Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Swoon Quilt Complete!

I finished up the Swoon Quilt just in time for Christmas.
It's only taken me about a year.
This is a big quilt!
I really BIG quilt to quilt at home!!
So I decided the next best thing to long arming it would be to quilt straight lines.
A LOT of straight lines!!!
I mean like 4 days of quilting straight lines...
and countless spools of thread.
I had to go to every quilt and fabric store in a 45 mile radius to find the correct thread.
Each time I bought all the store had and was sure that would be enough.
I was WRONG!

Here I am at the beginning blissfully unaware of the shoulder aches I would have.

I wish this picture was of better quality.  But since it was a bad weather day I couldn't take it outside to lay it out.
And i didn't have a space big enough inside to lay it out either.
You should have seen me trying to make the quilt sandwich with the quilt hanging off a table top.
Like I said this was a gift so I got this puppy wrapped up and now it is gone.
I did however promise that there would be throw pillows to match.
So today I will begin on that.
I think I will take pictures of the blocks as they come together and post pics soon!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Chicopee Chevron Quilt

This quilt has taken me some time to do.  I started it at the beginning of the Fall semester.  I had most of it pieced when I decided to make it larger.  I had to order more fabric and that took sometime to get in.  Then I didn't like how I laid it out originally and wanted the chevron pattern to match up more fluidly.  I can't tell you how long I stared at a halfway pieced quilt on my design board before I decided to just stop thinking about it and sew.  I would figure it out through trial and error.  Luckily it panned out without much trouble but then the finished quilt top stayed pinned to the wall until this past week and I finally started on the back.

Remembering I changed the size and never ordered more backing fabric, I had to come up with a solution for the back and just used the fabric I had on hand.  The end result is kind of neat I think.  I had to put my math skills to the test and don't tell anybody but it wasn't exactly as I had drawn out.  None the less I like it!

My first instinct was to quilt by outlining all of the seams making the chevrons pop.  But to be honest I didn't want to make all those turns and struggle with the quilt.  I also didn't want to take the chance on getting my backing off center.  So I decided on wavy lines.  I thought it would be a great contrast to the seams and soften the quilt a bit.

I'm so pleased with this quilt!!!
the fabrics are lovely,
the Essex yarn dyed linen is yummy,
and I think this quilt will make someone very happy for a long time to come.
Will it be You?

As much as I hate to let this one go I must!
It's listed in my shop here.

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