I received a large box from The Fat Quarter Shop yesterday which means I can get started on the Mario Quilt this weekend! My brother and I sat down and planned which blocks he wants and how to set it up so I have a good idea of what to do. He is also getting Kirby and Megaman cushion covers. And there's most likely a Dr. Who Quilt in his future as well. Must be nice to be a mid-twenty's bachelor with a big new house complete with a media room, huh? Any single girls out there? He's a great catch ;)!
I also decided on the layout for the custom quilt so I can start sewing everything together.
There is still a lot more to do with this quilt. All of these squares will be framed in white then separated by 3.5" pieced strips and finally a 3.5" border all the way around. Everything is cut except for the border. It seems like my 1/4" mark on my Juki is a little off. My blocks are not quite 7.5" finished so I'm having to trim them all down to 7.25" as I go. Not the end of the world but a little frustrating as it takes more time. Next time I'll know to scoot over a notch. Speaking of taking more time...when I quoted the price for making this quilt to the lady she was wanting the squares above to be one piece of fabric instead of 4 pieced together. Since this greatly increased the cutting and sewing time, design effort, and thread used, how do I bring up the fact that I think I deserve a lot more than what I originally quoted (which was already extremely low)? Or do I just bite the bullet and not say anything? Would love to hear your thoughts on how to handle it.
A couple more project on the list this weekend...a custom comforter (yes, a comforter, not a quilt...I'm a little nervous), and Lucky Stars April block--only one section left. If this seems a little ambitious for a weekend, don't worry, I took a vacation day next Wednesday so I could go to a sit and sew at our LQS. I'm also sad to say that my favorite lady there is moving out of state this week :(.