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Found the Emerald City

I finished my quilt using the Oz fabric by Moda (2010) over the holiday weekend. I am really pleased with the quilt I never intended to sew. First of all triangles! Second of all, self-binding! Third, it’s actually quilted! (ok, machine quilted, but I did it!)

I had hoped to incorporate yellow as the border but it just didn’t look right. I really thought it needed a yellow brick road but instead it got a green flannel backing. I was thoroughly surprised at how easy it was to self-bind. OK, I cursed a little but really, I was pleased with the results.

And really, as much as I keep saying “no more quilts” or even “the last quilt I make will be for the baby” that is all a big lie. Over the weekend a friend delivered two large tubs of quilting fabric, flannel, and fleece. It was even mostly matched by color! So even after I got rid of fabric recently, I’ve acquired more. I think I’m going to have to eat this elephant one bite at a time. Or quilt one stitch at a time.

I figure I have plenty of time to work on some sewing before the baby comes. At least, I have about five more weeks before we know what it is and I can throw myself into sewing for the room. Yes, there are more important things than pretty curtains and happy blankets they won’t use but it’s fun to indulge a little. After all, it isn’t like I don’t have fabric…

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I should stop saying never.

Really, I said I’d never quilt. In the last year, I made three quilts. THREE!!! Ok, granted, I never really “quilted” them, I mean, that’s a lot of work. And patience. And who has the time unless you are 50+ and maybe have a lot of cats? That’s an unfair statement but once my blanket is put together, I really am done with it. I like short projects that can be finished and used and not sit and me say things like “wow, only 11/12 left to quilt. Glad I decided to do this by hand.” (that’s a true conversation. I ended up ripping out my hand stitches and went with little yarn ties.)

I was going thru my stash last night and thought I’d do a simple tag blanket for our church bazaar. Instead, I found quite a bit left of my Moda fabric from the Oz collection. After I cut it up, I thought “hey, I can try my hand at triangles! who cares, right?” So off I went, measuring, cutting, drawing diagonal lines and sewing a quarter inch on each side…and I came up with…

It’s just started. That’s 36 squares and I have 36 more (I think) and then I’ll attempt to sew it together. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet. It’s cute but I don’t know if it’ll go to the bazaar or a friend or where. Oz, maybe :) We’ll see how it goes. I still need to find a border for it and backing. Again, just not sure.

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