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...
This is the "Organized Chaos" quilt, by Cozy Quilt Designs. It's part of their Strip Club line, which means quilts made by cutting long strips, or buying jelly-rolls of pre-cut strips. I had it (provenance unknown) as a kit, with pre-cut 2.55" strips of batik fabric, though I had to provide my own fabric as well, for the borders, repeating colors, and backing.
Once I settle on an arrangement of blocks, I sew them together into strips, and then into the quilt top. Then it's time for the borders; Rosanne offers some lavender cotton from her stash. Meanwhile, Pretty Kitty takes her role as quilt inspector very seriously.
When it's all pieced, it's time to quilt it. I have a few options here:
Quilting, dressmaking, and history plied with the needle...
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