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Friday, March 22, 2013

Four Quilts in One Week... Whew!

This was a big week of finishes for us! It's always fun to (finally) wrap up a project that's been lingering in your sewing space, isn't it? It always seems that no matter how much I love a project, there comes a point (usually once I've started the actual quilting) that I just want it D.O.N.E. I do like the quilting part of making a quilt, but once the end is in sight, I just want to sew non-stop until I can throw it in the washer & wait anxiously for the finished product to come out of the dryer.
I got to the what-will-it-look-like-dance-in-front-of-the-dryer twice this week, for 3 quilts. First for my boys' birthday quilts, which I blogged about here.
I can't keep the baby off the quilts, sorry! Here's the back, (which I think my boys like better than the trucks in front. I used a Caleb Grey airplane print from Out & About, even though they originally requested all trucks. Funny how quickly the tastes of a 4 year old can change!)

I quilted both my twins' quilts with a borrowed & kind of janky waking foot, & I had some issues with the fabric puckering on the back. The front came out fine, thankfully, & my boys don't seem to care that there is a pinch or two visible on the backside.
Last but not least for me was this little cutie, which is going to be raffled off at a silent auction to support my little dudes' preschool. (The quilt, not the kid. We're keeping him!)

I worked with another mom on this one-- We collaborated on colors & hand prints, she did the piecing, & I did the back, the binding & the quilting, & embroidered the kids' names by their handprints. (All the non-glamorous, but essential, parts of making a quilt.) I'm really pleased with how it turned out, & I'm hoping it will raise a good chunk of money for the school. It's a Montessori-based co-op, which means that parents participate, both in the classroom & in fundraising, cleaning, and most anything else that needs doing. It's a great way to be involved & our whole family has really enjoyed our first year there.
Not to be left out, Lisa also finished this big lap-sized rag quilt she (& her boyfriend) made for her boyfriend's mom.

This was Steve's first try at making a quilt of any sort, & I think he did a pretty nice job! Besides, how cool is it to have a boyfriend embrace your sewing habit? The most I can get my husband to do is help with basting on occasion, & he squeaks when I ask him to do that. Although he did buy me a sewing machine, so he's not all bad. :)
Have a great weekend!
Linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. my goal for next friday, 2 finished quilts. Everything cut, just need to put together. And great news, the boyfriend will be back to help :) He is awesome with the rotary cutter and stencil.

  2. It's great that you made an auction quilt and those little hands should bring in some big bucks. My hubby helps with the basting too and bought me a machine so... I'll take it.

  3. I am so impressed with all of your finishes! Hope the raffle quilt raises a good sum for the school; it's really lovely.

  4. I love your hand-print quilt - what a neat idea! It looks really awesome with all the little hands. I would love to do something like that for little girl; we'll see how co-operative (I mean messy) the whole project turns out to be:) Great Finishes!

    1. Thanks! It wasn't too bad, mess-wise. We used a brush to paint the kids hands, then were super careful about not getting it on their clothes. I even washed it once it was finished & the paint held up really well!

  5. great finishes!

  6. You've sure been busy! It must be really satisfying to have so many finishes in one week.

  7. I can't believe you got so much done in one week. WOW! I love design of that auction quilt. What an awesome idea to use the kids' hands and names!