A bit ago I posted this photo on our Instagram account. It was of the mystery quilt….a finished top, loaded and ready to go.
Mary from Country Threads left a comment on the post:
“How in the world did you get that assembled so fast? I’m just to Border 2! I hate handling big quilts back and forth from the ironing board to the machine! And you’re probably doing day care at the same time! Yikes!”
Mary is a hoot!! We always tease each other back and forth. Mary calls this a big quilt. It was 72″ x 72″. I call this a little quilt. Mary makes lots of baby quilts to throws, to table runners to table toppers. Yep. This would be a big quilt.
Me…I made quilts that are typically 90″ x 90″ up to 100″ x 100″. I rarely make anything smaller so for me, this was a little quilt.
Mary is an ironer. Here’s my true confession….I ironed VERY little in making this. VERY LITTLE. I ironed my finished blocks and I didn’t iron again until I put on the last border. I don’t iron. I know tons of you are thinking I’m crazy but I don’t like to iron and I think it’s highly overrated. Our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers made quilts all the time and I can almost guarantee they didn’t run to the iron after every seam. Who would if you were using those old sad irons?? As long as there are seams to but up to that hold a place, I don’t iron.
Can you tell when you look at my quilts? Do mine look “unironed” and problematic?
For me, once something is ironed, it’s not flexible anymore. I can’t flip the seam as well and they don’t but up the right way without ease. The fabric doesn’t “stretch” as well if I was slightly off on my cutting or piecing and I need it “stretch” so the seams match. No matter how careful I am…no matter is my seam allowance and cutting is good, I love having the seams be as noncommittal as possible until I sew them down in place. This way I can flip them with ease.
Once it is all together…Yes I iron. I iron a lot and with some spray starch. Then I like my quilts nice and flat, ironed to perfection.
As far as quilting during childcare. Bahahaha!! I don’t….well not really. On the day Mary wrote this my new baby that came to childcare last week, drank a bottle at 10 am…then cried from 10:30 to 10:50…screaming and no matter what I did she wouldn’t calm down. At 10:50 she promptly fell asleep.
I hit the ground running. I was trying to do everything I could before she woke up. I fed the older kids….they all went potty….we cleaned up the toys….I read a couple books….we went potty again….they all laid down for nap. Every minute I was rushing thinking the baby is going to wake up. I did all of the things I needed to have done before she woke….but she didn’t wake so I…
Ironed the pieces I had sewn for Geese on a String in Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Frenzy.
Here’s 212 to go with what I already had. Enough for two quilts.
Still the baby didn’t wake….It was 12:50pm.
Hm…what else could I do? THIS….Cut binding strips for the mystery quilt. Done.
Baby was STILL sleeping. I kept checking on her. Hmm. It was almost time for her next bottle.
Well I thought I could quick press Hunter’s Star.
She was STILL sleeping. I went in and sat with Carver and the other little boy who don’t fall asleep the best….10 minutes later they were sleeping and my baby was STILL sleeping.
Hmm. What else could I do? Well I cut out the quarter square triangle pieces that go on the four patches for the quilt.
(note: They are pink not red. I don’t know what was up with the camera)
The baby was still sleeping. She slept even longer….for 3 1/2 hours!!!!!!!! (She would have slept longer but I woke her up) I had ran around anticipating that she’d be up in just a few minutes as before she’d only slept for an hour at the most for me. I had EVERYTHING ELSE DONE so I could do sewing things….the time was like winning the jackpot. I never get this much time to do quilty things in one day of childcare as I don’t do any of it while they are awake. I can press a quilt…iron a few pieces…cut a batch of binding strips but only ONE of those things. I NEVER can I do all of this.
I’m not counting on it ever happening again…but if it does, I won’t complain.
…so no Mary. I didn’t sew the quilt in between childcare. I did do A LOT (on this day) during naptime though.
So are you like Mary and thought this was a big quilt…or like me and thought this was a little quilt???