Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Finished the quilt top...and now a lull

Last updated here.

After my last post, Josette came over and we worked on sewing all the squares together.  I decided we did need 32 border blocks, so we made the last 3 blocks.  A couple days later I changed my mind again, and decided on 30 blocks for the border.

The final set of blocks for the border, and the center blocks sewn together.

I thought the border blocks would take a while to put together, I don't know why, and so they just sat for a few days.  I visited Jessica at the hospital and got really inspired, and finished the whole quilt top within a day.

This is the final layout of the blocks, though the bottom row isn't sewn together yet.

That was a week ago.  Once I finished the top I decided on a four patch pattern for the back of the quilt, and cut out all 101 squares for it (all from "left over" fabric people had sent me--left over simply because people sent me such large pieces) in one evening.

Unfortunately two days later, and before I could do any more work on the quilt, I had to have emergency surgery to have my appendix removed (at 32 weeks pregnant), and have been recovering ever since!  At least I got the quilt top finished and in a safe place (away from the cat and dogs).  I'm anxious to get back to work on this quilt though, and hopefully can do the simple task of sewing together 4.5" blocks together soon.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Finished making blocks!

Last updated here.

I finished the last of the blocks for the front of the quilt.  Mostly.  I'm not really sure, actually.  I have 23 8-inch blocks, and Josette has 6.  That might be enough, or I might need to make 1-3 more, we'll see.

It looks a little rough around the edges, but it's coming together really nicely!

I should be able to gets lots done over the weekend and hopefully get started on the back too!  I have a bunch of fabric for the back that people have sent, and a fun idea of how to put it together.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Prayer Quilt update

Last updated here.

In the last 5 days I've gotten a fair amount done, though not nearly as much as I hoped or planned.  I've gotten two large packages of fabric, neither of which I was expecting (they were unexpected only because no one had told me they were sending so many late pieces), so my whole quilt plans had to change drastically to accommodate them.  I also developed shingles and a head cold, and my toddler hasn't napped at all, so my productivity and energy levels are extremely low.

The new layout: big blocks in the center, smaller blocks for the border.  The blocks are not in their final  layout, as the large ones still need to be trimmed and I plan to have better color distribution. 

Last night another quilting friend of Jessica's, named Josette, came to help with the block piecing.  I'm so glad to have her help this week!  I know it will go a lot faster having someone else do some of the blocks.  Between the two of us, I hope we can finish making the rest of the 32 smaller blocks for the border.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Jessica's Prayer Quilt

About a month ago, my good friend Jessica was diagnosed with stage IV bone cancer.  She's one of the healthiest people I know, so it came as quite a shock to everyone.  Knowing someone with cancer is hard because you so desperately want to help, yet there is very little you can actually do.  Well, I make quilts.  So on the way to visit her at the hospital I came up with an idea to make her a prayer/blessing quilt.  And to make it more personal, powerful and meaningful to her, I invited everyone she knew to be a part of it by sending me some fabric with a prayer or their name on it.

This is the block I made for Jessica's quilt.  It was my first attempt at paper piecing.  I have a poem to write on it still.

So far I have fabric from 32 people, and am expecting several more pieces by the end of the week.  Because my original idea of how to put this quilt together has changed, what I'm doing with the fabric people sent in varies depending on how big the piece of fabric is, and whether or not there is any writing on it.

The smaller pieces will have a border added to them, and the larger pieces I'm cutting up and then making large quilt blocks out of them.  My plan now is to make all the quilt blocks 12 inches square so it is easy to put them all together for the quilt top.  So far I've made 10 large quilt blocks, and love the way they have turned out.  I'm glad that there will be a lot of quick and easy blocks to just add borders to though, the pieced blocks take a lot more time and energy (and I'm nearly 8 months pregnant with a 2 year old, by the way ;-).

The first 12 fancy blocks.  The final quilt layout will be very different!

I'm touched by the fabric and prayers people have sent, as well as the kind notes people included to me.  Once I have finished making all the quilt blocks and figured out a layout for the front of the quilt, any fabric I get after that will be included in the back of the quilt.  And all the left over fabric scraps (that are still big enough) will be used in a scrappy binding.

I'll try to post photos a couple times of week for those interested in watching this quilt come together!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 Quilts

Here's a review of the 11 quilts I made in 2011 (not including any mini quilts).  The first three I made before starting this blog, but you can read a little more about them here.  The rest of them have links to the blog posts.  Enjoy!

1.  Postage Stamp, twin

2.  Disappearing Nine Patch Fishy Quilt, queen

3.  April Pinwheels, queen

4.  Log Cabin Star, baby

5.  Cesarean Quilt, wall hanging

6.  Fourth of July Quilt, twin

7.  Grey Half Square Triangle, full

8.  Stacked Coins, lap

9.  Bear Paw/Claw Quilt, twin

10.  Landscape Quilt, baby

11.  Birdy Quilt, baby