I am finally ready to start sewing together the top for my Boxer Quilt!
I am contemplating whether or not I will use the fabric from my boxers for the bottom of the quilt as well. There is plenty of fabric left and I am not sure what else I would use the fabric for. The quality of the fabric from the boxers is not the greatest and by using it on both sides, it would wear out at around the same time and I would not feel I was wasting newer and better fabric on it.
Once I finally had all the pieces cut out from freecycling my old boxers, I looked through our fabric stash to pick out the fabric for the solid colored borders of the quilt. I used my cell phone to take pictures as I tried laying out the patchwork onto different colored borders to see how they went together:
I do like the burgundy both as the window piece and for the outer border but felt it would be too dark for the quilt and wondering if it would clash with any of the other boxer patterns. I have decided on black for the window pieces and a cream color for the outer border as I feel it will best highlight the boxer patterns.
Little Miss Mew was of course eager to help me out as I was cutting up the fabric and placing the long stringy pieces either into the garbage can or my scraps bag:
One of the tips in the book I am using the pattern from recommends collating the pieces onto index cards for each of the quilt blocks. This makes it easier to just sit down and sew the pieces together.
I have not sat down to use the sewing machine since February of 2012. As I write that, I am trying to grapple with it coming up on two years since I last used our “new” sewing machine. I may dust off and finally watch the DVD that came with the sewing machine.
Running the pieces through the sewing machine (and trying to keep a straight line with my 1/4″ foot) is the part I like the most because I find the process therapeutic. The part I probably like the least at this point (especially with this quilt!) is getting up to the point of actually sewing the pieces together. I am sure the added chore of doing this from old boxers is not helping at all!!!
Wonder how long it will take me to sew together the quilt top. Time will tell.