Once we got the ball rolling and got to start the store…of course we recruited volunteer help. They both volunteered themselves, and we were delighted to take them up on it.
Julie went to work for Bolts to Blocks after a couple of years, and Mary Lou (the energizer bunny) is now caring for family member’s full time. But for the first few years they were a crucial part of getting samples for Progressive Quilt Club out on time, folding fat quarters, creating samples, purchasing fabrics, and helping me stay on track.
After a couple of years, another one of my friends helped us find the funds to purchase the first Long Arm Quilting Machine. Owing your friends money is not fun, but we got it paid off, and it has been a great way to supplement the business. I owe this woman big time, and I know it!
Enter year eight, and a friend who was downsizing for retirement sold me her Long Arm.
Occasionally, we start to doubt whether this is really something we should be doing or not. The quilting business is kind of weird (fun, but weird) compared to other businesses, and occasionally we find ourselves backed into one big corner of tired.
But then those moments come, like the ones above, where we are offered a lift. And it affirms we are where God wants us to be. Getting by…with help from our friends!
Today you will be creating four funky units, using a combination of HST and rectangles. Let’s get started!
Half Square Triangle: B/C version. Make Sixteen
On the wrong sides of the squares from B, draw a line from corner to corner. Pair up, RST, with the squares from C. Sew a quarter inch seam on each side of the line. Cut on the line, flip triangles back, and press. Trim/Square to required size.
Bow Tie: B/C combination. Make Eight.
Grab the B/C HST. Sew them to the squares from B. Press seams. You will have sixteen.
You will now sew them together into a “Bow Tie” unit. Press seams. Your going to use four of them now, save the other four for later.
They will Measure.
Funky Square Make Four.
Sew a square from A to the left side of the bowtie. Press seams. To the top sew the rectangle from A. Press seams.
They will measure...
You’re done for today. Go take a break. You have earned it!
Mari is the owner (and Slave) of Yankee Dutch Quilting. She spends much of her time being bossed around by "Thing One" (her perfect eldest daughter), who may or may not also be her web editor.