Friday, 28 June 2013

Bits and Pieces ALYOF for June

When I showed my husband the quilting in progress, he asked me how long it took me.  I laughed and said 18 months.  I was only half joking :)  I did start it that long ago but I definitely wasn't working on it full time.  However, it has consumed most of my waking hours for the last two days!


It measures 56" x 64" before washing and contains 896 2 1/2" squares. And all of the squares are scraps, most from pieces under 3".  Every time I collected a container of squares, I spent some time chain piecing them into pairs.  Even the binding is made from scraps!


It's backed in a teal flannelette sheet and quilted with white thread in a faux cathedral pattern.  The sheet did give me some puckering problems.  I'm not sure if it was the material, reduced sensitivity from my gloves or a combination of both.  I wouldn't swear off sheet backings forever, but I don't know if they would be my first choice.

I LOVED the quilting.  It's my first time FMQing that I went really smoothly.  I had no tension issues and the stitches were smooth and easy.  The gloves definitely helped!  It was time consuming but I will be using this pattern again.  I just love some dense quilting!


Someone else loves it as well :)  She couldn't wait to snuggle up under it.  Best part of the process was hearing her say "I love when you make me blankets.  They are so warm and snuggly!"  The 3 year old immediately requested one of her own.


I think my favorite part of this quilt is the fact that it's like a scrapbook of all the quilts and projects I've completed over the last few years.  Including some pieces from my 7 year old's nursery curtains, the backing of the baby's quilt and more.  I'll definitely be starting another when my scrap bin gets full!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, ALYOF and 5 Days...5 Ways

21 comments:

  1. So totally wonderful! I love all the little pieces. Memories....

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  2. Fabulous, a whole blanket of memories!

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  3. Love the quilt... But especially the quilting. Did you mark the circles or just eye it up as you went?

    Lorna:)
    http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

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  4. Although I certainly love well planned, perfectly laid out patterns - I really do believe overall, scrappy quilts are almost always the most beautiful of them all. This one certainly is.

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  6. Such a great way to use up those scraps, love how it turned out:)

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  7. That FMQ looks fantastic. I tried the cathedral technique lately and thought it was harder than it looked! Such a beautiful quilt:)

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  8. Awesome FMQ! Was it really hard to do? Great picture of your daughter snuggled up with it by the way!

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  9. That's a lovely quilt, and you did a great job on the quilting.

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  10. Lovely quilt. It will be so nice to spot fabrics and remember and it is so bright an colourful. I also love the quilting.

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  11. Lovely quilt and quilting. The photo with your kiddo snuggled up is great. It inspired me to finish the quilt for my daughter today. I started it in October 2012. Ha! It only took eight months - ugh!!! Great job. I need to make a scrappy quilt.

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  12. What a lovely quilt! And a great idea to cut the squares and do some piecing as you go! The picture with your daughter is adorable...I can almost feel how soft and comfy that quilt must be! Love the quilting too!

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  13. I love how scrap quilts document all the other quilts you've made. Your fmq is really good! Well done. I haven't tried this shape yet. Did you follow a tute from someone?

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  14. This is so lovely!! Your FMQ is amazing!!!

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  15. What a beautiful scrap quilt, beautiful matching points too!

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  16. I love you Postage stamp quilt! Awesome job with the quilting. I've been piecing mine together with leaders and enders and I'm surprised how quickly it's coming together :)

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  17. This is so good! I love your FMQ and the coming together of scraps from other quilts. Will definitely be pinching this idea!

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  18. This is beautiful! I love the memories that quilts like this have in them.

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