Today Quilt-y Cousin had to go to work so I was on my on for quilting adventures. QC works for the town of Roxbury, mainly for the Selectmen but she is the go-to gal for many people in the town who want information. You should take a trip to the grocery store with her!! It’s like trailing along behind a famous person.
After a trip to DD (Dunkin’ Donuts) this morning with the DH (dear husband), and a super quick trip to Wally World which turned out to be a basic Wally World, rather than a Super Wally World without a hair salon, it was back to get the laundry done and then on to quilting.
I love hanging clothes out on the line. I haven’t done it since I was here last summer. During the rest of the year, it’s a trip to the local laundromat where I was in HOT water and dry in the HOT dryer. Safest way to keep clothes clean and free from anything that might be about. I don’t mind the trip to the laundromat as it gets it all done at once but I do enjoy this holiday of hanging on the line.
After all that, I pulled out my project box of Selvages. Quilt-y Cousin had a bag full of them for me to add to my collection and I decided it was time to do something with some of them.
Today I took a newspaper from earlier in the week. (It turns out it was waiting to be taken to a neighbor. Sorry, neighbor lady!) I cut 5″ x 10″ rectangles from the paper.
Next I laid it along the 60 degree angle line on the mat and drew lines on the 5″x10″ paper rectangles.
There they are. Twenty rectangles of paper. Ten with the angle going one way, ten with the angle going the other.
I use that angled line to line up the first selvage. Thereafter, they will all line up again the previous selvage.
On and on until the paper is filled up. The newspaper acts as a foundation to adhere the selvages to. The paper will rip away easily when I’m ready. When I had ten of them with the paper completely covered, I trimmed them to 4.5″x9.5″. You can see each selvage followed that 60 degree angle.
When I start the next ten, I will reverse the angle so they are opposites. That will have to wait for another day as I didn’t get 20 done, only 10.
While doing the selvage strips, I was also adding to my collection of leaders and enders and stitching them together in pairs.
The stitched together pairs really mounts up fast. Here they are pressed open.
After we came back from a yummy dinner of Chinese food, Nina and I began cutting our fabrics for a Quilt As You Go Table Runner. Nina has had the pattern and didn’t dare start it, so we agreed to work on one together.
This is the we are going to work on tomorrow. We cut all the strips and squares out tonight so we will be ready to roll in the morning. I got to use my new fabrics that I got on Sunday, along with other fabrics from my stash and Nina’s. We shared back and forth to get the number of different strips the pattern called for.
Can’t wait for tomorrow when we put this table runner together! Spray basting and batting are the two things I need to remember to pull out after breakfast so we can get going on it.
Keep on stitching, ladies.