Just Call Me Betsy Ross

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I am officially a quilter. Sort of. Now, you would think that I was already a quilter given the 16 quilts that I helped a bunch of middle schoolers put together earlier this year. You would be way wrong.

Given the fact that my husband and I are temporarily homeless (aka living with my dad and enjoying cable and a freezer full of ice cream) and I can’t go into my usual “work on stuff around the house” mode during my free time, I was in major need of a project.

So, my insanity, coupled with a great opportunity from a blog I stumbled upon (oldredbarnco.blogspot.com) to win a super awesome sewing machine, led me to the construction of a real, official quilt. The blog had great step by step instructions about how to do everything, and it was the perfect way to entertain myself for a week or so.

As you can see, the quilt I made is crazy colorful, but that was done strategically. 1) It gave me an excuse to buy whatever kind of fun fabric I wanted, and 2) This quilt will go on the guest bed in the craft room. Craft rooms are crazy, colorful places, so why try and fight it?

This quilt took much more time and planning than the quilts I had made with the kids earlier in the year, but I had so much fun putting it together. It was also nice to work on it at my dad’s house because he helped me with a lot of the math (not my strong point), and I showed him how to sew.

The quilt top and back are finished, and I sent them away to have them professionally quilted (I’m afraid my little Singer can’t handle that big of a job). Once that is done, I’ll attach the binding. I’m looking forward to seeing the final product!

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