Friday, September 12, 2008

This is why I don't do tutorials

Really, I am no good at tutorials. Awhile back I decided to do a Bento Box style quilt. The square is also referred to as a Half Log Cabin.

First off, lay out your materials. Diet Coke is essential for me.

When I'm doing 'serious' sewing, I like to have my iron close by. My Toddler too.

My biggest issue is I don't really know how to explain it in writing, I just know how to do it.

I mean, I could tell you that the fabric starts as a 3 1/2" strip.

And that the center squares are 3 1/2" square.

And from each of the fabrics you need a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle.

The final strip is 3 1/2" x 9 1/2" and always press toward the darker fabric.

I mean, I can't tell you how much fabric you'd need, but I can tell you that this works wonderfully with fat quarters. I can tell you also that I'm using tan as both a light and a dark. As I work, I like to lay out what I have done, so I can make changes during the process, rather than when I'm done.

Last night I laid out what I had done. Looking at four squares as a unit, I determined that I need one more row and one more column. I also think there is too much light fabric right now.

It wasn't until I walked around it that I realized I'm only halfway done.

More black, brown and tan. No more light. All will be revealed shortly.

Back to the fabric store.



Nat said...

That is really cool.

See if I were to do a tutorial would be Step 1 "Call Gretchen." Step 2 Look confusingly at the Fabric. Step 3: Call Gretchen back.

Bryan said...

You're going to want to kill that quilt (and me) when you're done with it.

OK, maybe not the quilt, just me!