Thursday, June 30, 2011

big quilt equals lots of work

Many years ago I got the coolest gift my my friend Julie.  Her mom had made me a quilt.  At the time I thought it was the best gift.  She had made it in purples and greens to match my bedroom.  How sweet!

I never realized how much work actually went into making this queen sized quilt.  I have made a handful of quilts but never as big and never as many pieces until now.

Over the past three days I have been planning, cutting, ironing and sewing like a mad woman!  I totaled up that I cut out 315 pieces and it doesn't seem like that large of a number.   But, it is when you feel like you have been doing it for a hundred years.

I just finished the top piece of the quilt.  It is at this point that I am so ecstatic that I got the top finish but then quickly realize that I am still not done!  I need to either find a big sheet to put on the back and put the batting in the center OR piece together a back.  Either way it is still more work...

shown on king sized bed
When I started cutting out the pieces I really didn't have enough of any fabric to use so I had to use LOTS of different fabrics.  Some I didn't know how they would work together.

When I started to sew them I saw that they were surprisingly coming together nicely.  I am really happy with the outcome.  Now to get working on the back so I can use it.


Julie said...

Oh my goodness. The quilt you are making is so cool! I am in awe.

(Also, my mom is going to be so happy that she made it into your blog!)

Good luck!

Valarie said...

Thanks, Julie! I thought she definitely deserves recognition! Jorge claims the quilt your mom made so I needed to make one for me.