Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Work In Progress Wednesday

On Monday, my friend Beth and I hit a few of the local shops on the Treasure Valley Shop Hop (more to come on our big Saturday trip soon). One of the stops was Nancy's Quilts and More (no website) - I love this shop, it might be my favorite local shop. Nancy has her shop in her home, she has one room dedicated to Christmas fabrics, another room for baby fabrics (and some Valentine's Day and Halloween mixed in) as well as a couple other rooms of all of the "other stuff." Now, when I tell you the shop is in her home, I mean it is IN HER HOME! The cashier table is set up in the kitchen...where she cooks fact, she was pulling cinnamon rolls out of the oven, cinnamon rolls that she shares with her customers (and they were delish)!!

While at Nancy's, I decided to buy 2 charm packs of Chrysalis. I had NO IDEA what I was going to do with it, but thought I needed to have it - maybe she puts something in those cinnamon rolls that makes you want to buy things you don't really need ;). Didn't I just post recently about needing to know who for and what I was going to use precuts for before buying some?
I got these charm packs home and still didn't know what to use them for. I was thinking of adding something to them to make a larger quilt but, because I didn't have anything on hand, I just started sewing the squares together randomly, 10 rows of 8 to make the 'what.'
A baby quilt top:
I decided that I love using precuts. Obviously because you don't have to spend the time cutting them. It was nice that there were not threads fraying all over the place. Most of all, I think I discovered that my inaccuracies must come from cutting because nearly every single one of these corners match up beautifully and that is abnormal for me. I see more precuts in my future, after answering "who?" and "what?".

I still have no idea about the 'who' on this quilt top but it will be nice to have this on hand for the next baby girl I know. I'm not sure when I'll get around to finishing the quilt, I guess I was in need of a quick project and was so excited about using the precuts that I whipped this quilt top out in no time at all (a few hours including cooking dinner and getting the kids ready for bed).

I've kind of been thinking lately about my projects, quilts, knitting, even things like cleaning my house. I've decided I may be somewhat A.D.D. about them and I like to move on quickly so big (time consuming) projects aren't my thing. I love doing bee blocks for this reason, they are done quick. My 4 inch section of an Oddball knit blankets is nothing....but don't even ask about the progress of this blanket! So, the above quilt top will be put away for awhile (especially because I really need to pack - also and A.D.D. task for me), but hopefully I can finish it soon, especially being on the smaller scale of quilts, it may be just what I need someday for a quick project - especially to test out my quilting skills, as I've only machine quilted one quilt (straight free motion quilting here yet).


Stray Stitches said...

Love the fabrics in the charm pack. I think a lot of us quilters have A.D.D. Someone recently told me it should be Q.A.D.D. - lol!

RenegadeQuilter said...

You need to send me secific's on this shop. I will be down there soon & would love to go check it out.

Nancy said...

I jump from project to project, too. I like the variety.

Quilting would be more fun for me if I didn't have to measure and cut. ;oD

Shannon said...

She does have a great shop. I was there on Saturday. My favorite shop was Quilt Expressions in Garden City. I wish I could go to the shops up north but I can't this year. Maybe next. That little quilt is so cute!!

Marjorie said...

Baby Girl?? What about Orange and Teal is gender specific? Looks like you had a great time. Happy quilting!