I am SO EXCITED to share these pictures of the 100% finished Christmas Quilt. You know–the one that I started right after Elle was born? And in case you need a refresher, Elle was born in 2011. Ahem.
All those years ago, I joined a year-long virtual quilting bee with my cousin, sister, and 9 other gals. Each month one member would send out fabric to the others with directions on a block (or two) to make. It was a lot of fun and definitely helped build my confidence with sewing and experimenting.
This beast is 72″x84″ (6 x 7 big squares) and without sitting down and really thinking about it, I’m not sure now how many of the squares were made by the girls in the quilting bee and how many I completed. I’m guessing probably a quarter of the quilt squares were made by others.
It was so fun to receive the squares back in the mail and see everyone’s interpretation. I chose a square within a square theme and didn’t give very much direction other than wanting 12″ and 6″ squares. Most of the fabric is stuff I sent out and later purchased when I realized I needed more, but some of it is from the other participants.
I finished this quilt top when I was pregnant with Evie. And then it sat and sat and sat for years. Finally when I was 8 months pregnant with Cara, my dear sister helped me baste the quilt and I spent my lunch hour over the next month machine quilting. Part of the reason why it took me so long is I had to work up the courage to free motion quilt, something I had only done in tiny bits before. I was also using a variegated thread and that made me nervous. Thankfully the nature of the quilt back is incredibly forgiving as all the loops from the lightbulbs hide some of my less stellar quilting.
Overall, I’m very pleased and my only major oops was when I accidentally quilted my backing folded over on one of the corners and had to unpick all those stitches. It isn’t perfect, but it will be much loved.
Technically I finished binding the quilt a few weeks after Cara was born, and I didn’t stitch the label until August of this year. But I’m going to go ahead and count this thing as finished in 2015.
The other day I decided to make a list of all of my current quilting works in progress. Ha!!!!! The amount of time that I spend in my sewing room comes and goes. Sometimes I’ll make the 15 minute drive home at lunch just to get an extra 20 minutes in the room without the girls. When the girls are home, I can usually entertain them with buttons or scrapbooking paper and scissors for a few minutes but then the draw of the sewing machine is much more interesting. And trying to sew with a 2 year old on your lap (that you’re already sharing with a 34w pregnancy) is not fun!
But, I continue to steal those moments here and there and find that eventually they add up to something substantive. I thought I’d share with you some of my current Works in Progress. I’m linking up with Lee from Freshly Pieced today (she makes gorgeous quilts and her blog is an inspiration). You should be able to enlarge any of the pictures by clicking on them.
Baby Billy Bobette’s Quilt
About two weeks ago I finally cut into the fabric for the baby’s quilt. I don’t hope to have it finished by the time she arrives in six weeks (six weeks!!!), but the progress is quick at least. I decided to use a herringbone type pattern using Half Square Triangles (inspired by this quilt). I had a layer cake of Bonnie and Camille’s Ruby that I forgot I had stashed and it turns out it’s perfect! Lots of red and pink and green and blue. And if you’re wondering Baby Billy Bobette does not have an official name yet. Poor baby!
Stitcher’s Garden Quilt
You might remember almost a year ago when I first posted about this Stitcher’s Garden Quilt. This month is supposed to be our last of a 14 month class. I’m sad that it will be over and I’ve done fairly well in keeping up with my outside of class homework. I’ve learned so many techniques with this class and it’s already given me confidence to try some new things with my machine rather than straight-line piecing. I’ve especially enjoyed the applique! The fabric I’ve used is mostly Kaffe Fassett and I adore those bright colors!
Sigh. This thing should have been finished years ago. Seriously. But! Last weekend my dear sweet sister helped me baste this monster (sandwich the quilt top, batting, and backing together) so that I can quilt it up. It’s 72″x84″ so quilting it will be a bear–plus I’d like to free motion quilt it and it scares me. I still have visions of cuddling under the quilt with the girls, though, while we read Christmas stories or watch movies. Maybe we’ll just do that in it’s current state? *insert crying laughing emoji*
Value Scrappy Quilt
So this quilt! YEARS ago I participated in a block swap–I purchased three different fabrics, cut them into squares and mailed them off to the coordinator. She received three fabrics from all the other participants and sent one square of each fabric to each participant. I think I ended up with 150 5″ squares? And as you can see from the below, the fabric is RANDOM.
After the fabric sitting and collecting dust, I decided that I would use it as an Leaders and Enders project–this means that when I’m sewing a current project, I’ll run these fabrics through my machine as I’m chain piecing. Because I’m never actively working on this quilt, it’s like a total bonus–eventually I’ll have enough of these little Half Square Triangles (remember those from the quilt above??) to have a scrappy picnic quilt.
So what’s the difference in the picture above and below? I decided to separate my blocks into Light and Dark values and sew them into the Half Square Triangles (HSTs). The fantastic thing about HSTs is that there are so many stinkin’ patterns you can create with these building blocks. Take a look on Pinterest for some ideas! Above and below are the same exact blocks but they are arranged in different patterns to get a completely different look. (I grabbed these blocks at random so they’re not matched up the way they would be for a completed project). I’m still not sure which route I want to take with this quilt…though I think I’m leaning towards the layout below. What do you think?
The Hexie Quilt
I tend to get hung up on projects when I’m stuck on how to finish them. In this case, I need to add a border around the hexie flowers to bring it up to size but I don’t know how to attach the hexies to the border. I REALLY don’t want to do any more handpiecing, so I do I sew them with the machine? And won’t that be a pain in the rear with all those hexies (I want to keep shape rather than cutting them in half to create a straight line). So, this baby is currently hanging in my crafting room closet. Sad.
