I thought I would never get this quilt backing done. For three days I cut 2-1/2″ strips from my stash of music fabric. While I was at it I also cut 5″ charms.
Then I sewed them end to end, occasionally throwing in mitered seam if I was joining two longer pieces together. When I got through this pile I only had 3318″, but it wasn’t enough. So, I cut more strips and charms. In the end I had approximately 4500″.
It took me 3 hours to get that first seam sewn. The second seam took at least 2 – I only kind of timed it. They really did get faster then – the last 4 seams only took 1-1/2 hours — not including time to press each seam after stitching. Having made a jelly roll quilt w/o pressing and one w/pressing, I think it came out much better having pressed the seams.
The piece currently measures 70″ x 128″ — way longer than I need but I wanted 68″ in width without having to put a border on it. The excess length will become the starting point of another quilt which I will call “Accidental”.
Oh — and my music stash? It’s 8 yards smaller now. Admittedly the two drawers weren’t stuffed when I started but they both were “full”.
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