Thursday, 27 February 2014

February round up 2

I put Jacob's quilt/quilt top on my list for a number of challenges this month, so I've lumped them together.

Finishing the top was my "old" for Something Old, Something New.  Once again the "new" didn't get done, but I am pleased to report a success for the "old".  It was also my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes, so a double success this month!


I finished piecing the top and was hoping to get the back pieced in time for the EMMQG meeting on the 22nd February.  That didn't happen.


Here it is in all its glory, held up by my lovely assistant Moira.  She did point out that I'd chosen the shortest member of the group to hold up a quilt top, but she's wrong, that distinction goes to me!  I got the back pieced during the meeting, improv style apparently (I discovered this whilst telling them all how I don't really get improv and it scares me).


The reason for the pieced back is that when I bought the fabrics for this quilt, I bought a metre for backing.  Yes, I thought that would be enough.  I'd also bought a half metre for binding which is the top right piece of fabric!  Pieced back it was...


I bought Kristy's Just The Type paper piecing pattern (flawless as ever!) and pieced his name for the back.  I had the J and A done before the meeting, so just did the C, O and B.  I actually got loads done at the meeting, besides stuffing my face with tons of biscuits, cake, cheesecake and homemade soup... oh, and cheese muffins!  Not only did I get all this piecing done, I also got the quilt basted under the supervision of Kerry.  No wonder I had a migraine by the time I got home after all that work (and food), though I still suspect it's an allergy to a group member (most likely Ange).


So there we go, ta-dah!  This quilt also featured on my 2014 FAL list.  Let's have a look how I faired on that one:

1. Restart and finish Crewel Flowers - partly there, had a bit of a blip with my "flat" leaves
2. Finish hooking my rug - erm, not so far
3.  Finish Jacob's quilt - just needs quilting and binding.  Just. 
4. Sew chair cushions for my dining room.  - no... 
5. Handquilt/machine quilt my And Sew On quilt - I'm considering leaving this until I've had an FMQ lesson with Trudi as I don't want to mess it up
6. Finish the wrist warmers I'm crocheting - I can't bring myself to do this, though I curse myself every cold morning when I have to hold onto the freezing steering wheel.
7. Cross stitch the last Silhouettes picture for my dad. - Well I took it downstairs, does that count?

24 comments:

margaret said...

very nice pattern, well done to get it finished

heart of charnwood said...

I was just about to say how lovely the quilt was, and then i read how allergic you are to me, and I thought, probably right! Lucky i didn't stay the whole meeting, think how ill you would have felt!!! That is a particularly productive meeting, I get hardly anything done usually, but them i'm more sociable than you ;o)

Sarah in Stitches said...

The quilt looks great! I'm sure you'll be able to finish the quilting/binding soon :D

JoJo said...

Well done! I love it!

Shirlee Fassell said...

Love the quilt design and especially the fabrics!

Sandra :) said...

Jacob's quilt is magnificent, Wendy - he's going to love it! What a sweet auntie you are :) BTW - the pieced backing was a DESIGN DECISION - haven't I taught you that? I think a patchworked and pieced backing is more fun (and cuter) than a one-fabric backing - it's more creative, and it's certainly more practical!

Nancy Lee said...

I am with Sandra. The backing is so creative. Also, it makes the quilt reversible. He will love and treasure this. You are a lovely Auntie Wendy!

carol fun said...

Love the colors and pattern of this quilt! And his name on the back is perfect! What a great touch.

Chrissie said...

Your post makes me smile, I wished I lived I. Your neck of the woods! :-) wonderful quilt! And I did giggle at your final list, so similar to mine...Chrissie x

Fiona said...

I just love Jacobs quilt and wonderful way of personalising it ..
Hugz

CeLynn said...

This quilt is on one of my pinterest boards for a future project. Love the fabrics you used in this,and the pieced back is great. Pieced backs are my favorite,as I think it makes the quilt reversible. Good luck with the quilting and binding.

Jane Galley said...

The pieced name is brilliant. Fantastic quilt, and I'm sure he'll love it

dq said...

I really like this pattern and your colors are perfect! I like the white fabric inside the block that echos the pattern. Nice work. I also love that you put his name on the back.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

LOVE the blocks in Jacob's quilt, Wendy!!! A great design.

Kris said...

Love the quilt. I want to make one of those one day. I love how you put jacob in the other. So so cute.

Sew Surprising said...

so bright and crisp looking, love the type text letters in his name just perfect. Oh and improv scares me as well :/

genie said...

Your Jacob Quilt is adorable...and the back is absolutely precious. You were SOSOSO creative. It is going to be fabulous after you quilt it. What a wonderful piece. Kudos to you. genie

Jen said...

What a beautiful quilt - and I love the paper pieced name. Jacob is one of my sons' middle names!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Lovely! Such great colours and I love that you personalised it with the name. So sweet!

Sandy said...

Love the quilt and everything about it - especially the name on the back. Congrats on your finish!

Green Carlson said...

I really love this pattern. Great job.

Alex said...

Love the quilt!

Lorna McMahon said...

Wow, Wendy! You were sure busy! Sewing as well as noshing. Your quilt top and the backing look fabulous! Can't wait to see it all quilted up!

Seams Sew Together said...

Love the colours of your quilt...beautiful!