“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.- John Steinbeck

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Confession time.  I don’t really know how to applique.  I mean, not really.  I’ve had some guesses and watched a few people do it using every pin they have in the house to do it.  I’m especially wary of that as I am infamous for pricking myself and bleeding all over my projects.  So there has to be better way to do applique.

As fate would have it, I was at the fabric store and was noticing a rather large number of women buying quilting cotton by the bolt!  I mean, it was a good sale, but it wasn’t THAT good.  Thus, being the curious, nosy soul that I am, asked them what they were prepping for.  (Cause it sort of looked like stock pile for the fabric apocalypse)

Beyond friendly, the ladies told me that they were stocking up for the annual quilting retreat.  What is a quilting retreat you ask? (Cause I had to ask)  It is a magical place where you take your sewing machine to a convention hall, sew all day and take classes when you feel like it.  How cool is that?  Not only do I get to take Taylor, my sewing machine with me, I can pick from a list of classes and take one.  And guess what?  They were teaching a beginner’s applique class!

So I totally signed up for the class and retreat as soon as I got home.

Now, there was a snag in my brilliant plan.  I’m a broke, college student and I can’t really afford to pay for a quilt right now.  But it so happened that the class I signed up for is for a baby quilt.  And my sister just so happens to be expecting…so I called my mother and pitched the idea to her.

Thankfully, my mother is hugely supportive of me learning new skills and she agreed to fund the quilt.  After all, a baby quilt shouldn’t cost more than $30 to make, right?

HA!  Oh, how wrong we were!

I think that thing ate $120 by the time I bought everything for it…sheesh!

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I then returned home to cut pieces and 2 ½ hours later, I almost went crazy.  There were so many squares!  And let’s be honest, my tools are old and dull and probably gave me the most grief.  If I ever make another quilt, I’ll have to invest in better tools.  Cause crappy tools make the journey so un-fun.

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After an hour break, I turned my attention back to the mockup

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I’m worried the skirt isn’t fluffy enough.  I really, really hope more layers will fill it out better…

I then added the overskirt

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And hated it.

It’s not full enough and it sucks so much fabric into the pleating.  There is no way I’m going to kill myself off doing all of this applique only to have it be folded over.  So with that, I threw my commercial patterns out and started draping by hand.

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This pleased me and an hour later I had something that I didn’t hate.

Then I had the dilemma of what length to cut the over skirt at.

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Short?

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Or long?

I think I’m going to sleep on it.  This wanderer is exhausted.

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