Tuesday, February 05, 2013
My First Casket Project (and more quilts)
I'm way behind right now. We are currently on month 10 of lessons and instructions and have already received complete supplies and instructions for four projects and started on the instructions for the fifth. And I still need to start work on designing my box panels. And for that I need to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and my Bamboo Tablet. I don't want to draw and redraw the panels over and over again as I change my mind. But the learning curve for my plan is huge. My plan is to have all my casket panels more or less designed and colors and stitching styles selected by the time this first course is over. And I want to have most of my supplies gathered - stitching frames, linen, silks, extra bits, etc. by the time the second stumpwork course starts (nine months from now). Then I start working on my box as the months of that course unfold.
And don't forget I still need to buy my casket. I'm sure it's going to be around $3,000+ or so but I'm pretty sure we can pay for it monthly with delivery after we are done paying for it. For me that is in a couple of years. :-)
Up for this weekend (already on the quilt frame) is another JoAnn Fabrics quilt of the month from around seven years ago. That one I plan on keeping as the colors still work in my house. Then I can start a French General that I made a couple of years ago! Can't wait for that one. French General are currently my favorite line of quilt fabrics. The just one more top to go and I'm totally caught up with my tops. I have my next quilt cut out - it's a smallish wall hanging - about 36 inches square but with lots of little pieces. And the beauty part? I'll be able to quilt it right away. :-) It's great having a long arm quilter. I still have around a dozen or so quilt tops kitted up. I really want to start to get to those also. I hate buying more when I have tubs filled with uncut fabric. And it's always been a goal of mine to be a finisher and not just a starter with everything I do.