My Interwoven Quilt

Friday, July 19, 2019

I will admit, there was a few minutes when I thought I might have bitten off more than I can chew with this quilt ...

Not that it wasn't doable, but more that I wasn't really sure I had the time right now to get the quilt completed.  I have a pattern to launch, 5 sets of awnings to finish, we leave for a couple of months in two weeks time AND we're having house guests for the next two weekends.

But I am SO glad I stuck it out!

This is for the daughter of a dear friend, L.  She just graduated from University of Southern California (USC) and is off to Harvard Law in the fall.  I have known her mom since before L was born.  John and I used to babysit for her when she was a tike and it's been a joy to watch her grow up to become such an amazing woman.

The color was based on school colors.  Crimson for Harvard and Cardinal and Gold for USC.  But because it is a quilt and not a school flag, there are other colors, eleven of them to be exact.  It was the first quilt that I used my newest Flexible Kona Color card on.

I had reached out to her mom with a couple of patterns that I was interested in trying and she liked the Interwoven Quilt Pattern by Lo and Behold Stitchery best. 

So I purchased the pattern, ordered my fabrics from Fabric Shack and waited patiently to get started!

I started with the lightest color.  Made my 5 squares.  And had to rip it all out again.

Turns out my scant 1/4" wasn't quite as scant as I thought it was.  The finished block needed to measure 10 1/2".  Mine didn't.

So I pulled out some scraps and fiddled with it until I had it right.  And then started all over again. 

A couple of lessons learned here, but one that I discovered that's worth sharing.  Don't rip the seams out and then sew back together.  Sew the pieces where you think they really should have been sewn and THEN take out the redundant seam.  So much easier.  Would have been even better if I had discovered that on the first block I had to redo.  😆

After that, I kind of just did a color or two a day (amongst all the other things that needed to get done).

Still trying to determine what I'll do with the extra half squares I trimmed off all the way around ... there has to be something I can do with them, right?!?!?

One thing I did, which I think helped a lot.  Because of the trimming, this quilt has a LOT of open ends on the perimeter (e.g. seams where you couldn't back-tack on them), so I did a large basting stitch at about 1/8" all the way around the quilt to hold the pieces together.

Ultimately, I got it completed!  Whew!

Then it was time for basting.  It was a pretty big quilt for my tight studio.  Again, I think the basting around the edges really helped here.

I can't believe I didn't get a photo of the back!  Here's the backing fabric that I used.  Which I pieced with some Kona Red and Kona Pewter to make it fit the back.

Someone said his arms were hurting from holding the quilt!

It is BIG!  57" x 71"

I am really happy with how it came out.  I think it's a nice vibrant quilt for a young woman and it really did stretch me to improve my stitching accuracy. 

While I don't know that I would jump in and make again right away as it is a time consuming pattern.  It is definitely a pattern I will hold onto.  I am kind of intrigued with the two color version that Brittany designed.  So I may yet find another excuse to make it come 2020.

Thanks for stopping by!


The quilting mistake ...

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Oh ... you've been there.

You're trying to figure out how to quilt your latest endeavor ... you have a lot of ideas.  But more likely, you've got this nagging suspicion that what you're about to do is going to detract from the quilt, so instead, you go safe and simple.

Well ... to be perfectly honest, safe and simple would have been the better choice here.

I thought that the quilting outline that echoed the shapes would have been a good element.

It wasn't.

Honestly, it probably wasn't the quilting lines that were the problem, it was likely the density of the quilting.  Sometimes, less is more.

The quilting distorted the simple design on the quilt top.

I share, not because I am proud of the mistake, but because quilting is a process with learnings ... every day.  And I want to share the learnings as well.

The good news is it was a baby quilt, so it was only about 3 hours with a seam ripper to remove it.

But rip it out I did!  In the end, I went SUPER simple.  Straightly line quilting at 1 7/8" spacing (that was determined by the spacing on the elements in the quilt).   It's just tight enough that nothing else is needed and yet I call the quilting both loose and scarce.

It's an example of NOT letting the quilting take over the quilt.  This is a simple design.  In the absence of a cool, mid-century-modern quilt design on a long arm, this quilt just needed some basic quilting that let the design shine through.

Oh ... and did I mention the PERFECT backing that I had in my stash?


Quilt details:

Pattern:  Freja Quilt Pattern by Shinersview (hopefully launching July 25th).
Dimensions:  Baby version, 40" x 50"
Fabric:  Kona solids.  Ash, Curry and two other yellows (not sure which ones)
Backing:  Honeycomb something, purchased about 2 years ago from Hawthorne Supply, pretty sure it's no longer available. Oh wait!  I found it.  It's Minimalista by AGF Studio.
Binding:  Kona Curry solid

Oh, and not only did I quilt the same quilt twice in two days 😏I also baked my FIRST EVER pie!

And it was AWESOME!  A blueberry & rhubarb pie with a home baked pie crust, no less.  You can find the recipe here and it gets 5 out 5 stars!  Pretty simple to make and it was delicious—hubs and I polished it off in 3 nights—just the two of us!

Lisa launched today ...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Ssshh ... at least that's how I think I am treating yesterday's launch.

After 2 years building a successful little business on Etsy ... earlier this year I started to grow weary of the constant changes that Etsy was making and the impact that they were having on my business.  So I researched some options and in January, started working on opening up on the Shopify platform.

Funny thing is, that's it's actually been ready since about March, yet for some reason, I just haven't been ready to take the plunge.  But plunge I did ... yesterday!

I guess I am being somewhat quiet as I am still working on a few things that need some attention and most of my pillow inventory is still missing.

That said, I am proud that it's out there ... and I am happy to say that I was able to navigate Shopify's tools bin and do all of the creation of the site on my own.

And what I am SUPER proud of is the decision I have made to donate 10% of all profits from to a charitable cause that is near and dear to me, Ovarian cancer research.  If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I am a survivor of Stage IIC Ovarian cancer—an 18-year survivor.  As I have discovered over the past 18 years—there simply are not a lot of us out there.

When I opened the store and started selling on Etsy, it was to pay for my health insurance (that's another topic for another day).  Now that the shop brings in enough profit to pay my health insurance premiums, I want to give back and help others fight a disease that claims far too many of us each year.

So there you have it!  There will be more about the store over the coming weeks I am sure.  For those of you who have a few minutes, head on over and give it a look.  Feedback at this stage is ALWAYS so welcome and I would love to hear it.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this blog, as intermittent as these posts tend to be, I do always have the best of intention to post some of my efforts.  So I will leave you with the commitment that I will continue to remind myself to do so!


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