It’s interesting to me that in the quilting world a “finish” can mean many things. I finished cutting up fabric. I finished piecing the top. I finished quilting but I still need to bind. I actually finished the whole quilt and caboodle.
A pieced top is called a flimsy. So technically today’s share is not only a WIP (work in progress) but also a flimsy finish. That does present a problem for me as to where to link up this post. Do I link it up with a work in progress link? Or a finish link? Not both, because I am just not that much of a risk taker. Go ahead and insert laughter here. Or at least a chuckle. A harrumpf maybe?
Since I pieced this top a gazillion years ago (okay maybe one and a half . . . two tops) I’m going with work in progress. Because it has suddenly bugged me that it’s not actually finished.
Also my husband recently commented that for all the fabric I buy, I don’t have much to show for it. That’s the problem with quilters – one, they tend to give things away and two, they tend to have a bazillion works in progress. And when you’ve been focused on quilting for a mere six months like me (plus have two small kids in tow) . . . well, you don’t have much around the house to stare at.
So I’m working on this so we have something stare at. Because it’s a bed runner. And they really aren’t useful other than to stare at. Unfortunately I have this bed runner ear marked for the guest room. A room in which my husband never ever enters. So really, he still isn’t going to have anything to stare at when I’m done.
This fabric was purchased as a jelly roll strip from JoAnn’s (back before I became a total designer fabric snob.) My intent simply was to learn to sew in a straight line. It was the second top I’ve ever sewn together. I had no clue I was supposed to be sewing a quarter inch seam allowance or that maybe I should have cut the selvage edge off first (meh, I can do that later so no bigs really.)
There’s also a snag, which I knew about before sewing, but as this was a precut roll and I had a color pattern in mind I decided to leave it be and deal with it later. I’ll just iron some sort of stabilizer to the back and it’ll be fine, especially with the amount of use it’ll be getting.
It’s cheap fabric. And rainbows are a bit overdone in the quilt world. But I think it’s pretty. And the lines really are pretty straight. Well before I discovered the quarter inch seam presser foot too.
If you are new here I should warn you I put things in trees to photograph.
Then they tend to fall off.
This is less annoying with fabric than cookies though.
I’m hoping to work on quilting this soon. I’ve already picked up the backing fabric – a super cool large scale print called Big City that’s going to be perfect! I might even like the back better so I may be flipping the bed runner over on occasion to mix things up.
I’m working on prepping and painting my kitchen and dining room right now, but hopefully I can get this project quilted and bound in the next few weeks. Then I’d like to focus on a paper pieced block of the month wall hanging that I’m a month and three quarters behind on. Oh and I have a half square triangle baby quilt to finish up as well and a toddler bed plus quilt and a modern disappearing nine patch. But what do I mean by finish? You’ll just have to wait and find out on that one.
Oh, the drama here at Midwestern Bite.
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