Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Project

We love our couch, but the back has been against the window for ten years, and has gotten faded and worn from too much sun. This little quilt top is about half finished, and will cover the faded places nicely. I had to come up with something that I would be able to wash frequently since our cat spends about six hours a day looking out that window from the top of the couch. :>} I had to remind myself sternly that it will not matter if it fades in the sun. Quilts are meant to be used, and I much prefer sunlight coming in rather than a darkened room from closed curtains.

I found the neatest directions to do this pattern in a quick "cylinder style" strip piecing. The above portion took about two hours of cutting and sewing. Not bad! I used to be an old school quilter, using templates and tracing and cutting each piece separately from whatever little scraps I had on hand. Two years ago I finally joined the 21st century and bought a rotary cutter and decided it is perfectly okay to have a generous stash of fabric on hand. Just like other artists, quilters need supplies!

My sewing machine is out for repair, but fortunately I have a back-up. I have had my machine since 1974, and about 12 years ago I found one JUST LIKE IT!! at a garage sale for $35. I wasn't going to buy it, but my friend wanted the accessories that came with it for her similar machine (also from a garage sale) and talked me into buying the machine so she could have the accessories for $5. I am so glad to have a back up machine!


Suzanne said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I am glad to hear that you use it. I find that I sometimes dont use things I make or use my beautiful supplies.

Tine said...

It's a great idea to use the quilt on the sofa! It sounds like a really good technique you found, look at all those perfect squares! Those are not easy....
You made me laugh with the rotary cutter, I don't know what I would do without mine :-)
And a back-up machine! Lucky you!