Thursday, January 22, 2015

First Quilt Top Finish for 2015

I finished my brother's quilt top - so glad.  I found a few aspects of piecing this quilt top to be a little stressful.

First, all those points coming together...I did my best not to cut off the tips when putting the blocks together and was satisfied with the overall results.

Second, four borders - I don't mind two, but four is a bit much especially managing all that quilt bulk and trying not to let the weight of the top stretch the border fabric while sewing.

Finally, the fabric raveling all over the place.  It is Haversack (RJR Fabrics) - big letdown in my opinion - I'm not a fan of constantly snipping threads and then having to zig zag the final border edges so I don't wind up with a huge mess on my hands after the quilting is done.



Now that is is completed, I'm happy with the way it turned out and I think my brother will like it as well.

Next step is to buy backing fabric, put it together and get this bad boy off to the quilter.

The quilt pattern is Arcadia Lane by Legacy Patterns.  I made a couple of modifications for this top: 1 added cornerstones and added a little extra width to the brick red inner border and the striped outer border, so the quilt finished at 71.5" x 83.5" (the pattern's finished size is 66" x 78").


Sunday, January 11, 2015

A little encouragement goes a long way

My brother's quilt has been languishing in the sewing room. I sort of lost interest in it and was also a little daunted by all the points coming together in the seams of the blocks.  Anyway, I didn't make any more blocks after I finished the first two.  I kept walking past the piles of flying geese and rectangles waiting to be sewn into 1/4 blocks and tried to ignore them so maybe the quilt fairies would come finish them for me.

Well, I received the nicest comment from Allie and she mentioned that she really liked the quilt I was making for my brother.  That was all the motivation I needed to get cracking.  My poor brother is freezing out in TX and I know he could really use this quilt.  So I put my nose to the grindstone and got sewing.  I finished all the blocks and got them sewn into rows.


Now I will say these fabrics ravel like crazy - I hate working with fabrics that do that.  Even though I like the look of homespuns, you'll never see me make a quilt with them.  All the threads sticking out and pulling through make me crazy (and some days it's a short trip to crazy).

In any case, once I sew the rows together, I will need to add 4 borders to finish the quilt off.  I'm hoping I will be able to send it out to TX for him to use next winter.

A big thank you to Allie for giving me the motivation I needed to get this quilt going :)