Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I'm an over-ambitious quilter

Hello, my name is Wendy and I'm here to admit that I'm an over-ambitious quilter. I bite off more than I can chew. Case in point: I've completed a couple small quilts, a few wall quilts and a baby quilt. I'm not one to ease into it, so I decided, it's time to make a KING SIZE quilt! Yay! So I set about making a king size quilt. Maybe I'll finish it when I'm 60?!

I saw this wonky star design on Pinterest and decided it was for me: 

The tutorial is from the Blueberry Patch. She made her quilt with scraps. I decided to make mine with solids.

I took the project to a sewing retreat and made a bit of headway. I sat for SIX HOURS and cut a zillion and a half 4 inch squares. Then I had to cut the solid colors in half to make a bazillion and three triangles. It took forever.

My arm was sore from cutting, but after six hours, they were finished!

Then I got to sew! The construction of wonky stars is pretty simple and you can't mess it up, which is what I like about it. Each star has five, four inch squares: a solid center, and then each white square has two colored wonky star points.


More progress! I love how the white makes a pinwheel design.

After my sewing retreat I brought all of my blocks home and laid them out on the floor. It really doesn't look like much but that's what six hours of cutting and 10 hours of sewing got me. I'm probably 30 percent finished with the quilt?! Ahhh, only 30 percent!! Lots more work to do!

I can't begin to piece together the blocks until each of the square blocks are complete because they get sewn together in long strips. I plan to make the quilt 120 inches by 120 inches so it can cover my king size bed and have lots of drape. 

And then! As if that's not enough! I participated in a mini quilt swap, and I decided it would be a fab idea to HAND SEW my mini quilt! Haaa! {I'm nuts, I know!!}

First I cut out almost 300 60-degree triangles out of cardstock. 

Then I cut out my fabric into 60-degree triangles. I sketched out my pattern too.

I do really like English Paper Piecing because I can stitch while my kids are playing or while watching TV. 

Annnnnd I missed my swap deadline! The mini quilts were supposed to be mailed out last Friday and I was no where near being done. For some reason when I decided to do a hand-sewn mini quilt I must have forgotten that I had one of my biggest work events to plan at the same time?! I hardly had any time to sew. 

So, sew, sew, sew NOW! My goal is to finish this project in the next couple of weeks so then I can begin some Christmas sewing projects! I may have to put away my king size quilt blocks and work on them after the new year! 


Cathy said...

Way to go! And yes, it takes a long time!

Elita en Suisse said...

Oh my heavens, you had me rolling when I saw you were doing a KING-SIZE quilt! Good on you for jumping in, feet first, phone and all. You ARE making good progress and it's looking lovely. Good luck & keep stitching!

Iris Took said...

This might as well be calculus to me. You are so talented!

Wrestling Kitties said...

Yes, what Iris Took said!!! I commend you because that all looks foreign to me. SO many pieces and so much time. Bravo!!! I don't think I have the patience for that!

P.S. It looks AWESOME!!

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