Graduation Day

“Pomp and Circumstance” swells in the background.  Da, da da da dum dum, da, da da da, dummmm.  It’s time for real fabric.  I know, I can hardly believe it myself.  All growed up, right before your very eyes.

Time to begin my first sewing project.  The task in front of me is to turn this gorgeous William Morris charm pack by Moda into something resembling a quilt.

I was fortunate enough to pick up this beauty at the 2017 Quilt Market in St. Louis.  Quilt Market absolutely merits its own full post…I attended classes, met cool people (Tula Pink!), and learned a ton.  But for now, I’ll just say that the spring market’s Schoolhouse Series opened with an amazing presentation by Jenny Lister of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum about their collaboration with Moda on the William Morris fabric line.  Incredibly cool stuff.  And we even got to take home some of this gorgeous new line…score!

So, time to put it to good use.  The plan is to keep it simple:  stitch the squares together.  The color pattern is mine to play with, so step one is figuring out the layout.  This part of the process was both incredibly freeing and a bit overwhelming…I’m all about freedom within form, but this presented a whole lot of freedom with very little form to guide me.  As our design wall hadn’t yet arrived (it’s here now, though!), I used our cutting table to start playing around.

I seemed to be naturally going with a color-sorting theme, so I went with it.  Kind of a fun way to modernize some more traditional prints.

But now, to sew it together.  Molar gnashing commences.  Please don’t let me screw up this gorgeous fabric…please don’t let me screw up this gorgeous fabric…please don’t…

As if she’s heard my internal monologue, Anne has introduced me to what is surely about to become my new best friend:  the seam ripper.  Somehow I didn’t fully realize that anything that could be sewed could just as easily be unsewed, courtesy of said seam ripper.  This is comforting.

Here goes.

I grab two squares, line them up face to face, and bring them to the machine with the back of the fabric facing me.  I line up the square with the 1/4″ guide, lower the foot, and press a button to get the needle in place.  (Do I sound like I know what I’m talking about?  Because we’re living moment to moment here, folks.)

And I sew them together!  And the first set is done!  And no fingers nor machines nor pieces of fabric were harmed in the making of this quilt.

Thus far.