Woohoo! It took me a year and a half, but I made a new quilt!
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.
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…
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.
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!
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 :)
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:
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.
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!!
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?