By Linda –
Here’s a glimpse into one of our “workspaces”:
This weekend I tried to babysit two of my little grand kids and I thought I’d be able to get in a little quilting (I’m working on an Auburn themed baby quilt). Keeping an eye on those little tornadoes and not on my sewing threw me off my game, and I realized that the BASICS of quilting are always important no matter how experienced and skilled you are!
But I’m sure many of you are in the same boat as we are – strapped for time whether it’s work, kids, housework, family in general etc. etc. For us, we both work full time – I am a “dinosaur” computer programmer and Jenn is in accounting. We try to spend as much time with family as possible – so how do we get in our quilting time? Usually during the babies’ naptimes and after they’re down for the night. That’s why you’ll see lots of “darker” pictures from us – it’s hard to shoot decent pictures with babies ALL OVER YOUR SPACE! But they sure are fun.
I made a sad attempt to babysit and sew and I have a few basic tips that will save you some time when you are distracted.
- Be sure the right sides are together before you sew. I sewed the right side to the wrong side twice! Rats!
- Do not let the lower fabric slide. The seam has to be ¼ inch for the top AND bottom pieces. I only let this happen once.
- Be sure the blocks are positioned correctly before sewing the blocks together. I had three out of order. Booooo.
- Mitering my borders: I joined two border pieces together, lined them up beautifully and then I sewed the wrong angle! Arg!
- And after about 5-10 seam rippings it’s time to throw in the towel and just enjoy those grand kids.
I know these “tips” are kind of “duh”, but quilting takes so much focus, the ultimate tip I have is that it’s probably better to focus on those little ones FIRST and quilt when I can.
As aggravating as it is, the seam ripper was my friend this weekend and he course corrected my mistakes. I hope we spent enough time together and I won’t have to see him for a long while!
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