This quilt! Oh, how I love it. First, let’s start off with the fabric. This is probably my favorite to date. It’s Desert Bloom by Moda and I adore every design in the collection. I had a jelly roll I purchased from Missouri Star Quilt Company and I went on the search for a pattern a quilter like me, a semi-beginner, could tackle. I came across the Scrappy On Point Triangle Quilt Angela Walters posted on YouTube.
I downloaded the free pattern on Craftsy and got to work. I did add to the size as I knew I wanted it for a summer blanket on my bed. This sucker ended up being a whopping 72”x77”. The top was a breeze. What was not a breeze was fitting that humongous quilt under the neck of my little sewing machine. I’m going to be honest and tell you the “straight line” quilting isn’t so straight. Actually, it’s pretty much a wave all the way through.
The neck of my sewing machine is about three inches long. There wasn’t any amount of rolling, tugging, and crying (yes, there was a point I was in literal tears) that is going to give me straight lines on this big girl. So, I did the best I could all the while swearing and shaking my fist in the air like Scarlett O’Hara that one day I’d never have to quilt on this sewing machine again. I can’t tell you guys how many times I’ve looked longingly at sewing machines with an eight inch neck. All that space? I would be unstoppable. Anyways, I digress.
I made the binding using the continuous bias binding method that’s just too simple for words and hand sewed the binding to the quilt. Even with all its imperfections, I love this quilt. I named it Jewell because the pattern reminds me of little jewels. My grandmother Jewell, would have loved to see this quilt, but I’ll think of her every time I see it. I miss her so much.
As soon as I saw this panel by Susan Hsu for Moda in my local fabric shop I had to get it. The colors are vibrant and the pattern is simple and cute. It’s adorable and I know Harper will love playing with it in a year or so. For now, she will get to look at it from the shelves in her room. I found the panel on Amazon if you would like to make one yourself. Here
I’ve worked on it and put it aside to do other projects numerous times, but with having an extra day off work this week I finally had enough time to get it finish. It was nice to have a switch from a large project and nonstop quilts. It was also fabulous to work in my new office/sewing room. I can’t believe how much easier it was to get it finished when everything I needed was in one place.
It also happens to be my first mini-quilt. It called to sew the quilt right sides together and flip it inside out, but I decided to make it like a regular quilt and did a binding. I made the binding out of the red edging that framed out the panel. I’m not going to say it went smoothly, because it didn’t, but I do like that it has a red border around the quilt.
It’s definitely time to get my scissors sharpened, buy new needles for the sewing machine, and a new blade for my rotary cutter. I guess the two half-hexi quilt tops (I’ll be posting those soon) I finished has dulled all my cutting utensils. Though, I do think someone in the house has been using my scissors for something other than fabric!
Things that have been going on lately:
My husband is currently tearing out the ugly rock fireplace so we can rebuild it the way we want. My house is covered in dust right now.
I finished two half-hexi quilt tops. A twin size for Harper and a full size for a friend. I’m looking for the perfect backing for each then I’ll post about them.
We painted the downstairs room which is now my office/sewing room. The paint alone made it look like a completely new room. I still have a long way to go to make the room the way I want it.
Emily (my daughter) and Liam (my 8 month old grandson) are down for the week and it’s been a blast!
My friends and I had our monthly dinner club meeting and the host blew us away with her menu AND she did all that for us on her birthday!
I have spring fever! I’m ready for camping, kayaking, and fresh flowers on my table.
As always, life has been hectic, but it’s been great. I’m learning to embrace the crazy and enjoy the moments of quiet peace when I find them. I’m working hard on achieving my goals for the life I want and love being able to see the monthly progress we are making.
What have you been up to? Any spring plans? Any projects?
Seven long years ago I had this great plan. I was going to make my mom, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law quilts for Christmas. It was early November that fateful year and I thought I had plenty of time to get them finished. Oh to be young again….well, younger.
I finished all three quilt tops, but only managed to completely finish my mom’s quilt (I never took photos of it). My sister-in-law’s quilt looked a total mess so I scrapped it. My mother-in-law got to see the quilt top I made her that year with a promise that I would get it finished ASAP. What I hadn’t planned on was moving to Arkansas, working far too much overtime, my youngest getting sick, and my other kids becoming teenagers. I had no time to think, much less time to sew.
This year I told myself to get it done. The quilt top had stared at me year after year, begging to be used. And after three broken needles, I DID IT! I finished the quilt. The center is a simple tumbler with wide borders. Mind you, seven years ago was when I made this and had just started quilting, but I’m proud of it. It’s cute and festive and I know every Christmas when my mother-in-law pulls it out, she’ll think of me.
Have you ever had a room in your house you refused to use? Like would not step a foot inside? No? Well, I did. Our downstairs half-bath gave me the creeps. It was old, cramped, and gross (gross because of the old tile, toilet, fixtures….and boys. Boys are gross). Fortunately, I no longer fear entering the room. As a matter of fact it has become my favorite room of the house, so much so I randomly walk in there and admire all of our hard work.
I wish I could show you a full photo of the room, but it’s so small I couldn’t get it in one shot! 🙂
I so wish I had before photos for you, but I don’t. I was so freaked out about the bathroom that I couldn’t be part of the demo day (it probably wasn’t that bad, but I’m a germophobe). Michael was supposed to take photos before he started and either I forgot to tell him or he didn’t hear me, but either way, there aren’t any to show. Luckily, I came back at just the right time (when everything was gone) and I have photos from that point on. Hope you like the room as much as we do!
While we’re waiting for the other projects in the house to get their final touches, I thought I would show you one of my favorite DIY art thus far. We did these arrows a few years back and I still love them and look at them often.
It was a quick and inexpensive project that made a huge impact on the entryway.
All it took was a few pieces of wood, a saw, wood stain, and flat brackets.