On the subject of series, I decided that due to time constraints, I was going to have to ditch my original plans of making three quilts and a handful of table toppers, and settle with one quilt, and a ton of these Jaybird Quilts, ‘Rock Candy,’ table toppers. Here are the two that I made last week.
I almost ditched this idea altogether, because at some point the shop held a class on these. I missed the class, and wasn’t able to speak with the instructor, but Lynn told me that her understanding was that the pattern was incredibly fiddly. I interpreted this as, “this will take forever.” I was actually surprised when they didn’t. If I can make one of these in a day, I’m sure anyone with basic sewing skills can. And isn’t it wonderful to be able to put together something so incredible looking in such a short amount of time?
I’m not entirely sure that I made the right choice with the colors though. The first is a mix of the Kona Summer 2013 set.
The other two are from the 2014 new colors set.
I’m starting to wonder whether I should have taken all the charm packs I own and mixed them according to some sort of theme. But oh well. They are what they are, and I still think they look amazing (if I do say so myself) and are probably a little more fun this way.
Perhaps one day I’ll muster the energy to start hand washing my charm squares before I sew, but at this point, I just don’t have the time for it. My apologies in advance to my friends who are getting dry clean only gifts. How do I know that these are dry clean only? Well, I have actually made three of them. One, I soaked in cold water over night to try and get rid of a little bit of a stain that was on the fabric, and of course the colors ran. Still, it’s way less devastating to waste half a charm pack and a day of work than it was to lose a whole quilt. I feel like I’m not having very much luck at the moment. I’ll just be sure to keep all my other work away from water. And I may have to stop drinking tea while I’m sewing.
Until next time, happy quilting,