Quilts for Elle and Evie
Two different tops with the same fabric but different patterns for Elle and Evie–these have been completed for a few months (as are the backs), but again…free motion quilting scares me and I’m not any better with straight line quilting. Womp womp. I really need a local guru to teach me the ways!!
Lizzie Kate Jingles Cross-Stitch
Now this…this is what I spend all my “free” time on–mostly because I can sit on my butt while watching The X-Files and work on it (we actually finished the final movie last night so we’re out of shows until January!!). This cross-stitch is my first time working with linen and I’m enjoying it…but I didn’t know how to measure the linen against the pattern and completely missed the mark. The pattern is supposed to be very long and narrow, but I’m currently trying to figure out how to cut the pattern in half so that I can work it side by side rather than straight down. I think I’ll actually like it better this way (it’ll be a big square-ish shape), but it does hurt my brain. I’m currently AT that halfway point, so I’m not sure I’ll finish it by Christmas. We’ll see.
So there you have it–all my current Works in Progress. Even if some of them are sitting and waiting on me to figure out how to proceed or some of them are long term or some of them are only worked on 10 minutes at a time.
Hi, I’m Heather from Based on a True Story. For the past three years I was serving as a state coordinator for a quilting charity. I made a lot of quilts and at the same time managed to get out of the habit of quilting. How is that possible? I would have deadlines for big quilt presentations and I’d push through to get enough quilts. I’d take a few day off to recover … and then not sew until the next deadline. I’m out of that position now and I’ve come up with an idea to help get back into the habit of quilting because I like it.
I’ve been quilting for 18 years and I’ve lost track of how many quilts I’ve made. I know how many quilts I have in the house though – 4 that are big enough to cover a person and 4 wall hangings. Everything else has been given away. That’s good or else I’d be drowning in quilts but every so often it is good to make something for yourself. That’s what I’m going to be doing in the next few months.
This is my hexagon quilt that I started in a group quilt a long in 2012. This is hand pieced and I ended up developing tendonitis sewing it. Now I can just do a little bit every other day. It is almost half together. I plan to just keep plugging away at this. (My husband made a deadline of my 50th birthday to have it finished. That’s not anytime soon.)
I’ve seen Tetris quilts around. They look like a screen shot from the video game. I was going to make this for a friend and then decided I wanted one too. It is made up of five different colored hourglass blocks. I have the purples and the yellows done.
I found this quilt top mangled up under a bunch of donated material when I passed all my charity stuff over to the person who took over for me. All I need to do is iron it, add a last border, and then I’m going to send a picture of it to a blog that makes fancy quilting plans for people’s quilts. That will inspire me to finish it!
How do you inspire yourself if you get out of the crafting habit?
Inspiration on Monday
Welcome to the first August edition of Inspiration on Monday! Inspiration on Monday is a forum to share things that we’ve created and things that we are doing to help inspire others. Posts about projects in progress, finished projects, tutorials, and how-tos are all welcome. Feel free to share recipes, crafts, lifestyle, organizing, and DIY tips, and any other idea that can spark inspiration.
1. Link up your post(s) below. This can be a recent post or an old post, but please do not re-submit a post you’ve already submitted for Inspiration on Monday.
2. Please link back to Inspiration on Monday or my blog somewhere in the post you are submitting
3. If applicable, please share the source that inspired you in your post. Credit where credit is due.
4. Try to comment on at least one other participant’s post. Encouragement can be so inspiring!
The next Inspiration on Monday will be August 17th. What inspiration has struck you lately?
In October my little sister Kim got married to her sweetheart Ryan. As I was trying to think of a wedding gift to give them, it finally came to me that I wanted to make them a quilt. I immediately texted my mom and sister to see if they would like to help and they both enthusiastically replied that they would.
And so over the next several months, a beautiful quilt was made by six loving hands (sometimes with four little helping hands).
Coming up with the pattern was the most difficult part. It’s one thing deciding on a pattern on your own, but when considering the opinions of three people was at times a mental workout. Just kidding mom! We finally settled on some inspiration from Pinterest, came up with the dimensions and caluclations, and moved onto the fabric selections. Another fun decision for three varying opinions. Our local quilt shop, Happiness Is Quilting (best name ever), came to the rescue with their shop-made jelly roll. As soon as we saw the patterns we knew it was Kim to a T.
We cut and cut and cut, and then sewed and sewed and sewed. The irony of patchwork–cutting up material to sew it all back together again. To make this quilt we used the entire jelly roll plus maybe another fat quarter worth of scraps. A big huge shout out to the sweet ladies at The Quilt Asylum (our other local quilt shop) who watched us in amusement (and helped us) as we shopped and shopped and shopped for coordinating fabrics for the border, sashing, binding, and backing. For the quilting stitched around all of the boxes and then around the border.
At times we got a little bit loopy. And there were several times when we sewed pieces together only to realize we had to rip the seams apart and do it all again.
It was a work of labor–but labor of SO much love. My only one huge regret is that Kim could not work on the quilt with us. First, it was a surprise. Second, she lives in San Francisco.
“Stitched with Love for Kim and Ryan | <3 Mom, Trish, Brooke | October 2014”
The finished dimensions of the quilt are about 80″x90″ and we finally mailed it off to the happy couple the week that they moved into their very first home together. I know that they’ll have many many moments wrapped up in the love of this quilt.
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