Yes, I know I have complained a number of times about quilt chores that I don't like - binding, borders, pieced backings. You're probably wondering why I even BOTHER to quilt! But let me assure you, there are parts of it that I love and of course the finished product is always well worth it!
My very favorite part of the entire process is cutting! I love bonding with each fabric as I cut it into pieces for my quilt. I know it would be faster if I stacked up fabrics and cut multiple layers, but I prefer to work with each fabric individually so I can enjoy it more. And you know I like to make scrappy quilts, so this cutting process can be quite involved!
This is the beginning stages of cutting for what I'm planning will be my retreat project in less than 2 weeks! I'm making the Blackberries and Cream quilt that was in the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine a couple of issues ago (it was June 2007--thanks, Carol!). The large square in the center will be my 30 block centers. Each of those blocks is framed by squares and half-square triangles of cream and purple. Each alternating block is composed of HSTs in cream and purple. Here I've cut a few of the purples I've pulled from stash and purchased for this quilt. I have about 60 different purples, but there may be more after I shop at a favorite yet seldom visited shop on Saturday.
I will have probably 30 or 40 cream/white fabrics in the quilt as well. I collect neutral fabrics to use as scrappy backgrounds in my quilts. Since I tend to lean towards quilts with HSTs, I always cut a strip of each background fabric I buy, cut them into 3-1/2" squares and throw them in a box. This I have a ready-made stash of squares for my next scrap quilt.
Another one of my favorite things is taking a stack of fabrics, sometimes something that I have had for YEARS and finally finding just the right pattern to make with them (like Cinnamon Stars!) I love that lightbulb moment when I finally decide!