Monday, January 31, 2011

stitched together

This is one of those projects that I couldn't be happier about finishing. I honestly don't know why it took me so long. (Probably because I am a little (a lot) intimidated about quilting.)
Remember me talking about the twelve square quilt?
{Twelve women make twelve quilts in a virtual quilting bee. Each month a different quilter mails out fabric to the other members of the quilting bee. Everyone makes a quilt square using that fabric and fabric from their stash, according to some specification, but also bringing their own unique voice to the square. The squares are mailed back to the originator and they have the makings for a full quilt!}
So, eleven others made my squares. The only thing I had to do was sew the squares together and finish it off. The months passed and finally I decided to implement Kristyn's 15 minute method. Fifteen minutes a day. Or, fifteen minutes every other day. Or, fifteen minutes a week. I'm pretty sure I did fifteen minutes a month. Because that is how long it took me. Months.
I backed it with a thrifted sheet. Machine stitched it together and hand stitched the binding. I stink at hand sewing... and I'm okay with that.
I am beyond thrilled to have this finished. And the squares that the eleven others made couldn't be more special to me. Eleven gorgeous squares, made from eleven talented women, stitched together to make one sweet quilt for my Libby.
Pretty darn Amazing.
Happy Monday!

79 comments:

Suzanne said...

Yay for you! I love the Ls stitched into the blocks. It's such a cheery quilt.

Proud Mama said...

So much fun to have a finished blanket. I am sure she loves such a happy quilt. I remind my small people that a mama made quilt is wrapping them in love - cheesy, but they love it.

Sarah Jane said...

Congrats! What beautiful, bright colors!

Jennifer said...

It's very pretty, and that thrifted sheet is perfect for the back. Great job getting it finished.

aracne said...

A very beautiful achivement. I like this idea of the twelve square quilt,I would like to be part of one sooner or later.
But even more I love the 15 minutes discipline, it is not frightening to make an engagement for such a short time!

Miss Lou said...

I love the fabrics on it! I should try quilting sometime...

Trisha said...

It is beautiful! So, are you converted to quilting yet? :)

kim said...

Oh, it's so beautiful! I am in awe of people who sew. What a wonderful keepsake for Libby.

Maile (My-lee) Ann said...

I love it! I love the color, the fabric, the idea, and the finished product. Wow!

Jess said...

So wonderful!

Lyn said...

It's lovely, well done!
love
Lyn
xxx

mle said...

It's beautiful! well done!

sapphireblue said...

That's beautiful and cheerful!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

fWhat a perfect quilt for your girly! Beautiful.

Pomegranategrl said...

It's beautiful! Awesome job!

Amanda said...

No matter how long it took you, it's gorgeous! I love the colors!

Chris said...

Awwww. She can't get that store bought! What a lucky girl.

Linda said...

Truly amazing, I love the colours!

noknittedknickers said...

I absolutely love this. And I especially love that it was such a collaborative process... Well done everybody!

Claire

house on hill road said...

awesome! that sheet is the perfect backing! (also, my quilt is still not finished and i think my vqb was a year before yours...._

Leonie said...

Awesome quilt! And such a lovely story behind it as well.

Jane said...

love it! And it would have taken me years...to finish. What a great corner!

wayside wanderer said...

Wow, oh, wow. This is beautiful!!! Love the pinks and flowers. What a treasure. It makes me happy just looking at it.

From All Stitched Up said...

It is beautiful and it got done when it was supposed to. Sometimes I need to let things ferment awhile till I've got the right plan. You also need to give yourself credit for the quilt squares you made for other people. That took a whole year!

Kate said...

Congrats on finishing a big project! It looks great :)

MadMad said...

Oh, that's gorgeous - very worth it in the end!

stitching under oaks said...

it turned out wonderful. I love the vintage sheet that you used for the binding and back....perfect. And lucky Libby gets the benefits of all that hard work.

Monica said...

It may have taken long, but it beautiful. The colors are happy and bright, it makes you smile.

Frances said...

You made me laugh with that "15 minutes a month" bit. I so understand what you mean about trying to keep up with best intentions.

A new month begins tomorrow! xo

Tora Consolo said...

Yeah you! I'm in the middle of 6 quilt classes at a local quilt shop and really excited about them. What is it with knitting and quilting? Must our hands ALWAYS have a needle in them? LOL

Molly said...

Hey! It looks wonderful! And doesn't it feel great to finish something? Love this idea---because YOU get to chose the fabric, which, we all know, is the most important step in making a quilt!

caknitter said...

Aw, the quilt is so beautiful. Perfect in every way for a young girl. Love it!

Modisch Schreibt said...

Ooooooh, how lovely is this quilt. I too would be thrilled with the way it turned out. Sometimes it's the best things that take so long to finish and accomplish.

Anita said...

Great job on that sweet quilt there!! Good on you. Kind regards, Anita.

Camilla~ Bloom said...

Love the beautiful colors...on the quilt and the walls. I didn't know that was the concept behind the quilt- that is both fun and interesting.

~Sarafina~ said...

So cute! I love it! Great work!

Caffeine Girl said...

I can see why you love it. That is really pretty. And I love the fact that it is a group project.

Nantucket Dreams said...

As a pink and green fan, I love this Leslie! And my mom and I are enrolled in a beginners quilting class!

Alisha said...

oh what a great idea...using a thrifted sheet. i have a quilt top needing a bottom and am so going to try this!!

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen said...

I have a retro skirt in the very same material as your backing - how funny!

Kristyn Knits said...

it's absolutely PERFECT! I love all the fabrics you sent out. this will be a keepsake she'll treasure forever. step by step and it's finished!

Judi A. said...

I love quilts, but am not a quilter. I could be if I wanted to, but all those little pieces intimidate me. What a treat to have others make the squares for you. You did a great job putting them together and no one will know by looking how you feel about your hand stitching. When I teach someone to sew I always tell them that there will be something wrong or that you don't like, but no one else will notice unless you tell them about it!

Linda said...

It's super cute!!!

Meggie said...

The quilt is lovely, Les! So happy you got it finished. I'm sure Libby is happy, too.

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Philigry said...

oh, i love, love it! I looks perfect in her green room!

beki said...

it looks great! I still haven't sewn mine up...in fact, i came across them today.

Lisa Clarke said...

Beautiful! I love the colors you chose.

I would love to get involved with a virtual quilting bee sometime!

Hilary said...

It's beautiful! I just finished my very first quilt and something feels so *meaningful* about it. Having 11 additional squares from other thoughtful crafty ladies must make Libby's quilt feel extra special! Thanks for the link to the 15 minute method...great idea.

Ally Johnston said...

You did it. It doesn't matter how long it took. well done you.

ColorSlut said...

It is amazing! I love the colors and the quality of your quilting is outstanding. Don't be intimidated - QUILT MORE :)

Susan in the Boonies said...

Fantastic! I wish I had the money to hire you to do my daughter's room. Just lovely!

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