City Sampler Progress

While my heart dreams of starting the Penny Sampler, my reality – both financial and time wise – compel me to carry on with the City Sampler.  See, you can even make sewing sound like drama!

I am exaggerating of course.  While its true, I’d prefer to start my new project, I’m really happy to continue along my merry way with the City Sampler.  The blocks are fun to put together, and I’m becoming much more careful in my cutting, and my seaming.  When I first started quilting (like yesterday), I was terrified of cutting the fabric the wrong way – what if I waste some of it?  But fear has never stopped me from picking up a scissors. We’ve all seen the effects of that with my Piano Keys quilt, and the sliced off border.  But, I do think that cutting each block individually has made me more economically.  I’ve gone from impulsive cutting, to plotted cutting.  I plan more, and I save my trimmings in a plastic bag instead of throwing them on the floor.

Anyway, here’s where I am –




And finally –



Ta da!

As far as the Penny Sampler goes, here are my stumbling blocks.  First, I can’t really decide on a color scheme.  While Rachel’s original quilt is fairly muted, that doesn’t mean the quilt wouldn’t look awesome with vibrant colors.  But, I have hers stuck in my head, and its making it hard to break away from her concept.  There’s a Flickr group for class members to post their photos, but a lot of people seem to be sticking to her concept as well, even buying the same fabric she used (when she started the class, she offered a bundle that was similar to the fabric she used).  While there are some who have gone their own color way, they haven’t put their quilts together yet, and it’s kind of hard to tell if they’re going to come together.

Stumbling block no 2 – I’ve looked at every hot fat quarter bundle out there, and the thing is, while there are prints in the quilt, the solids are really the important component, and for me at least, buying solids online is really hard.  What I’d really like to do is go to an actual fabric store, and handpick my fabric.  I am going to the Grace Kelly exhibit at the Michener Museum in Doylestown with my mother next Saturday, and there is a quilt shop in Doylestown – but that means waiting an ENTIRE WEEK to get started.  And, it also means shopping with my mother, who tends to get a little impatient.  But, I think that’s the way I’m going to go.  And, in the meantime, I’ll continue to work on it in my head – or perhaps, with some of the neutrals I have in my stash . . . hmmm . . .

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