Friday, June 1, 2012

Adventures in Quilting

I haven't blogged about my latest crafty project yet ... which I completed over a week ago. 
I'm a slacker, I know this.

You see I have a notorious habit of starting a new project (and not just any old project, it's usually a massive undertaking of some kind) before I finish whatever it is that I'm currently working on.  I like to call if Craft ADD. 

After trying and trying and trying some more to get a halfway decent photo of the four of us with my Canon on the tripod I gave up and declared that we would be having our family photos professionally taken.  I mean, as wonderful as the family shots we did manage to capture are (a blurry Mike trying to get into the shot before the timer goes off, a kid or two with a finger up their nose, and multiple double chins) it's not exactly something I want to send out on our Christmas cards this year.

I immediately started thinking about how I could make our photos more personal. 
A quilt!  We can all sit on a quilt!  Unfortunately none of the previous one's I've made were big enough to fit all four of us on. Neither was the one I was putting together out of found vintage sheets. So a month before our scheduled photo session I decided to make a new, massive quilt.

I had grand plans for this quilt, complete with a pre-determined design.  But because I actually had a time limit with my project that kind of all went out the window.  I can't be too upset though because if it wasn't for that time limit there is a good chance that this project would be one of those ones that takes me forever to finish.

Materials:
California Girl by Moda Jellyroll
Blue Flower fabric from Joann's
Green fabric used to make the binding from Hobby Lobby

Even though this quilt ended up quite a bit more simple than I had originally planned I still think that it maybe one of the most cherished projects ever.  The colors and patterns are just plain old amazing, plus it's a project that I set out to complete in a certain period of time and I actually did it.  That is feat all in it's own. I can't wait to have our family pictures taken sitting atop this beautiful blanket.


Of course I attempted to photograph my quilt on a super windy day.  Thankfully my husband and mother in law stepped in to attempt to hold it down so that the wind didn't carry it off.  Despite the hands and feet in the pictures, you get the idea.


I still can't believe that I managed to fit this thing through my machine.  It's huge, fitting a full sized bed comfortably.  Unfortunately we don't have a full sized bed in our house so it's new home will be on the back of my couch.

It's not crooked, I promise!  It's hanging on a clothesline and was too heavy so we had to find a stick to prop the line up.

The back of the quilt.  I used a pretty found vintage sheet that I picked up from a thrift store for a dollar.  It's couldn't be more perfect.

And that, my dear friends, is my quilting adventure!
Linking up:

19 comments:

Alyssa S said...

You did an amazing, fantastic, wonderful job! I have NOOOO idea how to work that freakin free foot! I'm still shell shocked from my first quilt attempt. Maybe someday I'll do another one. I like the jelly roll strip idea!

Quilting Mama said...

Love it! I'm super impressed you worked it through your machine too. Just random stippling or did you have a free-style pattern that you were going with? You give me inspiration to get my quilt tops quilted.

KasiaJ said...

I love it. Wow. Those fabrics are fabulous and I love the sheet on the back (and am also super jealous of the deal you got on it).

Kathryn Pepper said...

Very pretty!!

Kathryn
destinationcraft.blogspot.com

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Beautiful! I love it, it is so cheerful and welcoming!

Etcetorize said...

What a beautiful quilt! Love all of the colours and patterns together. If you're looking for another place to share your crafty projects, check out Etcetorize (http://etcetorize.blogspot.com). Would love to see you there!

Devon said...

i absolutely LOVE this... you did such an amazing job!!!!!!!

Pam Fields said...

I love the quilt. Beautiful job! I saw your link at Creative Me. :)

Catherine said...

Just saw your link at Sugar Bee - this is really beautiful! I love your colour choices.

Casey said...

Beautiful!

Angela said...

Soooo pretty and summery! I so wish I had the patience and talent to make quilts! :) Awesome job!

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

So cute! I wish I had quilting talents :)

Kim (TheMoney-Pit) said...

I love it! And I too have crafty ADD.. It is so much more fun to start a project than to finish it!

Alexis @ we like to learn as we go said...

This is beautiful! And I totally agree with you that doing projects is more fun when Netflix is on in the background. ;-) I would love for you to link it up to my link party. I know my readers would love it too!
http://weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com/2012/06/what-i-learned-wednesday-13.html

Six Sisters said...

Now this is impressive!! We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

Julie said...

Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/06/show-your-stuff-27.html

Splendid Little Stars said...

gorgeous! I love the stripes!

Erika said...

Beautiful! The fabric you used for the stripes is so pretty. Thank you for sharing.

Erika

Debi Bolocofsky said...

Beautiful quilt. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It ends tonight, but starts again on Wednesday.
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/apple-cinnamon-roll-pull-aparts-and.html
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky