All-American Child Quitter

I am literally speechless.  Which never happens.  And it’s too late to call my mom.

I like to refer to myself as the “All American Child Quitter”.  My mom and dad put me in all sorts of activities growing up and I quit everything.  (Literally, everything.  Piano, flute, tennis, swim team, soccer, basketball, horseback riding…)  I wasn’t competitive enough for sports (or athletic enough, ha) or engaged enough to be valedictorian in High School.

But, this All-American child quitter is now a quilter.  And this quilter just won the Herringbone Block contest.  Say, WHAT?!

 

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I couldn’t be more humbled, excited, or more inspired to get back on the sewing machine and onto the next project.  Not to mention, enjoy spending the prize money on a new project!  I thought I was a winner for making my first quilt top, and I never expected to actually win because all of the projects were gorgeous, but this does make up for that time that I went the wrong way on the soccer field.

Mom, I hope I made you proud!

Thank you to Caroline at Sew Can She for inspiring me to take on this project.  Thank you to all the amazing bloggers who have reached out to this newbie and made me feel welcome.  (The quilting community is the bomb!)

And, finally, thank you to the hubs for checking out the design wall after I completed every block and encouraging me each step of the way  –  I promise I’ll clean up the dishes now that this project is over!

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Work in Progress Wednesday!

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I’m so excited because today’s WiP Wednesday post is partially a Work Done post!  While it’s not quilted, the Herringbone quilt top is done and that counts in my book.  Amen?  Amen.

I made the Sew Can She deadline (for the Herringbone block challenge) last night 30 minutes before the cut-off for the competition.  I like to to live on the edge, people.  There were so many great entries for this challenge, and I certainly don’t expect to win, but I did win.  I have a quilt.  One of those “everybody is a winner” moments.  Those never really exist, but they do in the quilting world!

The Herringbone Quilt: By the Numbers

  • 30 blocks
  • 5 ft x 6 ft (unquilted)
  • 3 Jelly Rolls
  • 420 Strips of Cuzco by Kate Spain fabric
  • 11 Days
  • 14 x too many repeats of the Indigo Girls’ CD
  • 3 nights of dirty dishes on the counter

Without further ado, the Herringbone quilt top is done!

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Now I have quite a few bags of scrappy triangles to sew together for the back of this quilt from all of the extra cuts offs of each block…

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I got all sappy on Instagram last night finishing this quilt …

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Yep, I took a photo of the last seam.  Yes, I did do that…

So, what next?  Why my original first quilt, of course!  Now that the Herringbone quilt is done, the Love Lives Here quilt is back up on the design wall.

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Only 9 more blocks to go…

And, of course, I’ve started another project.  The Sister’s Ten Modern Block of the Month sew-along.  Supposedly I should have two blocks done by the end of January.  I’m thinking February 1st is just fine!

Work in Progress Wednesday!

I have a feeling I’ll be having a lot of Work In Progress Wednesdays, before I have an actual finished quilt.  But, a girl can dream, right?  The other Work in Progress posts over at Freshly Pieced are so inspiring, you should go check them out.  Come on, you know you want to procrastinate!

Work In Progress Wednesday

I’ve made some progress on the Herringbone quilt.  This quilt makes me smile every time I see it on my design wall.

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I even started playing with the layout of this quilt, and while I like this, I’m not quite feeling it.

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I don’t like how the center of the diamonds are all different fabrics. See:

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Gross.

I wish I had planned them better, or had even used a white Jelly Roll, to off-set the zig-zag and give it some uniformity.  Next time, friends, next time.  And, yes, I’ve already decided to make another one of these – who wants a quilt?!

So, that’s my work in progress so far – but I can’t wait until it’s a work done.

I guess today I should piece these babies together …

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… Instead of getting sucked into The Bachelor like I did last night.  Whoops.

Happy Wednesday!

Up for the Challenge

My January goal was to complete my Love Lives Here quilt.  I’m still making progress – 21 out of 30 blocks done, but then the blog-world threw me a challenge.  I landed on Sew Can She’s new year challenge.

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Complete a project, using the Herringbone Block, by January 29, 2013.  So, of course, I thought this was a great idea.  Never mind that I wouldn’t get my fabric until January 18.  Being the Queen of Procrastination that I am, (thank you, Enloe High School), I knew a deadline was probably the best thing for me.  So, no, I’m not making a pillow, placemat, apron, purse, or something to small to help me out with this fast approaching deadline.  I’m making a full blown quilt in 11 days.

Here is the inspiration quilt for this blogging challenge – which I already had on my Pinterest board.  Obsessed.

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And, here is the tutorial by Bijou Lovely for this amazing Herringbone Block.  I’m telling you, this is the easiest quilt and her directions are so clear.  (Don’t you like my confident assertion even though I’ve yet to finish a quilt…?)  One tip:  if you want to make this quilt, which you should, buy Jelly Rolls instead of yardage of your fabric of choice.  This cuts your prep load in half, and I’m all about some shortcuts.  (Again, thank you, Enloe High School)

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Here is my fabric choice – Cuzco by Kate Spain which has been at the top of my fabric choice since I started even looking at quilts.

This fabric is absolutely gorgeous and I am digging the vibrant jewel tone colors.

I had a few other quilts I wanted to make with this fabric, but I knew this quilt was the right choice.  I think the choice to go bold is going to pay off in the end.  And, who am I kidding, of course I went for obnoxiously bright!

 

 

 

 

Since I bought the jelly roll, cutting the 2.5 x 11 inch strips was a breeze.  I organized the strips by color family so that I could easily disperse the color throughout.  (Great use of a TV tray, no?)

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Then it was go time.  Just cranking out block after block.  On a Saturday night.  (Hey, I have a deadline to meet, cut me some slack!)

First Block:

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Making Progress:

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And, finally, there is a completed row!

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(Cut me some slack, I’m a “quilter” not a photographer.)

Now, it’s on to laying out more blocks and some good ol’ quality time with Bernina the sewing machine today!

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So, here’s to hoping I meet the deadline, but either way I am loving this quilt!