Posts Tagged ‘Twist and Turn’

The Suck It Up, Buttercup Effect

October 11, 2017

I made a public announcement that I would have two (2) quilts ready for our guild’s annual charity donation. The tops were finished, but I still had to quilt and bind them. The deadline is next month, but knowing what a procrastinator I am, I gave myself a stern talk. “Will it be easier to finish the quilts tomorrow, Self? The next day? The next week? What’s wrong with now? Suck it up, Buttercup, and get them done.”

Amazingly enough, it worked. Both are finished.

The Twist-and-Turn pattern is great for making quilts you intend to be used. You can let the fabric do the work.

The backing is made from black and yellow prints like the binding – stars, polka dots and squares.

Here is the binding I used on the cowgirl quilt I showed a couple of weeks ago. It was the only piece in the collection large enough to cut all the strips. Now the quilt is finished and the collection has been reduced to a couple of strips. Mission accomplished.

Luck and wisdom!

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Embracing Mindlessness

August 2, 2017

Getting back into a creative groove after even a short interruption can be discouraging. While trying to get into a mindful frame, in my head I told myself to be mindless. Yeah, I was that tired. Still, it did lead to an epiphany: if you can’t be creative, you can be tidy. So I embraced my mindlessness and sewed binding on three quilts.

This is the quilt with the coppery binding. Here is a detail.

This is another baby quilt using the same pattern, Twist and Turn.

It goes together quickly, uses up scraps, and has no corners to match. The perfect pattern.

This baby quilt used some orphaned blocks and a novelty print of sea otters. I had to redo some of the quilting because the tension was off, but as it happens picking out stitching is an ideal task when your brain isn’t working well anyway.

Luck and wisdom!