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August 5, 2014

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Sally stamp of approval

Working on the quilt top

Quilt top progress

About a month ago, I decided to start working on a patchwork quilt for my bed.  I was really nervous going into it, thinking it would be impossible to do on my little machine, but I just kept going.  It’s only my second quilt ever, and it’s far from perfect, but I can totally see how much I’ve improved upon the first little quilt I made.  My machine is still kind of…touch & go.  But the whole process is chugging along much faster than I thought it would — that first picture was taken on July 7th, and the last one on July 27th.  I spent Friday night making my quilt sandwich, and as of this afternoon I’ve completed 18 quilting lines (out of 108).  My goal is to finish the quilting by Labor Day, so I can work on the binding while my husband is out of town for a tech conference.

I’m so inspired to make more quilts, to fill my whole house with them — and maybe my mom’s house, too!  I’ve ordered some paper hexagons to start working on an English paper pieced hexie quilt.  It’s going to take years, I think — for a queen-size quilt, I need to make over 6,300 hexagons!  All hand-stitched.  Trying to recreate the quilt I grew up with, I guess. 😉  I’ve also been dreaming up a winter quilt for our bed — heavily inspired by this one from Alicia Paulson — scrappy log cabins, cream-colored sashing, filled with wool batting, backed with cozy plaid or gingham flannel, and hand-tied.  Cozy cozy.

Our new library opened about ten days ago.  It’s beautiful, and I love sitting in the stacks and looking through all of the quilting books.  They’re all really old and not so much my style, but I’m learning a lot about piecing and just how much you can do with squares and triangles.  So eager to try flying geese and sawtooth stars!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2014 6:06 am

    Your quilt is beautiful and will be wonderful when you finish it. I love that quilt by Alicia Paulson. I just pinned it after admiring it again. Quilting was the craft I really got into and I will always love quilts. I have one in the works and a couple others on hold that I decided I don’t really like anymore. Maybe I will work on it today. That is great your library has so many quilt books. Do they have this one It is my favorite in terms of pictures and styling. Some people might think it is dated but I love it. Okay now I am off to do come more cutting.

    • whitney marie permalink*
      August 6, 2014 8:56 am

      Thank you! 🙂 I’ve always wanted to make a quilt, but was just too scared to start. Too nervous that my machine couldn’t do it. Too overwhelmed by all of the patterns out there. I still get overwhelmed, but the fear is pretty much gone. I don’t think my library has that book, but if the quilt on the cover is any indication of what’s inside, I think I would love it! I can’t wait to see pictures of the quilt you’re working on!! 😀

  2. August 6, 2014 12:27 pm

    I just put a picture on IG from the book. I bet you could find a used copy for a couple dollars if you wanted it. I am pretty sure you would love it. We have similar tastes I think.

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