2015 Block of the Month Quilt COMPLETE!

Woohoo! It took me a year and a half, but I made a new quilt!

2015 Block of the Month

Okay, okay, I’m exaggerating about the year and a half thing, it was supposed to take a long time ;) This was the first block of the month I’ve ever done, run by my local quilt shop A Quilter’s Folly.

2015 Block of the Month

This was a totally awesome intro to blocks of the month, the style is totally up my alley! I love the rainbow colors and the grey background, it is a totally fun modern color scheme and matches my personality pretty well. The one they have going on this year is a bit too pinky- purpley- girly for me, even though I’m doing it anyway…

2015 Block of the Month

They had us buy a book and a ruler to go with it, Lazy and Lovin’ It by Joan Hawley and this Creative Grids lazy angle ruler. I’ll admit, it took me a couple blocks to get the whole thing down, but in the end, all the blocks were totally fun and easy. None of them took me more than an hour to complete.

2015 Block of the Month

For the finishing bit, all those dang squares!!! I thought I was going to go cross-eyed sewing them all up, but I really do have an issue with unfinished projects and I wouldn’t let myself sew anything else until the quilt top was done :) I was pretty amazed at how quickly I did them all, it was during Christmas break so my family was in town and the kids had some entertainment other than me so I got some nice chunks of time in for this!

2015 Block of the Month

But then, there she sat for over 4 months being ignored, every once in a while taunting me, just staring at me from the table next to my sewing table, laying it on thick that it wasn’t quite actually finished until I quilt and bound the darn thing. So I finally decided to use that 25% off opportunity I have every first Tuesday when we get the new blocks of the month and I picked out the fun background fabric to use. Really difficult to decide, by the way- the whole line of Back Porch Prints is ridiculously adorable. I’m excited to have a half yard left over to make a ridiculous dress for the new baby :)

2015 Block of the Month

After that was sorted out, I GOT TO IT! I decided to do some fun free motion swirlies all over it, which was NOT that easy on this, the biggest quilt I’ve ever made!! The whole time I was sewing it up, I reasoned that perfection is not my goal, and there are some serious pluses to the quirks of mistakes. All in all, I am pretty pround of how it all came out!! I was SOOO happy to finish the quilting part!! Until I turned it over and looked:

2015 Block of the Month

OH NO!!!! How did that happen?? A good bit of fabric got bunched up together at the bottom of the quilt :( For a minute there I was trying to convince myself that it would totally be okay to leave it as is, another “character flaw” and a fun nod at the imperfect but lovely homemade situtation.. But then no, it was too much. Queue music from that old Perdue commercial, PICK PICK PIIICCCCKKK!

I can’t be the only one who has this go through her head the entire time an epic sewing mistake happens.. Thankfully it didn’t take that long, I just put on one of my guilty pleasure shows while Quinn was still sleeping and fixed it up.

2015 Block of the Month

Next came the binding!! After a lot of thought, I went with simple grey to match the rest since there was already a busy border. I usually would have done something fun and bright to bind with, but I am so happy I went simple, I LOVE the way it looks!! It took three days of sitting on my arse hand sewing that dang binding. I know things would be much faster if I just machine sewed it, but I can’t handle how much I love a clean finished binding. But the cool thing is, with hand vs machine, I can still be around the family and partake in conversations and other things way more than I could do sitting by the machine. My fingers feel a little blistered but I AM FINISHED and it feels so good!!

2015 Block of the Month

Now maybe I can get started on that baby quilt I already bought fabric for but have no design in mind for yet….. Does anyone have an awesome jelly roll quilt pattern they would like to throw my way?

13 thoughts on “2015 Block of the Month Quilt COMPLETE!

  1. What a lovely finish for a long labour of love!!! I know exactly what you mean when faced with a mistake, I always try to talk myself through that oh maybe it’s not such a big deal, I’ll get used to it.. and then I ALWAYS redo it otherwise I can’t stand to look at the project again :)

    1. Thank you! I know, it would have haunted me forever!! It hurts a little when you are SO close to the end and you see some crazy mistake, but it is totally worth it to fix it!

    1. Thank you! You should totally try something different! I feel like doing a block of the month is great because you have no choice to but to try something you never have :) Squares make my brains fall out of my ears, lol, doing other things can be just as simple but for some reason they are SO MUCH more interesting to sew! (at least to me)

  2. I had never seen that ad! Wow. That’s all I’ve got.

    The quilt is beautiful though! I’ve always wanted to make a quilt but then I get caught up in all the other sewing.

    1. Ha! Not many people have, or at least they don’t remember it!! I swear this post was just to spread the joy of that commercial jingle, the showing off of the quilt was just secondary ;)
      I know I always prefer garment sewing, but it DOES feel good to make quilts too- it is probably a good thing that I don’t usually let myself start a new project until the one I’m working on is finished.. It makes me finish up quilts as fast as I can so I can get back to dresses!

    1. Haha!! I HAD to! It would have driven me nuts if I kept it all bunched up. Extra work and painful since it was so close to the end of finishing, but SO WORTH IT. :)

  3. Hi! Pattydoo.com has a nice jelly roll quilt tutorial on their blog. It’s in german, but it s a video so it’s ok.

  4. Your quilt is absolutely stunning! The colors are bright and happy and it looks very well made. I bet you are thrilled. It’s always fun to see a finished project being used and loved, but your kids are especially happy in this picture.

    1. Thank you so much! I am really excited about this one :) And you’re right, there is nothing like seeing your family enjoy the labor of love you put into something like a quilt! That is why it is so gratifying to make them!

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