Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Not Turning Twenty Quilt Finish

 Can you say UFO finish!  I'm jumping up and down because I can.  I affectionately call this quilt The Not Turning Twenty Quilt.  I know that seems strange.  At the time my husband wanted to make a quilt for one of his good friends using blue and cream fat quarters.  

My suggestion was the super easy Turning Twenty (not an affiliated link) quilt pattern.  It's fat quarter friendly and a great beginner quilt.  Above is the one I made...my very first quilt ever (you can read more about it here).  He loved the sound of it until he started laying his cut pieces out, and then he hated it.  He ended up landing on this quilt layout.

And that was 2017 and then the quilt sat.  And sat some more. Then in January of 2018 I decided I was brave enough to start quilting this project and I had a plan.

In all of the rectangle sections I quilted a woodgrain pattern.  Since it was for a guy it seemed manly.  And I was really loving the texture it was creating.  The problem?  I got all of those parts quilted and realized I had no idea what to quilt in the squares.  And the quilt creator and I had a falling out and my motivation really just went away.  And that's all I have to say about that.

Over the past few years I have watched many videos by so many talented quilters.  I'm forever grateful for quilters like Angela Walters, Judi Madsen and Natalia Bonner (and so many more) who share their quilting knowledge.  And all those that share on places like Instagram and provide inspiration for others.  Because of hours watching and learning and a rekindling with the quilt maker, I decided it was time to finish this quilt and get it to the gentleman it would belong to.

To offset all the curves of the woodgrain, I decided to go with straight line quilting in the four square sections.  Two would get random triangles with straight lines and the other two would get an X's with echos.

I'll be honest, I was so happy with the quilting, I kinda didn't want to give it up.  It was texture galore!  But at the end of the day, it's not my quilt.  I didn't piece it and it wasn't created for me.

I am happy to say the quilt was delivered to the lucky fellow in fall of 2022.  The quilt maker was supper happy to find that I had kept the quilt and wanted to finish it.  Of course, I kept it.  We do not throw quilts out EVER!  

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Diatom QAL-Block 3 and first Row


I'm giving myself a huge pat on the back for keeping up with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl and her Diatom QAL, going on as we speak.  Like the crazy person that I am, I decided to make both the throw and twin-size version of the quilts.  

Luckily there has been no more fabric changes, which made the blocks come together much quicker.  Ms. Carmella is loving being in the middle of things.  She's such a huge help...well in her mind she is.  

Since I have a little bit of time before Block #4, I decided to go ahead and sew what would be the first row together.  I needed some instant gratification, and it will be less to stress about at the end.

And I just realized looking at the picture, I have a corner block in the first purple block turned wrong....but I think it is staying.  No more remakes :)

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