|A single block from the Free-Wheeling Single Girl quilt pattern - for the plaid loving male in my household.|
Ten years ago, I sewed my first version of Denyse Schmidt's Free-Wheeling Single Girl pattern. It was a baby quilt in pretty pinks. I was a bit put off by thoughts of all the work involved in tracing the pattern pieces onto template material, but I came up with an easier solution. I discovered that I could use freezer paper instead, which I could then press onto my fabric scraps for easy, accurate cutting (check out my previous post here).
The wonderful results of that first quilt stayed with me and I kept thinking I would one day sew another version. That day arrived nearly five years after the girly first quilt. The second version, full of scraps of plaid shirts paired with a chambray background being a decidedly masculine take on the design. A totally different look, but using the same methods of freezer paper for the cutting and piecing.
I loved the result! Now why is there only one block complete and five years have passed since it was sewn?
The short answer would be that we moved within a week of me sewing that one block. So, yes, it was packed away for our move. Did I lose track of where it was packed? Um, no. I know EXACTLY where it is. It's sitting in my "works-in-progress" bin. Waiting there, but not alone (there's more projects and similar stories in that bin). That bin is one of the things I diligently pull out of storage and bring with me to each rental home, each move. Are you groaning or laughing with me, at this point?
I hope you're at least chuckling, maybe even nodding your head, finding this relatable. Well, as bad as it sounds, I have been tackling the various unfinished projects in that bin. Honest. I actually have an older and larger resident of that bin that no longer resides there. I turned it into a finish - one that I hope to get photos of soon to share with you. Proof that it is possible to complete projects.
So, what am I going to do about that one free-wheeling block? I have some ideas, but am curious to hear what you think I should do with it. Drop your ideas in the comments below, if you'd like to chip in. Who knows, your ideas might win out over mine!
Happy sewing my friends!