In April, shortly after finishing the Organized Chaos quilt-top, I cast about for another pattern, but soon realized that I wouldn't be satisfied creatively unless I designed my own. I decided on a dandelion motif.
Well, it's official: I'm a quilter! This spring I have been prolific in sewing, if not orderly in blogging about it. For the record, here are the quilts I worked on in March/April of 2021, in the order that I worked on them. I will come back and add links as I blog them:
* String piecing is not to be confused with strip piecing, which is what my Organized Chaos quilt was. String piecing uses strips of variable sizes, for a "stringy" look, while strip piecing uses carefully cut strips of uniform sizes, in prescribed patterns.
Some people get bitten by the quilting bug; I came down with a quilting virus, which lay dormant in my system for years, flaring up occasionally, but never overcoming my garment-sewing resistance. I had enough quilting projects to justify a tag, but I didn't call myself a quilter.
No more! Just as viruses awaken when resistance is low, so my quilting virus awoke as I lost motivation to sew other things. Since June 2020, I have been happily working at a job which requires me to wear boring clothes. What's the fun in spending my days-off sewing a silk dress or pair of jodpurs, only to deck myself in polyester matte jersey pants and a tee shirt for my work week? If I never get to wear the fun stuff, why sew it? But quilts are useful always, and make great gifts...
Time to get the first thing off my UFO pile! I started these quilted jumps, a kind of casual 18th Century substitute for stays, back in 2015, using an older sewing machine. I re-found them in 2017, and put them in my working pile again, and now I am finally done! (Just as Spring arrives and I have no reason to wear them for months!)
Quilting, dressmaking, and history plied with the needle...
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