Cut, Cut, Cut and FMQ QAL

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Irish Chain Twist QAL

I took a break from the EPP rosette for February to cut fabric for this week’s assignment in Melissa of Happy Quilting’s Irish Chain Twist QAL. The cutting list looked daunting at first, but I kept at it and was actually able to cut all the pieces. Melissa’s cutting instructions are super easy to follow.

I even cut my binding today. I absolutely hate cutting binding after I have pieced and quilted. It feels like going backwards instead of forward towards completion. I’m sure that many of you do this all the time, but this is a first for me. I usually don’t have the forethought to pick out a binding fabric when I get started. Sometimes this is good, as I’ve changed tracks after piecing a quilt and not having binding fabric allows me to audition different options. More often though, I finish piecing and quilting and know exactly the direction I want to take the binding………….. and I can’t find the fabric I have my heart set on or I have none left from piecing and can’t find any more because I don’t know what it was called nor do I remember where I bought it. For this QAL I know that I want to revisit the orange that will be used for the appliqué blocks -easy, peasy, leamon squeezy.

Wow, I sure am wordy tonight. Cut to the picture. (See what I did there? Ha ha – snort.)ICT QAL step 2

Mystery Free Motion QAL

Lori of The Inbox Jaunt has added tasks to her Mystery Free Motion QAL. So far we have

  1. Zig-zagged across our mini to divide it into sections
  2. Practiced writing and then wrote our names and the date in the bottom rectangle.
  3. Cut out a paper spool template and practiced some filler patterns (I didn’t do anything that week – sigh)

Today’s assignment was to practice spools. I traced the template twice on my practice sandwich and then free-handed the rest. The fill had me a bit stumped. I quikly learned that looking up at the birds on the feeder was not conducive to quilting smoothly, so I kept my head down and filled my practice square. After practicing and warming up, we were to quilt one spool in the center rectangle.

*We weren’t supposed to write anything under the spool, but I have a hunch we will be exploring different weights  and types of thread, and I wanted a record of what I used.  (King Tut 3-ply/50 weight – a cotton thread) Here is my practice and progress. (Still hate those zig-zags)

FMQ Along

Now for a question. How do you keep track of your fabric (designer/design/where you bought it)? This was never an issue for me until recently when I posted a photo for a QAL and someone asked me what the fabric was. That time I had the selvedge. As mentioned earlier with binding, I am really bad at remembering where I bought the fabric, much less who designed it and what it is called. I’ve marvelled for quite some time now at the bloggers who know the names of all 50 fabrics they used in their gorgeous scrappy quilt. This will never be me. If you ask me, you might get “um, it’s called ‘Buy Me Because I’m Really Pretty’.

Believe me, I’ve tried to be more organized. I’ve tried…..

  • keeping a notebook
  • keeping a notebook with a swatch
  • taking pictures with my phone of the bolt end
  • making a label,
  • writing the info on a swatch and saftey pinning it to the fabric

None of these methods really sticks with me and none of them work if you happen to buy the fat quarter that didn’t have a marked selvedge.

So, do you keep track of your fabric’s name/designer/place of purchase? If you do, please share your method with me. Please.



3 thoughts on “Cut, Cut, Cut and FMQ QAL

  1. I don’t keep track of my fabrics. If the information is on the selvage and I am only cutting a bit of the fabric I try to leave the selvage intact. Otherwise I just don’t worry about where I got it or what it is! There’s always something new to add the the stash so the list would not be manageable. However if you want to keep track you could always scan the fabric and set up a folder where you could save the scan for future reference.

    I’m very impressed with your machine quilting skills. You are turning into a real pro!

  2. I am always amazed at the way quilters know all their fabrics too. If I buy a bundle of something or use a precut then I can tell you what it is because I have the tag. But when I get small cuts to build my stash there is no way I track them. I suppose I could find a system, but who has that kind of time?? I’m just happy to have fabric to work with!! 🙂

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