Monday, January 9, 2012

October Wedding Quilt

I've gotten way behind in posting here.  Between my Etsy, my regular job, and teaching a class this past semester, I never seemed to have any time to quilt.  I had hoped to get my sister-in-law Jennifer's wedding quilt done in time for her actual wedding in October, but it just didn't happen.  Instead she and her new husband Jeremy got it for Christmas.

Here it is finished.  I began working on it just after the start of Winter Break, and my goal was to have it quilted, but not bound, before leaving for Illinois.  But the pattern didn't seem to want to cooperate...  The pattern was Scrappy Trails by Carlene Westberg on Etsy.  It's clearly a simple Log Cabin block that I certainly could have figured out on my own, but I was wanting to try to save time by using pre-cut fabrics, and the pattern was labeled as being for charm packs and jelly rolls.  It listed the requirements as 1 charm pack & 1 jelly roll, but didn't give a number of squares or strips.
I found the Grand Finale line by Sandy Gervais, available reasonably priced from another Etsy seller, Quilted Thimble Cottage.  Was VERY pleased with her service.
As for the pattern, it was kind of a nightmare.  It started off by having you cut down all the charm squares into 4.5" blocks, instead of the 5" they already were.  Then I realized that I needed exactly 40 strips from the jelly roll, but both the roll and the charm back came with a color set of fabrics that just did NOT match the rest of the fabrics.  (Most were yellow, orange, brown & avacado, but a few were purple and teal.)  Long story short, I needed to resize the blocks in order to get a whole set out of each of the 30 matching strips.  This made the quilt several inches smaller all the way around, and led to two days of fabric cutting.  By the end of day two I had the blocks together, and nothing else.  Ended up piecing the front, quilting, and binding at my mother-in-law's dining room table.

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