I am working on a joint project with my friend Mickey Depre ---I get to do the scrappy happy background to showcase her wonderful pieced hexies! I had a great time last night pulling fabrics to go with the hexie rosettes she sent me. We are hoping to include this in her next book ---and this will also be the retreat project when we get that pulled together.
((Stay tuned on the retreat idea ---the first venue of Montreat, NC was not cooperating and Karen and Lisa are hard at working finding us another suitable venue! When we know more, I will post it here!))
What does kitting-up mean? I’ve had many questions of what I do to kit.
For me it means more than pulling together a bunch of fat quarters and yardage and leaving all the cutting for later.
Kitting up means I pre-cut everything I can, pinning things together in sets.
These are the fabrics I am using! Ooh…love that chartreuse against the darker green and pinks!
I have pre-cut and matched together things that will be strip pieced and sub-cut later, pinning them to their corresponding block parts. Stacks of squares are also counted out and pinned together so that I don’t have loose pieces getting shuffled all over. Small sets of triangles are already matched with right sides together and cut…and those are in a sandwich baggie to keep them together until it is time to sew them as well.
I honestly don’t know how I could live without zip lock bags!
The entire quilt is cut and ready to go here ---amazing how it all fits in a one gallon zip lock bag! I’ll squeeze all the air out and it won’t take up any space in my suitcase at all! I did include a few “extra” strips of each fabric just in case I run into a snafu….but it’s all in the bag!
The BEST part about having everything pre-cut as much as possible is that when I have a few moments to sew a block….the pieces are ready to go. There is no fumbling with having to iron a wrinkled fat quarter or find a place in a hotel room to use as a cutting surface. Instant sew-ability!
SO yummy together!
A sweet friend, Allison – is loaning me her Featherweight, Lola while I am in Texas! I have another loaner featherweight waiting for me in Arizona.
This year I’m going to see how it goes borrowing a machine at each destination I fly to, rather than trying to fly with one. We will see how it goes. I will be able to travel with a machine on driving trips, but for flying –I’m not wanting to risk a machine again. I’m gun-shy after what happened last July.
And with that – I better get that trunk show packed up!
My OWN hexie project awaits in my busy bag for airport/airplane stitching today too…..
Best not forget my thimble!
Much love, everyone! It’s been so great to be home the past 5 weeks ----