MAKE THIS WITH ME: Sewing New Wave Columns Together

I'm questioning my dedication. Not really. Maybe a little.
Publish date:
October 25, 2014
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I had so much enthusiasm for this project at the beginning. In fact, I had a vision of this quilt on our bed that involved possibly having to repaint our bed (which is orange because Ed and I painted it orange) to match.

But the summer got long and I was having a hard time and now I am left with the feeling that comes from letting a project linger too long: inertia.

Ok, ok, inertia isn't a feeling so much as it's a property of matter (by which it continues in its existing state of rest or keeps on with its uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force) but I am made of matter so it probably still applies.

This project is in a state of rest, and I need to change the state via an external force.

Guess what?

I am hoping you will be that force -- in no small part because I just realized that it's almost November, which means it is time to stop freaking out about personal projects and start freaking out about gift-giving, holiday projects. Who has time to worry about my vision when I need to knit things and also possibly make some quilted placemats?

Would you want quilted placements for Christmas? I always feel like they're a little old-fashioned but there are so many great modern fabrics and patterns. This confusion is probably what comes after an adulthood spend eating on the couch: I no longer know how to placemat.

But life is not all gloom and craft-progress shaming, because there has been progress. Here, I will show it to you.

Can we pause for a moment and discuss just how long 94 inches is? Because that is how long these columns are. This thing is going to be a beast.

(Thanks to the commenter who mentioned the Wandering Stitches quilt shop here in Orlando though! I visited and am trying to figure out when I can take their long arm certification.)

Sewing these columns together is probably jumping the gun but I am a gun jumper sometimes, especially when I need to share with you the importance of using pins for this one.

Listen, I hate pinning fabric with the white hot passion of a thousand burning suns. Yes, that is hyperbole. My hatred of pinning fabric has driven me to it.

But for the purposes of sewing these columns together, you really do need to pin, and even I can't argue with just how much better the results are when you do. Pinning allows you to manipulate your fabric -- by which I mean ease any little extra you might have because everyone is human (we are not sewing-robots) and there's going to be variation -- and make sure your sashing lines up ever so perfectly.

The sashing is what provides the visual calmness, even when you are using obnoxious (and I mean that in the most awesome way possible) colors, like I am. So it's important to get it all connected smoothly.

Something else that might help with this -- a 1/4-inch foot for your sewing machine. I love mine and it's a pretty simple tool. It's like a regular foot but it has a little metal bar that provides a barrier at the 1/4 mark so you can sew seams more consistently. Well worth the effort for me -- left to my own devices, I tend to sew fat seams. (Much to no one's surprise, I am sure.)

A friend of mine visited last weekend; she cut out wedges for her own New Wave quilt while sitting on my sofa. Her fabrics are all black and white text prints and her sashing is a really rich red. It's going to be so good.

Seeing her fabric choices and talking about the quilt definitely gave me a nudge. I want to turn that nudge into some real momentum on this project. To that end, my goal this weekend is to get all the rest of my columns assembled.

But I'm also seeking out more involvement in my local quilting groups -- do you have a branch of the Modern Quilt Guild where you live? I was super pleased to discover that I do. So if you're anywhere near MCO, I hope you check it out and if you see me at a meeting, say hi. The Thursday night quilt salon (once a month) is already my favorite chance to sit down and talk about quilting with a group of people.

The social aspect of quilting has, of course, long been a way for people to find motivation and enjoyment during the long process of quilting. And there are online quilting bees in support of that. Have you participated in an online bee? I'm nervous about my own ability to commit long term but I am hoping that I got into a swap I applied for recently to test the waters.

And with that, I guess I've found some of that external force to improve my momentum on this project after all.

How are you doing? Have you hit a slow spot in the process? Do you want to show off because you have totally finished ahead of me? Let me know in the comments.

And welcome to the weekend!