Wednesday, October 23, 2013

An update....

So, I'm sure that you're all wondering how my wedding gift quilt is coming along, right?  Thanks for asking!  It's actually going quite well!  I made all 182 blocks; then I had to make up some kind of a layout for the blocks - and that went reasonably well (just don't ask how my knees tolerated kneeling on the floor for an hour or so.....).  Then I started joining blocks into rows.  The trick is to press all the odd rows in one direction, and the even rows in the opposite direction - they fit together SO much better that way!
Now I have the first 5 rows sewn together, and the rest sorted into odd and even rows.  Do you want to see what I've finished?  I thought you might!  Here we go with rows 1-5:
There are 14 blocks in every row, and I don't have a space large enough to accommodate the whole strip, so you get to see about 50% of the rows.  I'll do a better job when I post the whole quilt, okay? Thanks!

Of course, I'm still reading other people's blogs and I'm getting excited about all the other projects that people are working on.  I usually jump on the bandwagon of the latest designs - I buy the patterns, and sometimes even all the fabric for it, and then I have to put it aside, because the project(s) that I'm working on are usually more important.  That means that I get around to making the latest designs - it's just 6, or 8, or 12 months after everyone else has done them, and who wants to see them then?  So, when everyone in blog-land started doing the Jelly Roll Jam quilts from the Fat Quarter Shop, I decided that I needed to make it too - now!  I had a Good Morning jelly roll tucked away for a rainy day, so I grabbed it and followed the directions (they're super easy!), and I ended up with not 1, but 2 cute baby quilts!  There are no babies anywhere on the horizon in my part of the world, but our local Christian school is having their annual Goods and Services Auction in a few weeks, so I've decided 
to donate one (or maybe both) of the quilts.  I found a great piece of bright flannel in my stash - that will be the backing - so, I just need about 5 more hours to call these cuties DONE!  And, because I'm such a sweetie, I'm going to show them to you now, instead of making you wait until they're both done!   The first one is a little more masculine, and the second one is more "girly".  I'll share the pics of the completed quilts before the auction.  And now, I'm heading back to my wedding quilt!


  1. I love your quilt that you are doing for the wedding quilt. It is looking gorgeous! And those baby quilts are so sweet!. The hardest part about making big quilts in small spaces has to be finding the space to lay out enough of the quilt to be able to see what is happening with it so it can be sewn together. You seem to be managing that challenge very well, even if your knees would beg to disagree with that statement.

  2. Great photos!! Nice colours!
    I almost wish for a rainy day to see another project!!!