If I Knew You Were Coming I'd a Baked a Quilt

It turns out that the island in the middle of our kitchen is the perfect cutting station. My big cutting mat fits perfectly upon it. And it's the correct height so my back doesn't hurt too much after hours of cutting. Because I can't just craft in reasonable spurts. I do marathon crafting for hours on end. Cause I'm silly that way.

Kitchen as Cutting Room

I've started working on a quilt that I originally started about 8 years ago. I'm not kidding. It was the second quilt that I decided to make and I picked out a bunch of the fabric with my mom while on a trip to CT. This was in the days before they charged you an arm and a leg for overweight baggage.

Making Little Pieces from Big Pieces

Cutting the fabric is my least favorite part of quilt making. I think it's because I'm not very good at it. I'm just starting to get the hang of actually getting the pieces to be the correct size. But making sure that the grain of the fabric is going in the right direction? That's still way beyond me. I know it will reflect in the quality of my quilts, but oh well. Apparently I can only work on one cutting skill at a time.

I spent a lot of time squaring up pieces that I had cut 8 years ago. There are 2 setting triangles that I will have problems with since they are off about 1/4 of an inch. But all the rest seem good. And I have way more fabric left for the stash than I thought I would. Yay stash!

Odds and Ends

Since I was in the kitchen, I grabbed a mixing bowl to collect the odds and ends of fabric as I cut. What a great idea! So much nicer than getting bits of fabric caught up in what you are working with, which is what I usually do. I love the way the bowl looks all filled up with fabric. Like I'm baking a quilt.

I can't wait for my sewing machine to get back from the shop so I can start with the piecing!

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