I’m going to file this quilt under “I had an idea for a quilt but then forgot what it was and by the time I remembered it, it was too late so I decided to just power through and get it done.” Has this ever happened to you? This quilt totally didn’t turn out the way I planned and once I realized what my plan was, it was too late so I just played a bit and it ended up as a large courthouse steps quilt. It still kind of worked out and I enjoyed just playing a bit.
The back is a fun numbers fabric that, honestly, is just fine for a bright quit like this.
I must confess that the biggest mistake I made with this quilt is the quilting. I had used my zigzag stitch for something just before I started quilting and forgot to change it back. Instead of picking out the stitches, I just went with it and used zigzag stitching for all of the quilting. It kinds of adds a nice texture to the quilt and I may just have to make this same “mistake” again sometime :-)
This quilt is for Project Linus. I’ll do a better job of planning out my next quilt to avoid the same frustrations!
I have to confess that I really don’t like the last quilt I made. There’s nothing really wrong with it, it’s just not “me”. The colors don’t play the way I like fabric colors to play together which distracts from the pattern. It was a fun experiment but once it was done I could not wait to start my next project.
Enter the churn dash quilt! It’s a really traditional pattern and it was fund to use up a ton of fabrics that probably look boringly familiar to anyone who’s read more than a post of this blog. I like bright happy colors and I love how all the fabrics worked together. The block is pretty simple but there’s a lot of pieces and a lot of trimming. There are 80 blocks in this quilt and it was nice to work on a more “long term” project.
Amazingly, I managed to have 80 unique blocks. A few are mirrors of each other but none are the same. I know there are quilters that cut out their entire quilts before sewing. I’m more of a start cutting and then do some sewing and see how much fabric the blocks use and the hope you don’t run out by the end. I really underestimated the amount of fabric I’d need for this quilt and ended up doing a few raids on my stash. It all worked out – it usually does :-)
There are three scrappy-ish blocks that I absolutely love. Can you spot two of them in the picture above? I’m glad I didn’t make every block scrappy as I think that would have been too much. There are just enough to make things a little interesting.
I had the perfect fabric for the back!
I absolutely love how this quilt turned out! And I’m thrilled to be back in my “safe zone” of bright, happy quilts :-)
Sometimes I struggle to execute a quilting idea in my head. This is one of the those quilts. I don’t know if it’s the color combination or the design, but there’s something about this quilt that I don’t love. I like the fabrics . . . as individual fabrics. I like the design . . . but not all together. Actually, if I’m being honest, my favorite part of the quilt is the fabric I used for the back. I suppose this is all part of both the learning and creative processes, but it’s hard not to feel like I’ve failed when I haven’t totally fallen in love with a quilt that I spent time designing and executing. I’m not sure I would call this an “ugly quilt”, it just doesn’t sit right with me. Maybe the next quilt will be a happier finish :-)
I love the precision of paper piecing but I’m not a huge fan of the paper waste. I’ve seen a bunch of very cool projects using paper piecing so I’m working on finding non-paper-waste work arounds (though I seem to have no problem with fabric waste – hmmm). I’ve seen beautiful versions of a spiderweb quilt using paper piecing, but honestly, I’m not all that into precision and if I can make it scrappy, then all the better!
I used this tutorial and started making the blocks only to find out that I didn’t have enough scraps so I had to “make” more. The white I used is practically see through and is very stretchy in this case, I didn’t really mind all the fabric waste. I threw in a couple of yellow blocks for fun. The blocks don’t match up perfectly, but I don’t mind – I LOVE how it came out!
For the back, I used up some larger panels that I had. I did the same for the binding.
This one is for Project Linus.
I had to take my machine in to the shop for a tune-up this weekend – cascading thread fluff from the top of the machine isn’t a good thing, right? While I miss my baby, I’m already planning my next project :-)
I seem to always be a few steps (years) behind the latest Internet quilt craze. Case in point: the Moda Quilt Love has been around for a few years but it was only this summer that I became obsessed with it and decided I had to make it.
The pattern is written for three different sizes – mini, average and extra-large (my names for the size options). I had initially thought that I wanted to make a bunch of minis and sew them all together. The joke was on me as I sewed all those tiny pieces together! I know there’s a bit of a movement toward “smaller sewing” but I won’t be joining that bandwagon anytime soon as I lack the skills for the precision cutting that going small requires. My mini sample is adorable but at ~10″, there was no way I was going to have the patience to make “a bunch”!
I loved the pattern and loved using the red fabric so I decided to go extra-large and make a scrappy red one. My cutting accuracy skills and counting skills were really challenged with this (don’t ask), despite only needing to cut 9.5″ and 10″ squares.
I know I say this all the time, but I love how it came out :-)
The back is nothing exciting – an old white sheet of my mom’s. I think you can just make out how I quilted it – double lines to mirror the horizontal and vertical seams and then more double lined around the center verticals. I used up a ton of random leftover batting on this too.
All in all, a fun (and fast!) quilt to make. It’s for Project Linus :-)