The above picture is one of the first blocks completed.  All of the background that is light colored is that creamy yellow fabric that I had picked out.  The center yellow squares was an additional yellow that I found to add to it.  You can never have enough yellow — that’s my motto!  :)

Remember in the last post where I said I love the process?  That was before I realized how much work there was to washing a bunch of fabric and then ironing it until there were no wrinkles.  I’ve learned since then that it is much easier to wash the fabric and dry it for just a little bit and then iron it the rest of the way dry.  If you do iron it dry, it comes out perfect every time, and I do love the feel of the washed fabric.  Another thing I’ve learned since then is that nearly all laws can be broken.  So if you are a person that doesn’t wash their fabrics, no one is going to come to your house and arrest you.  It’s okay, really.  I have made items without washing the fabric, but I tend to enjoy working with fabric more if it has been washed.  I also have awful allergies, and washing the fabric helps me from constantly sniffing when I’m trying to sew.

I also couldn’t believe how many little items I was collecting for quilting.  In an effort to try and keep track of all of it, I went shopping and purchased a new to me small luggage bag.  Do you remember luggage bags made out of material instead of microfiber or leather-like fabric?  Well, this was the cutest small luggage bag and all of my fabric and notions fit into it perfectly.  I was so proud that I would be able to go to class and have everything tucked neatly into my little suitcase. 

The day of the class I packed everything up in my car so I could leave right from work and drive to the quilt store.  Remember I’m living in Southern California and traffic is gruelingly slow.  I had already finished making all the templates for the blocks and was ready to make my first block.

During class we were instructed to take our templates and place them on the wrong side of the fabric.  Then take the pencil and draw around the template being very careful to mark lightly and accurately.  The line we had just marked was our sewing line.  We were then shown how to use the bronze circle disk (I have no idea of what this thing is really called and have always called it a circle disk).  What you do is put the point of the pencil inside the small hole in the center of the disk and then roll around the template you just drew around.  The circle rolls around the template and you draw another line exactly ¼ inch away from the sewing line.  This new line is your cutting line.  Now do this over and over again 39 times on various fabrics and you have your first block all drawn out.  Next, take your fabric scissors and while cutting on the cutting line, cut all of the pieces out.  Remember that pillowcase we were instructed to bring?  Well, now we took all those pieces and arranged them on the pillowcase in the way they would look if the block was all sewn together.  Then we pinned the pieces to the pillowcase so that they wouldn’t fall off.  Now, you can take two pieces off the pillowcase and sew them together by hand.  Once you are done, you pin those back on the pillowcase and get two more.  We were shown how to join them in twos, then in groups, then in halves, and then all together.  Here’s a picture of the back of my first block.  Can you believe you can still see my pencil lines?  And, I drew lightly.


In the midst of attending the classes, life happened and we were facing another move out of state.  I’ve always been excited to move, but this move was particularly difficult.  I loved my church and was making quilt friends, but life sometimes has a way of changing things around when you least expect it.  The great news is that Oregon was a much more affordable place to live, and we would be able to buy a house.  My husband and I really missed owning our own home. 

With the move to a new state, getting a new job, and settling in, the block was safely packed away until sometime later.  After living in Oregon for a year, we planned a vacation and the quilt block popped into my head.  I’ve always hated sitting at the airport waiting and waiting to board.  I would take my block with me to work on during waiting times at the airport.  Needless to say, from that time forward anytime we went on vacation, I took a block with me to work on, and my PTTD’s quilt became my vacation project.  Unfortunately, we did not go on vacation regularly so there were times when the quilt waited patiently for me. 

Part 4:  Journey