Whole Lotta Knotta

I was really hoping to have a finish to share today, but progress is slow on hand-tying the Great Green Granny Quilt. I am learning a ton, though. Like pay more attention to the quilting requirement of your batting if you don’t want to tie 672 knots. 


Good news is, progress is coming along and I do feel like I’m actually getting close. And I love how it looks. Animals seem to love how it feels, as they’re constantly snuggling up in it if I set it down for even a moment. 

Slowing Down

Sometimes after a hectic week, it’s nice to slow down a bit. Or so I hear, from all the quilt bloggers who love hand sewing. Once again, I’m trying something new to me. It’s amazing how even with my 8.5 quilts and two little baskets to my name (“I am 25.5 years old”)*, every new project has many new and challenging elements. It’s challenging. It’s good. And I actually am finding some hand-sewing to be relatively painless and meditative.

hand sewing

Here I am, working away at the Great Green Granny Top. I have never hand-stitched anything before, and certainly never done a blind stitch. But I found this tutorial at Quilt Taffy (from 2008!). Bless the Internet. Sometimes I fancy myself a self-taught quilter and sewist, but the truth is, the lovely people of the web have taught me all I know.

Am I totally alone in finding these great 1960s/1970s fabrics absolutely delicious? I do consider myself a modern quilter, but I don’t think that has to exclude a love of vintage.

*I am not 25.5. Or rather I am, and then some. This is a reference to the wonderful terribleness that is Girls.

Finish-A-Long Q2 Proposals

Proposals! Somebody put a ring on it. But not me. Double wedding rings are way beyond my pay grade. [womp womp; #sorrynotsorry]

I am rushing to make this blog so that I can join in this great Finish-A-Long project. I’ve been watching these for a while and they are inspiring. I fully expect to finish zero of my current projects, but let’s try, right? I have too many big projects that are just getting off the ground. We’ll see what takes flight in the next few months within my limited schedule!

Rainbow Scraps Hourglass Quilt – Still in the cutting and collecting stage. I have just over half of the necessary 320 5″ squares to begin, so this is a long-term project. Note under the stack of cut pieces is from a friend who shared some yellow and teal scraps to boost my collection. I’m still short on yellow and teal (and purple and orange).

rainbow

Mariner’s Star Block/Medallion Quilt? – I decided I needed to teach myself paper piecing, so I picked up this free tutorial at Craftsy. It’s by Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy. It’s intended to be a pillow, but I think I might make it the center block of a medallion quilt. Maybe I’ll add flying geese and curves and such in the borders around it, and call it my Challenge Medallion Quilt, where I teach myself all the new difficult things. So far I have 1/4 of the first block done, so… that’s an infinitely greater amount of paper piecing done than I had ever done before!

compass

16 Patch Mother-in-Law Quilt – I really lucked out and got the world’s best mother-in-law when I got married. So it’s totally exciting that when I gifted her the chance to learn to quilt with me she was thrilled! I bought a bunch of fabrics from Hawthorne Threads, mostly from Art Gallery Fabric’s collection Fleet and Flourish by Maureen Cracknell, with a couple extras thrown in. I love the color search option at Hawthorne Threads (and they have AMAZING scrap packs, and I’m a scrap pack rat, so…). I think I have a good chance of making a lot of progress on this one, but it’s also contingent upon another person’s schedule matching up with mine, so that might prove difficult.

16 patch

241 Tote by Noodlehead, Kit from Pile O’ Fabric – I need to learn to make more than quilts. I’m probably jumping in too deep with this one, but that’s how I do!

241 tote

Compass Quilt – My husband has requested a compass quilt made of Botanics on dark gray (which is why I’m teaching myself paper piecing. This one will be quite a long-term project but I really should make an everyday quilt for us. I’ve so far made nine quilts in my life, and only one was for me and my husband, and it’s a Christmas quilt!

botanics

The Great Green Granny Top – I inherited fabrics and quilt pieces from my grandmother. This one is a nearly complete top. It probably could be complete as is, but there are a few additional squares not sewn on. I’d love to finish this up in remembrance of her. I LOVE how garishly the forest green clashes with the rest of it! Trés ’60s! I think I might try yarn ties (another new thing — real beginner, y’all) on it for an appropriately cozy feel.

green top

Improv Score #5, Rhythmic Grid – I have The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood. I’d like to try score #5 with some of my grandmother’s vintage fabrics (and some solids, stored separately).

vintage

QAYG basket – I made two of these last quarter and they’re tons of fun. I use them to hold Bubby’s dirty and clean pacifiers. Fabrics are a mix of my scraps and vintage scraps, and I’ll probably do that again, this time to make a thread catcher for myself. I used this tutorial from s.o.t.a.k. handmade and purchased the pattern from crazy mom quilts.

qayg basket

There’s more I want to do but I’ll stop there. No other fabric pulls done and the deadline for submitting this post is really, really close! Looking back over this makes me so thankful for the online quilting community; I would not be a quilter without it.