quilting 911 - creative bliss

Monday, November 5, 2012


i have a confession.  i've been cheating on my vintage sheet inspired quilt with a new one.  i know, i feel guilty.  i try to work on only one quilt at a time but this time i've cheated.  i blame it completely on lotta jansdotter.  yep, it's all her fault.  why did she have to come out with such a lovely line that i just could not absolutely resist making a new quilt for myself out of?  it lured me over to the dark side.  i quickly bundled up my other quilt and put it aside to jump head first into the frenzy of lotta sewing.  the line - bella.  the result?  can't show you yet...hehe.  but i loooooove it.  i think it's my fave quilt to date.  why?  because it was completely spur of the moment and i just winged it. 


sometimes my most favorite projects are the ones that are totally unexpected and not on my schedule or list at all whatsoever.  it feels wild and freeing to do this once in a while.  i'll just drop everything and immerse myself completely in something new and unplanned.  i just lose myself in it and boy is it fun.  even though i feel guilty for dropping my other quilt faster than a hot potato i feel that it's worth it to have this new baby to snuggle up under.

how to sew binding roundup
want to know what the best part is?  it's going to be my first quilting tutorial!!!! yes!  i'm so excited!  it definitely is something i wanted to share and it's the perfect quilt for all you fellow newbie quilters like me to sink your teeth into.  so watch this space....it's coming soon.  i spent all my kid free time yesterday quilting my brains out on this bad boy so that today i can start putting the binding on. i had tons of work to do but i just. couldn't. stop. quilting.  speaking of binding....don't forget about our how to sew binding roundup! this is a great resource of tips and techniques for binding your quilts.  i refer to it all the time.

1. rocky shore in schooner 2. scattered sand in seaspray  3. seaside stripe in seaspray 4. seaside stripe in warm grey 5. rocky shore in sunspray 6. woven in schooner all from bella by lotta jansdotter
want to know what prints i used for my new quilt?  i used the lovelies shown above & even had to add some color palette boxes below the prints just for fun! aren't they purdy?  i don't want to reveal too much and all i can say is i'm digging it.  yep. i even snuggled under it for a few minutes after i was done quilting it.  i feel like that is the moment of true quilting love for me. i love the quilting part the best out of the whole process.  it's so exciting and fun for me.  this time was tricky though.  this was a much bigger quilt than i'm used too and it was a good workout trying to fit it in my machine.  it was tricky and time consuming but i managed to push through and i'm happy with the outcome. it ain't perfect but heck...who is right?  it's all a learning process for me.


i simply love the feeling of getting lost in a quilt and watching the time fly by while i'm having a heckuva lot of fun. there is something so soothing and relaxing about quilting that i just can't put my finger on it but man is it good for the soul and oh so rewarding when you are done. i even have to admit that this is the first time i'm actually looking forward to the binding process.  i usually detest it but have started to grow a fondness for hand sewing my binding.  i sew the first side by machine and hand sew the binding down.  this works great for me and i love snuggling up under the quilt with my trusty thimble.  it's starting to become fun for me and i'm so looking forward to this evening.  that is exactly what i'm going to be doing tonight. i can't wait to show you all the finished product and share the tutorial.

what quilt are you working on right now?  do you love or detest the binding process? which part of quilting is your favorite?  do you find yourself getting lost in creative bliss while quilting too?  let's chat m'dears!  it's monday and it's finally not raining here! yay!!!

21 comments:

  1. this. this is why i'm desperate to start my first major quilting project. but i've forced myself to finish my first major crochet blanket before tackling the quilt.
    i think maybe you're a bad influence. ;)

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    1. Hahah...sorry...lol. Can't wait to see the crochet blanket though! At least those are usually quick and then when my tutorial is done you can whip up the quilt as a reward for finishing your crochet? :)

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  2. I am so scared of the quilting process. I'm finally just going to admit it... I'm just chicken! It's ticking me off a bit b/c I generally just jump into everything with both feet, but I have had Olivia's quilt top done since she was a baby and I had such a list of excuses... waiting to see what gender the baby would be so they could have matching backings, waiting on ordering the backing, yadda yadda. No excuses at this point and I'm just chicken. Bah! As for binding, I don't mind it at all! I do it the same way, hand binding the back. I've done it on my faux-chenille quilts. Easy bo breezy. The first hour or so I decided I was insane and never again, and then it was done before I knew it and a great way to pass time while watching shows.

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    1. Don't be scared....just jump in. What's the worst that could happen? You just rip it out. No biggie..I promise :)

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  3. Ooh, looking forward to seeing your quilt, I love that line and saw a gorgeous quilt using the echo prints. I've just got all the supplies together for my first quilt. Can't wait to get started. I'm hoping to finish it in time to give it to my eldest son for Christmas. I usually avoid hand sewing but I'm kind of looking forward to the binding as it means it'll be nearly done. Fingers crossed I'll get some time this weekend to start.

