by Gabrielle Hume
(Lapeer, Michigan, USA)
Not quite finished - Compass
I have sewn for more than 50 years; clothing - including a rain coat and a wool winter coat; sofa & papasan chair covers; costumes for kids, adults, and horses; organizer things; etc., etc. I also worked at a Ben Franklin store in my early 20s - shopping for fabric in Scranton, PA with the boss.
Fast forward to 2015. I decided to tackle sewing a quilt. I was unemployed at the time but had oodles of fabric. I had a cutting mat, rotary cutter, and 6.5 x 24" ruler. Into the project I purchased a 5.5 square ruler. I first saw the pattern from weddingdressblue.wordpress.com (2011/07/21)
I made MANY mistakes - sewing the pieces at the wrong angle was the biggest mistake.
I got this done in a relatively short period of time (less than a year) and used my feeder foot (?) to do stitch in the ditch. Some crooked-ness with the sashing, but I used a double layer of cotton batting, so it's a cozy quilt.
What I want to share is how I kept all the little pieces sorted and off the floor - I used plastic food containers. What's great about them is that they can be stacked - nested, and even lidded, which is wonderful when there are cats living in the house.