Last year I bought a rag quilt for Sue for her birthday, and she uses it all the time, so I thought this might be the perfect gift for Carolyn. I started it about 1:00, by 10 pm it was in the washer to shrink and fluff up. of course i stopped within the time to have dinner, a few decadent snacks and walk the pups.
My sister convince me that I needed the rag quilt die to make this and I am so grateful. I never would have made it through the quarter inch slashes on every join and around the perimeter. The one use of the cutter paid for itself... all blocks were cut within 40 minutes and the flannel filler took less that additional 20 minutes. I chain quilted a diagonal across each square, then the other diagonal for the X, and began piecing. The layout was a fun exercise in getting things the way I wanted them, and required some seam ripping and replacing. My estimates for fabric requirements for 49 squares (7x7 block set) was a little generous so I have leftover fabric for the beginnings of another one.
Back at work, relaxed and stressed at the same time, deadlines and packages of commissioned garments arriving each day. have to style them and get ready for the photo shoot in South Beach and TNNA in Long Beach, 2 coasts in two weeks.
Off to Carolyn's, the best part of giving a late present is that no reciprocation is allowed! My story, I am sticking with it!