We all get them, you know the incentive patterns that come with the invitations to subscribe to the quilting magazines. Some are pretty basic, others enticing, but this one I saved. I saved it for a couple of years. And oh yes, I did subscribe to the magazine.
The name of the free gift pattern is Now and Later. It is beginner friendly and is a great opportunity to showcase whatever fabrics you collect. Some of us collect a couple of things. But it’s a good idea to start with ONE.
Most of the winter I had worked with ties, and dark and masculine colors (read brown and blue). My collection of thirties fabrics was calling to me and of course it made this a no-brainer. It was a joyful labor of love cutting out the fabrics. Then with the smaller pieces I cut for a baby or dolly blanket to match. This was probably my very favorite part of the process, handling and cutting the rectangles, and revisiting the fabrics that took me decades to collect.
I even enjoyed attaching the little white squares to the rectangles. Truly therapeutic, mindless piecework, that after a few hours results in a nice little stack of units.
Next came putting them together as a cohesive unit. It was fun to play with the units on the design wall. I put them up I took them down, and repeat. Finally, I settled on a layout.
Then it happened, I started sewing the units together, into bigger units, then rows, and more units and rows, and rows to rows. My enthusiasm for the project began to wane, but I really wanted to get it all together before pulling it off the wall. I persevered, and got it together.
Because there is so much handling there were threads. Lots and lots of threads. Grooming was a must before sending it to the quilter.
I can’t imagine any long arm quilter wanting to deal with this, or any piecer wanting to get their quilt back with this stuff quilted in. So remember, groom your flimsy.
Initially, I was going to use my feed sacks for the backing but reconsidered and went with the same Kona white that I used in the front.
It’s all groomed and ready to be shipped to the quilter!
Oh that baby quilt, and dolly quilt, they will wait a little while as I need to shift gears. That being said, I do see this done with florals on a lovely garden green background. Maybe with bigger pieces.