This is the start of a quilt I am calling Sea and Shore for now. Its inspiration was a block of the month quilt I fell in love with at a quilt shop in Pennsylvania. But after buying a few monthly packets I wasn’t as in love with the fabrics they were choosing for the kits as I was with the quilt on their wall, so I dug through the stash and bought a few more blues and tans and made my own kit.
The two day quilting session this past week came at just the right time for me. I needed that little bit of motivation to get quilting again. I excitedly pulled out the kitted project, referred to my notes, and was disappointed to find that it wasn’t nearly as far along as I remembered. Everything was cut out and there were a few blocks sewn and fewer waiting to be sewn, but that was it. This thing has a ton of half square triangles, so I started in on the larger of those.
We had to move on Saturday, so I didn’t get as much sewing time as I wanted. Part of that was my fault. This trip, we’ve been trying to work through the storage in the RV and clean out stuff we don’t use. The cabinet where the quilting projects are stowed was a hot mess. I pulled everything out on Thursday, and on Friday fixed the sagging shelf in there and neatened up and put everything back, minus the cat. Plus getting everything else ship-shape and ready to move, that took most of Friday.
All the large half-square triangles got sewn, though, and I’m about halfway through trimming them. I like to use the method where you draw a diagonal line down the middle of a larger square, sew ¼ inch on either side of the line, then cut down the line to make two half-square triangles. The usual instructions for that method say to cut your squares 7/8” larger than the finished square (so for a finished 4 inch unit you would cut 4 7/8 inch) but I prefer to cut an inch longer and trim the edges, which are always uneven in my experience.
The trimming is tedious in the extreme, so the untrimmed units sit out on the cutting mat and in breaks from other things during the day I trim five minutes at a time. Hoping to have all the triangles for this quilt completed in the next week or so, and then the fun begins!
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