Thursday, February 26, 2015

Finished Denim Quilt!

Hi! How are ya? Miss me?

Sorry. My folks were in town and when they are here I try to spend as much time with them as possible.

I finished the Denim Quilt and attached it to the back of the Ugly Quilt and somehow they are both just absolutely beautiful together. It's unreal.

Here it is, all finished.

As you can see, I added a few details of my own; I patched some of the holes in the jeans with some scraps and was even able to fussy cut out one of the back pockets to add into the overall pattern. I also added the pink half-square triangle border.  It was originally on the ugly quilt:

But I wanted the the quilt top to be larger, so I added it to the denim side and I think it's a pretty addition.

I could have spent maybe 10 more minutes lining up the borders so all the triangles kind of matched at the corners but....let's face it, I'm lazy. 

so lazy

I'm not sure what kind of witchcraft occurred, but somehow the back doesn't look so bad anymore.

If you would like to make this denim quilt, remember you can get the pattern from Alicia over at Lucy's Quilts

This quilt was close to 10 years old and I'm glad to have it out of my laundry basket of WIPs!! I'm already looking forward to my next project!

Happy Sewing!


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Denim Quilt Update


It's Tuesday. I'm not done with this quilt. I got the plague from my kids.

Here's where I was last week:

Here's where I am now:

I patched some of the holes with happy colors and I was able to fussy cut one of the pockets and add it in as well. 

OK. That's all the energy I've got. I'm going to bed. 

Happy Sewing!


Friday, January 30, 2015

The Ugly Duckling of Quilts

Hi Everybody!

I've been plugging away on the backing of my ugly quilt and, frankly, I'm going to have to stop calling it ugly pretty soon because the backing I am making for it is awesome. Just awesome.

The pattern is not mine but it can be found over at Lucy's Quilts! You have to email Alicia asking for the pattern and she asks that you make a small donation in her name to Lutheran World Relief but it is  well worth it! I'm already thinking about the next quilt I am going to make out of this pattern!

Here's where I am at with my version of the quilt.

As you can see it has a stained glass window effect to it. I have a few details that I am adding to make it my own but I am having a great time working on it. I'm hoping to have it all pieced together by the end of the weekend. 

It's going to be too pretty to be the back of a quilt so it will definitely be the quilt top for my picnic quilt. 

What's everybody else working on this weekend? 

Have a Happy Friday!


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Under the Weather

HI Friends!

Just wanted to check in with everyone. I was under the weather all last week---took a medication that wiped my entire system and haven't felt much like myself lately. I have managed to start working on the back of my ugly quilt. Since I decided that I wanted it to be a picnic blanket, I wanted the back to be pretty durable. I had been holding onto about a half dozen pairs of adult and kid jeans and thought I would cut them up and make the back of the quilt with those.

At first I was just going to slice 'em, dice 'em and then re-sew them back together but then I came across a denim quilt pattern somewhere on the internet (I swear I wasn't looking for it) and just knew I had to make it.

I will share where to get the pattern next time (it's gorgeous) but for now just a shout letting you know I'm around and still working....and maybe a few pictures.

Someone decided the quilt top was appropriate for dress up!

The girl who just started walking!

My squares so far. Yes-my cutting area is a disaster

My pile of jeans!

Here's hoping this week goes better. Hope you all have a good week!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One Ugly Quilt

Hello Friends!

I am just moving right along! No sooner did I finish the basket (and by accident, an apron), than I picked the next project to tackle and it is a doozy!

Number 12!

It's actually pretty appropriate that my next project is to make our "wedding quilt" into a picnic blanket. My husband and I will be celebrating our 8th year of marriage next month, so it would be nice to have this done by then.

I only started quilting about nine years ago. After not finishing the first quilt I attempted (the procrastination runs strong with me), I decided I could totally handle making a queen size quilt. I saw the pattern for this quilt in American Patchwork and Quilting from August 2005 and immediately loved the 1930's reproduction fabric and-what looked like-the simplicity of the whole thing.

What's amazing is that after at least three moves, I still have the magazine!

I was so excited to make this quilt for us, I even convinced my darling soon-to-be-husband to come to JoAnn's and help me pick out fabric. Frankly, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I picked out the fabric-it's so dark not happy bright colors like in the original quilt and I'm pretty sure that one of the fabrics in upholstery fabric.

I'm pretty sure you belong on a chair, buddy!

Even though I had taken a quilting class by this point, I hadn't been taught how to properly cut fabric nor the importance of 1/4" seam allowances. Also, when I started piecing the quilt, I didn't even have a sewing machine and I was hand piecing it. Looking at it now, I do see a train wreck but I also can see how far I've grown as a quilter.

I'll be honest: I'm giving you tiny little pictures and writing a whole bunch because I am trying to save you from the ugliness that is this quilt.

It's just so ugly.

But, I never threw it away and last summer when we were spending so much time outside without a big enough blanket for all of us to laze about on, it dawned on me: why not make that ugly quilt into an awesome picnic blanket! I've got some great ideas that I will share with you as the project progresses on how to make this quilt a family picnic blanket.

Ok. The moment of truth. Here it is.
These are the borders that I added this afternoon. 

Pretty much how I've stored it for the last eight years. 

Someone wanted his picture taken!

From far away, it doesn't look so bad. 

It actually looks much better in the pictures than it does when it's hitting you in the face. What's amazing is all the 9-patch blocks are 3" x 3" and the instructions had me cut out each block 1.5" x 1.5"! That sounds so ludicrous to me now.

Today's plan was to iron and add on the borders. Now the quilt top is complete. Now to get to the backing which I think is going to be pretty interesting!

What do you do when a project doesn't turn out the way you wanted? Toss it out or try and redeem it in a brand new way? 

Happy Sewing!


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