Getting Ready for Vacation!

Quilting, Uncategorized

One of the most important things about getting ready for vacation is prepping projects for the road trip!  We’ll be driving on Saturday so I’ve been cutting fabrics for a new hand-sewing project this week.  Here are the fabrics from my stash scraps.  Aren’t they happy?

Pillow Fabrics

I ran across a blog that used “coffin” shaped templates for English Paper Piecing a pillow.  I fell in love with the shape and the pillow in the blog but unfortunately can’t find the blog anymore!!  I’m not sure if it was a recent post or something I stumbled across while I was surfing someone’s archives.  If anyone sees it, please let me know!

Anyway… I used Adobe Illustrator to draft and cut out my own coffin templates.  I made them 3″ across and 1.75″ high and I was surprised how easy they were to draft in Illustrator.  But I was a little nervous about cutting my own templates because I was concerned about how accurately I’d be able to cut out consistent shapes.  But it seems like it’s working out okay.  I had a few minor mishaps with the rotary cutter but just printed out a more sheets of paper to cut some new coffins - easy peasy!

And of course I couldn’t wait to try them out with my fabrics!  I always like to start a project at home first before taking it on the road for a road trip.  That way I can work out the kinks and make sure I have what I need on road.  In this case I found it handy to use a glue stick to help keep my fabrics stable on the templates (since they’re a bit on the larger side).  Now I’ve got my supplies packed and I’m ready to go!

Coffin Prototypes

Happy Swatching!

Swatch Missy 300 px-Missy

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