There’s been a lot going on in the last week — several medical appointments (nothing major) and a particularly busy work schedule that’s meant working from home a couple evenings on top of the usual life-with-two-small-kids stuff. When that happens, sewing suffers. It’s just the way things go, right?
Nonetheless, I’ve gotten a couple things done.
I’ve started cutting fabric in preparation of the upcoming Long Time Gone sew-along that starts on March 15. I’m pretty excited about this one! I’ve never made a scrappy quilt or participated in a sew-along. But wow, this is going to be a beast of a quilt — there are 16 different blocks, and each of those has anywhere from a few to 100+ pieces, and each block is used anywhere from 1-10+ times, and then toss in filler blocks and sashing.
Bottom line is that there are a lot — like, SERIOUSLY A LOT — of pieces in this quilt. But I’ve cut 4 blocks so far, and if I can keep up the pace I might actually get all the cutting done before the sew-along officially starts. That will be a huge help when it comes to staying on track once sewing begins.
I’m also working on a secret sewing project that’s due right before Long Time Gone starts up — so whew, that timing works out well. I’m using the 5 shades of blue seen above, which arrived in the mail late last week. I was hitting a brick wall trying to work out the math for this quilt on the computer so over the weekend, I cut a bunch of colored paper strips to represent all the colors and piece sizes I need. After a few minutes of laying them out and shifting things around, I was finally able to work out the sizes and order I need.
Sometimes you just have to go back to basics!