There is a family wedding coming up NEXT spring. When I was at my Friendship Circle meeting recently, discussing the possibilities of being a bridesmaid, the next question was, of course, “Are you making them a wedding quilt?” I hadn’t thought of that (DUH!), but of course, it seemed like a great idea (I know you’re thinking it… “it seemed like a great idea AT THE TIME”).
With the assistance of my dear guild pals (whose job is to aid and abet in fabric shopping, get me outside my comfort zone in projects, and to of course, coach, cheer, and commiserate in the many small puzzles and victories along the way), I have now chosen the pattern and purchased the fabric and notions. I’m ready to start diving in with cutting, assembling, and working through my block-based phobias. I am prepared to confront my fear of interpreting traditional quilt pattern directions. I have 11 months to finish this. I have eleven months to finish this. I think I can. I think I can.
But enough talking- on to the eye candy and the details. The pattern is Faceted Jewels, by Glad Creations, Inc. of Minneapolis. (Very prompt service using their site- I got the pattern and tools in just a couple days) My guild friends have great things to say about their patterns- that the directions are well tested, and the borders are interesting, etc. M up in Eleveth, MN is the one who suggested this for K & D’s wedding quilt. (She made a Faceted Jewels quilt with batiks that was GORGEOUS.)
Yesterday I headed to Rather Bee Quilting in Lake City, MN, and spent a sum of money on fabrics. I like the look of batiks, and I think they will make a suitably chic and modern quilt for the lovely couple who live in NYC. Here’s what I got:
I am particularly pleased that I could get the pre-cut strips of assorted darks and lights, since the pattern calls for up to 18 different dark fabrics and up to 18 different light fabrics, many of which get cut into 2.5 inch strips. I figure the assorted pre-cut strip packs have saved me at least 2 hours of cutting, as well as about 1 hour of time agonizing about which fabrics to choose. (As I often say, if you’re going to be lazy, it’s best to be efficient!)
This makes me even more energized to get going on the quilt. I think I can, I think I can. I can figure out this triangle paper. I can figure out the Tri-Recs rulers. I am smart. I was great in geometry in school. I have a sister (a math teacher) who can do quilt border yardage calculations in her head. I’ve got people. I’ve got Facebook to send out distress messages on. This is going to be a FUN project. I can overcome my fear of traditional quilt patterns. The quilt will be pretty and warm, and I know K & D are going to love it. That’s what’s going to be the best part. Stay tuned. More to follow.