    Is the extension table really handy for quilting by the way? I also have an ambition.

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    1. I really like having the extension table for both quilting and general sewing. Keeps everything nice and flat when I'm working. I enjoy it.

      Can't wait to see your quilt too. I hope you get lots of time to work on it this weekend.

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  4. I love piecing a top and binding! But I really don't like the quilting process.

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  5. I'm making a quilt for my in-laws for Christmas. My MIL bought all the fabric when they went on a cruise to Alaska a few years ago. She always intended to make it herself but has gotten bogged down with other projects (mostly for her grandchildren). Since we're not spending money for Christmas she suggested that I finish it for her. I have all the blocks done, now to the sashing and finally the quilting. I'm rather excited. I think I'll prolly bind it the way you do too. If I had time I'd prolly hand quilt the whole thing (though I just might since this pregnancy has knocked me off my feet)...I love how much control handiwork gives you.

    Can't wait to see your tute and quilt!

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    1. Awww...poor cute preggers. Rest m'dear. Rest. They should all be making you gifts this year while you put your feet up :)

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  6. LOVE those prints! I can see why you were inspired to start something new.
    I'm going to work on a couple of i-spy quilt(ish) blankets for my kiddos. Except there won't be any batting...so does that still count? Maybe not.
    Can't wait for your tutorial!

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    1. I love making those kinds of blankets too! so fun!

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  7. I am in love with this quilt already! the prints are so lovely!!! my fav part is hand sewing the binding too. it's the first snuggle under the quilt and it's not completely done yet. I love that all those hand stitches are what make it looks so finished off and perfect. My friend machine sews her binding and i keep thinking that she spent all that time quilting and she just wrecked it with a sloppy binding. Hand sewing just really adds that extra touch.

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    1. I agree. I've tried so many different methods and this is the one that works best for me for an even and lovely finish.

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  8. I'm working on my first quilt! Just a little each day [knitting will always trump] but I'm so in love with the process. I've cut a gazillion pieces, and half way into sewing those little pieces to one another and so that next I will sew them to create 39 blocks... I have a feeling when I hit that stage I am going to struggle trying to over plan everything, but I'll take it as it comes. One thing I doooo miss right now though is sewing a line more than a few inches long... argh!

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    1. Oh my! I cannot wait to see this!!! Sounds gorgeous! I admit I would miss sewing a longer line as well. This quilt was super fast and quick to put together and was greatly appreciated after doing my zig zag quilt.

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  9. Love Bella, can't wait to see your quilt! I love binding, I even like making it, totally weird. Right now I'm in t-shirt quilt hell, but it is a year overdue, so I have to get through it to be able to get back to fun, pretty stuff.

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  10. I wish I had your discipline to (usually) have only one quilt on the go at a time! I'm working on 2 quilts in matching fabrics for my girls - one top done, the other half way through. Then there's my pick up put down (insert months in between those actions) family stitchery quilt project, still hand embroidering the blocks. There's the sample quilt blocks from the beginners quilt class I'm taking - at least I'm ready for sashing here! And a teddy bear applique quilt started for my 1st baby in utero - she's 4 now! And I've completely gone off the appliqued teddy bear thing!!! Love those fabrics tho, maybe there's a new project calling me lol

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  11. here's one for you :o) http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2012/10/baby-blankets-and-binding-tutorial.html

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  12. I usually try to stick with the "one quilt at a time" rule, too, to make sure I don't just sew the top and not finish it. But right now I'm working on 2 quilts for my friend, who is having twin girls. Unfortunately I just found out she's being induced tomorrow, instead of next week! I just have the binding to go, but since we live almost 2000 miles apart, I guess it'll be late. I don't think anyone will notice :)

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  13. I have a problem. I have the patchwork sewing part figured out. I attempted free motion quilting for the first time, and need to bind a quilt for my MIL and am super nervous because I have never done it before. In procrastinating I have 4 other quilt tops and backings ready to be quilted, 30 blocks for a new log cabin quilt, and stacks for 5 other quilts... I need to quit being terrified of the quilting and binding parts and just do them! :o). And did I mention I am trying to do some garment sewing for myself. I am tying to limit my knitting projects so AI don't end up with the same problems there. :o)

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  14. I'm plugging away at my vintage sheet twin size quilts (onw wonky star and one dresden plate) whilst dreaming of the very thing you are doing- dropping it all and cutting into my stash of Lotta's gorgeous fabrics! I haven't decided what pattern I'm going to use, so I'm anxious for your tutorial. I was leaning towards a swoon, with fussy cut trees in the center.

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