I tried something new today, and set up my sewing machine and all other quilting paraphernalia in the dining room. So by default, we ate dinner on the couch, Miss H got a very rare Friday night Noggin TV treat, and I got down to some piecing.
First assembling blocks. Chain piecing is a fantastic thing. I'm making a zigzag quilt, so all the blocks are two triangles sewn together.
Then copious amounts of ironing (no pic of that -- BORING!!!) before laying everything out on the blocking board--which was a bit too small so hopefully I didn't screw anything up--and got to assembling some strips. You can kind of see the zigzag motif if you back up and squint at the screen a little bit.
I used the "leapfrogging" technique described in The Modern Quilt Workshop where you pin together two rows worth of blocks, then chain piece the blocks, alternating from row to row--first two blocks of row A, then first two blocks of row B, snip the chain between row A and row B, then piece the second and third block of row A, then second and third block of row B, and so on. Very cool. It seems very efficient but I really have nothing to compare it to.
Half the rows are pieced into strips, so maybe during Miss H's nap tomorrow I can get the rest of the rows pieced and then totally assemble the quilt top. My goal is to get the top done, then take my machine in for servicing (the oil can on the display is flashing at me!!!), baste my quilt to the batting/backing while it's in the shop, then get my free motion quilting groove on with my newly lubed machine--woohoo!!!