
It’s Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt time and the theme is Good Fortune! What a lovely sentiment….good fortune. I have had the Good Fortune to be surrounded by friends and family both far and near and although the mystery is a special blessing for those whose families are scattered or gone for me it is a Blessing and a time for renewal and reflection.
This is the fourth mystery quilt I have chosen to create in the last 5 years. I took one year off and there are parts of me that still regret that decision. However, my design wall clearly called my name and asked that I finish a few of my own projects…..I completed 4 between Thanksgiving and Christmas...how, it’s a bit of a mystery.
Sunday afternoons mean lazy naps for some, football for others and for me it means cutting time.
I am usually rested and ready to set up my weeks sewing projects. At the end of a work day it’s easy peasy to sew a few seams here and there and by the end of the week I am ready for another Sunday afternoon cutting session.
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