Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Whew, what a weekend! I can't believe it's Tuesday afternoon already. We are waiting to board a plane back home from therapy in Chicago. I'll be sharing about this trip in Eleni's 7 month update at the end of September. Meanwhile, let's just say we got to know one of the best children's hospitals in the country... during our stay in Chicago. Not exactly what we had in mind.
Because we get to stay with a sewing friend in Chicago, I like to prep an easy-to-transport sewing project to sweeten the evening hours. Before leaving, I pulled out my triangle scraps for the first stage of sewing with Red Pepper Quilt's Pickle Dish Variation.
Using her paper piecing templates for the spiky triangle portion of the pattern makes this stage very scrap friendly. And not just any scraps - Triangle Scraps. Mmmmm, my true scrappy nemesis. Unlike many patterns that use triangles, this one doesn't create more triangles in the cutting phase. Score. I loosely cut around the finished triangle size to prep my scraps, printed out all the papers I'd need for a throw quilt and hoped for the best.
Here in Chicago, I had the pleasure of using Stephanie's Juki, which happens to be the same machine I use at home. The automatic thread cutter, which can be activated with the foot petal, is absolutely ideal for paper piecing. Saves time and thread! Things actually went along so swimmingly that I had to bum scraps off of Stephanie to keep on sewing.
Yep, if we hadn't ended up derailed and hospital bound around midnight on Saturday I may have pushed through the entire triangle stage. On the upside, now I'll have the chance to go home and cut up even more of my triangle scraps.
Scrap eating is good stuff. Looking forward to working on this more when we arrive home!