I had 5 charm packs of Independence Trail by Minick & Simpson that I thought would be perfect for this quilt. I altered the pattern to use Charm Packs instead of a Layer Cake. I didn't cut my charm squares down but used the full 5", so although my quilt has fewer rows, it still ended up larger than the pattern at 85" square. I intended for this to be a lap quilt, it's just going to be a very large lap quilt now.
I didn't have enough yardage of any one fabric for the backing so I put on my thinking cap to figure out how to piece one together. (I always make the backing as soon as I finish the top even if I don't plan to quilt it right away.) It's also so wide that 2 widths of fabric aren't quite enough, so I needed to add a row in the middle.
I've already pulled out the next project I'm planning to work on. It's a UFO from when I first started quilting. Looking at it, it's obvious that I hadn't yet mastered the 1/4" seam allowance. My seams are all a very generous 1/4". It's going to make this one a bit of a challenge to finish, but I still like the fabrics and pattern, so I'm going to give it a try.
David has his way of trying to gain my attention while I'm sewing. I'm grateful these machines are so sturdy!
|David on top of my sewing machine|
But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength.
2 Timothy 4:17a (NLT)