I spend my time being a wife, mother and grandma! My three favorite things to do. I also enjoy sewing, quilting, scrapbooking and reading mysteries. I wish I could honestly say that I love exercising and eating healthy food (well, I do love eating healthy food, and chocolate!). The exercise thing would be a big lie, and being the honest person that I am, I cannot tell a lie that big :)
Funny thing I noticed today. I am making some more bridesmaid skirts - another wedding coming up! ANYWAY, as I was sewing I realized that although I got my bachelors degree in clothing and textiles and have been sewing most of my life on clothing, I now hate taking that HUGE 5/8 " seam allowance!! It looks gigantic after sewing so many 1/4" seams on quilts!
So I've decided that quilting has made me a more thrifty person. I keep all kinds of little scraps that I would never have kept before because they were too small to make a clothing item out of. I am so glad I was introduced to quilting about 6 years ago, I don't know what I would be doing without it. Thank you dear quilty friends!
I just bought a book of quilt patterns that are absolutely adorable!! I started one today that I know I will love when it is finished...but here is my pet peeve: one of the fabric requirements listed is forty-nine 10" squares, and then you cut them into 5 1/2" squares. WHAT? Look at all the fabric you just wasted! I'm sure the point is to sell more layer cake pre-cuts, but I hate to waste fabric! Why not just start out by saying I need forty-nine 5 1/2" squares out of different fabrics? The list of fabric requirements goes on like that. Twelve more 10" squares that you cut off two pieces that are 1 1/2" by 3 1/2" of each 10" square? Twelve more that you just cut two 1 1/2" squares from???
Now we both know that I can use these 10" squares to cut more than one piece off of, but the pattern actually calls for all of these 10" squares. I don't know how much fabric I will need to cut things sensibly, the pattern doesn't give any other dimension options. So here I am making one block at a time so I'm not wasting tons of fabric. Sigh. Just wanted to vent. Am I abnormal? Does this bother anyone but me?