crafting, sewing

I've Been Busy with This + News

For the past several weeks I've been conceptualizing and preparing to make a quilt for our bedroom.  This will be my largest piece to date (king-sized!) and it felt at first like a pretty daunting task.

I purchased this fat quarter bundle of fourteen fabrics months ago, knowing that I would use it for a quilt but not knowing how.  This is not the usual way things are done.  Normally, one would pick a pattern and then carefully calculate the yardage of each fabric needed before purchasing said fabrics.

...Unless one had decided to make a random patchwork quilt.  And that's exactly what I thought I was going to do.  I'm fond of quilts with large blocks and irregular patterns like these:

Sources: Design Sponge and Peppermint Pinwheels

However, when I looked into the instructions for random patchwork quilts, I found out they're made just the way they sound -- randomly.  People were trying to tell me that one could just sew odd cuts of fabric together in a completely unpremeditated way and end up with a masterpiece.

Those who know me know that this is just not how I roll.  I like things to be ordered and methodical, not haphazard and unpredictable.  But I still wanted my quilt to appear random.

My solution was to create three different styles of blocks, each with large pattern pieces, that I could piece together to make a large, unpredictable-looking quilt.

These are my (hopefully legible) planning notes.  After figuring that I could get three pieces out of each of my pretty fabrics, I purchased some neutrals in grays and whites to fill in the rest.

The cutting was the hard part.  Cutting out 120 pieces, while trying to utilize as much of the pricey fabrics as possible, which meant sometimes piecing scraps together to create block components, proved pretty time-consuming.  I finished that part a couple of days ago and since then it's been onto the fun part: sewing!

I started by laying out the pieces to create one of the block styles and then set to work.  I'm already really excited about what I see.  I'm blowing through the sewing, which is good news because the most time-consuming part is yet to come.

I'm going to be hand-quilting this piece.  It may sound crazy, but I actually enjoy the repetitive task that is hand-sewing lines.  And I just love the look of hand-quilted pieces.  This shop makes some of my favorites, and here's another example below:

Source: My Bearpaw

This means, of course, that the finished product is quite a ways away.  But I'm definitely enjoying the process.

Side Note:  My increased productivity as of late may have something to do with the fact that I've finished the first trimester.  That's right -- we're expecting baby #2 in December!