No longer on the design wall, John’s Gift Quilt is finished!
This quilt was a joy to construct, I highly recommend it and it’s great for beginners. All you need are 20 fat quarters… Get the free pattern here.
The pink strippie quilt top is done. One tip I’d I’d like to pass along if you’re making this pattern or any other where you’re sewing strips together: I was taught that in order to keep your strip sets straight and not bowed, you should sew them together in alternate directions. To keep track of which was which, I just left the thread tails from the beginning of the seam intact and only trimmed the ending thread tails. That way I could tell at a glance which end I started on.
I’m going to make another child-sized strippie quilt, this time in primary colors. That will probably be on the design wall next Monday.
I’m also going to make one of those “Snap-Happy” bags where you insert pieces from a metal tape measure (get them at the dollar store) into the top. Because the metal tape is curved, it flexes. You sew tabs on both sides of the bag and pull on them to open it and they snap back together and stay closed. It’s not as securely closed as a zipper, of course, so choose wisely what you’re going to keep in it. I bought my pattern here (Snap Happy II), but I wouldn’t be surprised if you could find similar directions on the internet somewhere.
That’s what I’m doing, check Judy L’s site for everyone else’s activities.