Friday, January 25, 2013

Spools Quilt Finish

I finally finished the Spools quilt that I have been blogging about! I am so excited that it is finished and can't wait to give it back to Nana complete!
This is the whole quilt! It ended up being about 60x65.
Another picture of the whole quilt. I had a great time putting each block together and also putting the rows and columns together. It was pretty difficult to make sure that it was all balanced.
A lady from Nana's quilt guild quilted this for us. She quilted back and forth through each spool and loops in between. It really looks like thread on a spool and tangled thread. She did a great job!
For the backing, I chose to make another column of spools to line up with the front. The long-arm quilter did a great job of matching it up so the quilting would be the same. I know Nana can't wait to get her quilt back. She plans to keep it on her bed. :)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Not Much Action

I haven't sewn too much since Christmas.  We got the Spools quilt done by a long-arm quilter.  I am waiting for my mom to bring it this week so I can get the binding sewn on.  My grandmother was so excited and surprised when she opened the box with the quilt top in it!

The story behind the quilt: My grandmother has been quilting for almost as long as I can remember.  She has sewn for most of her life, but after she retired she learned to quilt.  One Christmas, I asked her to buy me a beginning quilting book.  After I got the book, she helped me make a very simple patchwork quilt.  It is not big at all, but it was my first quilt and is still special.  From there, I started reading blogs and finding patterns online, always calling Nana when I ran into a problem or needed an opinion.  She taught me how to use a rotary cutter, how to tack a quilt, how to make and attach border, and how to make and attach binding.  Without her help, I would not know anything about quilting nor would I have ever looked into getting started.  I owe all of my quilting to her.  I wanted to make something special for her to thank her for teaching me.  When I saw the Spools quilt pattern, I knew it was perfect for Nana since it related to sewing and quilting.  I can't wait to finish the binding up and attach a label and give the quilt back to its new owner!

The other quilt was for my mother-in-law.  I took the batting and everything to finish it when we went home for Christmas, but I did not have ANY time to do it.  I accidently left the batting there so I am waiting for that to come with my mom this week too. 

In other news, I am excited to say that I am in the process of testing a new pattern for Tie Dye Diva Sewing Patterns.  After the pattern is released, I can show more.  :)