Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
Work In Progress

Ich Bin Ein Quilter

Filed under: Daily Life,Sewing — folkcat at 11:50 am on Thursday, April 12, 2007

The mojo seems to be working, but I don’t want to dwell on that too much – mojo is easily scared away. But yesterday, I continued my productive streak.

I exercised. I worked on book stuff. And I made four – yes, four – quilt squares.

QIP - Bento Box, Squares 1-4
Quilt In Progress (QIP) – Bento Box, Squares One – Four

The cutting and sewing instructions for this pattern are very fat quarter friendly. They guide you through cutting strips, sewing some of them together, cutting the sewn strips down, and then tell you exactly what order to sew the resulting pieces in and which way to press the seams.

Follow the instructions with a pair of fat quarters, and you get the four squares you see above. Plus, you have enough fabric left over to do it again, so you can actually get two sets of these from each pair of fat quarters.

Before I do that, though, next Wednesday I’ll move on to a different pair of fat quarters. I could assemble the quilt with sets of four matching squares arranged like in the photo, but the best ones I’ve seen mix the fabrics up a lot more. I look forward to having all my combinations made up. Then I can play with layouts to see where I want to put all the squares.

Having actually sat down and pieced four quilt squares was a threshold event for me. Before, I didn’t consider myself a quilter. Now, I do. I actually experienced a near panic attack Wednesday afternoon as I faced the concept of getting out the ironing board and iron, setting up the cutting mat, and prepping the sewing machine.

I was preparing to try something very new, and was afraid of complete and utter failure. And taking up quilting signifies a major change in my self-image. I’ve always defined myself as a crafter who would do just about anything except quilting.

Thankfully, I powered through the panic and did it anyway. And I’m pleased with the results. Guess I blew that old self image out of the water, huh?

I think my cutting skills need a little work, and perhaps I need some enhancements to my meager collection of rotary cutting rulers. One set of pieces came out just a skoosh longer than they should have, but they’re easily within the range of a small cutting error, or inaccurate use of the rulers. All the rest of the parts fit together just as they should, and the tiny excess in the one piece will be easily trimmed away.

So now, I am a quilter. What else don’t I know about myself?


The weather is confusing today. So far, just rain, but they keep saying we’re going to get mixed rain and snow accumulating up to a few inches. It’s Panera night, and I’ve been trying to figure out if I’m going to brave the weather and have to drive home on sloppy, slippery roads, or stay home and watch as it does nothing but rain more.

I think we’re going to err on the side of going out, and just taking it very slowly and carefully if it turns sloppy. Keep your fingers crossed, and send good, warm thoughts our way!



Comment by Sara

April 12, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

Oh, nice block on the Bento Box quilt…yes, you’re a quilter!!! Think it will be a cool quilt…glad to see you doing it…


Comment by Christine

April 12, 2007 @ 5:57 pm

If NH is anything like northern Mass right now, then stay home tonight. It sounds like you will really see snow to watch out for Sunday night’s storm.


Comment by Carrie K

April 12, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

Oh my gosh, I’m so behind on you! That quilt looks great. ‘course you’re a quilter. You’re anything you put your mind to.

I wish I could designate days for crafts or anything. Somehow labeling it jinxes it for me. I can’t even lay out my clothes the night before though, so I’m not the best judge of that one.

Ah, the kittens! So sad about the one but the others I’m sure are just darling. Got to be careful about what you feed them nowadays too.


Comment by Telmah

April 12, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

That’s great you’ve taken to quilting– I am already drooling about all the amazing possible color combinations possible for the bento box quilt.


Comment by Claudia

April 13, 2007 @ 9:56 am

Love the Bento Box Square! I used to quilt quite a bit, haven’t done much of it in the last few years. And guess what – We’re going to NH Sheep and Wool! So we can finally hug!


Comment by Valerie in San Diego

April 13, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

Wow. That color combination is *gorgeous*. Your color sense is amazing as always.

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