I haven’t been operating at full horsepower in the past week with the many things on my To Do list.
But at least I’m motoring with the Truck Quilt. It was a slow start, but now I’m winding my way up through the gears. Sorry, sorry, it’s all this associating with truck drivers, it does something to my metaphors.
The quilt is fully cut out, and is being pieced together. Cutting was pretty unexciting: I had to dismember shirts, press and square up the pieces, cut carefully to capture logos and names, and cut even more carefully to ensure I got enough pieces of the right size. That said, I was quite relaxed about cutting because they were just rag bag shirts, and I wasn’t going to destroy some fabric treasure by a careless slip of the rotary cutter. A clear case of ‘measure once, cut… whatever’!
Because the three guys (with the possible exception of the Husband) have never even heard of the Quilt Police, I’m operating on the ‘finished is better than perfect’ principle and they will have a quilt soon instead of perfectly matched seams. Possibly, in fact, by the time the Husband goes back on shift in 4 days’ time. It’s hard to get a good photo, because all the reflective tape reads as either white or grey, but never all white or all grey, so it looks messy.
The backing is a blue and white flannelette sheet I already have, so no piecing needed there. The binding is the only thing exercising my mind – I don’t want to buy fabric to finish it (this is a recycled quilt, after all!), so I either have to fish something suitable out of the stash, or make up a very, very scrappy binding from leftover bits, none of them much more than 6″ long. Soooooo many seams… I think I have some navy solid somewhere!
The Tialys box is making gentle progress. You have to wait for glue to dry at this stage, and it’s strong fabric adhesive that needs a while, so I won’t be finishing that in a tearing hurry. I think I need to invest in some quilter’s binding clips, those clothespegs do the job but they catch on things; the clips are neater.
Now I just have to resist the temptation to start yet another project before these two are done. Beginnings are always easier than endings, for me at any rate.