This post is quite picture and text heavy. You’ve been warned.
Oh man I’ve had a busy week of sewing this week. It was spring break for my school, and I had most of the week off from work. It was a happy coincidence and I barely left my sewing table. So, I have THREE WHOLE FINISHES (Well, two and a half) to share with you.
One of my grandma’s best friends has been battling mouth cancer for years and years now and she was told recently that she has probably less than a year left. It’s been pretty hard on the family. She’s also a fellow quilter so I thought I’d send a little love her way with a hugs and kisses pillow.
I did a quick needle turn applique from the back. All of the colored fabrics were from my Pink Castle Cotton + Steel monthly club and it felt good to use some of my stash. I love the monthly clubs, but they do tend to stack up.
Part of the newsprint is about the moon landing, and I got a text from her after my grandma delivered it saying that the moon landing actually happened on her 22nd birthday and it was a lovely reminder for her. How’s that for serendipity?
My second finish was a quick flimsy that I threw together. My grandma went to an estate sale a couple months ago and brought back an enormous hoard of fabric. At last count, I’d culled it down to 4 40-gallon totes.
She bought it from the family of a woman that was a quilter that had died and I’ve found all kinds of incredible and old fabrics. I also found a couple blocks that she put together here and there, so I set them aside and discovered she’d made quite a few indeed. So I got the itch to sew something one afternoon and put together a flimsy.
I love this picture because you can see the care she went to making these blocks. She even did a zig-zag stitch on every fabric end to make sure they didn’t fray.
These were a few of my favorite pictures. Look at that old Mickey! Just adorable.
Here’s the whole flimsy, or as much as I could get in the shot. There were a few blocks missing so I added the patchwork print in which was also from her fabrics. There’s one in the top middle and bottom right. It’s certainly not my usual aesthetic, but it’s a happy mess and the more I look at it, the more I like it.
My third finish was this mammoth wedding quilt that I blogged about earlier.
It’s huge! It’s so big! Also there’s a
billion over a hundred different fabrics in it. Random newsprint/low volume backgrounds, some easily identified Cotton + Steel, various Art Gallery fabrics, a number of different solids, and a few things that I picked up from Joann’s here and there. What. A. Pain. But I’m so glad I did it.
More of the quilting and such. The finished size was 106″x106″. Even after washing. That’s right, almost 9ft x 9ft, my friends. It’s a miracle I didn’t rip my shoulders out of socket quilting it at home. I bound it with an Ikea print that I bought an entire bolt of on clearance a few years ago. I wanted to do a blue or a green, but I wasn’t sure I had enough to make over 36 feet of binding with anything else I had. I really loved doing the ripple quilting though. It went by really fast with only minor complications.
Another thing that saved a lot of time: wideback fabric.
After putting that top together, I couldn’t even bring myself to think about piecing a back together. I bought this Michael Miller print on super duper sale that was juuuuust big enough to cover the back. Thank God.
On the plus side, my cousin and his wife were THRILLED. They had a lot of fun looking at all the different fabrics, and I pointed a few out to them that I’d picked out with them in mind. Stags and hearts and whatnot.
It’s been quilt the millstone around my neck, though, as far as sewing goes. I hugged my boyfriend when I got home and told him, “I’m so glad they like it and it’s done.. but I’m even happier that that quilt is out of my fucking house.” Hah!
Do any of you ever feel that way about a particular project? What do you do? Do you walk away from it or just keep going?
Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.