CHQuilts: Always have to have a Plan B

Monday, December 30, 2019

Always have to have a Plan B

With the holiday in the middle of the week, there have been just too many things to do to get to quilting, but now, the errands are done, the house is somewhat liveable, and most of the chores are done. It is time to get to it.

I was so excited to finally start working on the end of my quilt top--laying out my applique pieces for the top and bottom borders of my quilt. I have yet to cut the fabric for the borders. That was where I planned to start. That was yesterday.

Time for Plan B
Thing is, I realized that according to the pattern, the side borders were to be positioned first. I hadn't even started to work on all those applique pieces. That means I had to cut out and prepare (gluing all the raw edges) them. Thankfully, there aren't as many, however, those swirly shapes are a bit more complex.

Once I cut out all the pieces, I was anxious to use my double finger press method to prepare all the applique pieces expeditiously. 

I recently purchased a new glue stick from Sewline. It is much smaller, and easier to hold like a pencil. It is much less clunky than the giant Elmer's glue stick I had been using. The smaller surface made it less messy. The glue stayed where I put it. 

It seemed to me though that the glue wasn't quite as sticky, but once it was pressed with the iron, it seemed to hold even better. 

I spent the day yesterday cutting all of the pieces and preparing all but the swirlies. I hope to finish those today. Perhaps this quilt top will be completed by the end of 2019--stay tuned. 


  1. I absolutely love this quilt - the colors, the pattern the border - it's all just really lovely.
    I get to pick colors for my adult coloring pages, and I enjoy that, but I'll never have a piece that will be as wonderful as a quilt like you make that will please someone forevermore.

  2. Be advised, this is the picture from the pattern of the quilt I'm making. This was a kit that sold the fabrics and instructions..see previous posts. The kits also came in a red color way that is beautiful. Since I like doing my own thing, I chose my own fabrics from those I've collected. I'm not sure yet how mine is going to turn out, but I'm anxious to find out. Never say never Donna. You are very talented. Have you ever thought about making a quilt?

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