Monday, March 08, 2010

I finished a quilt! Yay! I'm not exactly sure when I started this one, but I'm pretty sure it was over a year ago. It's called a ragged squares quilt, and Crazy Mom Quilts posted a tutorial for it awhile ago. Every bit of the fabric I used on the quilt top came from my wonderful - and sadly, rarely used - fabric stash.Sewing the top for this quilt was easy and fun, but the quilting of it was not. It took me forever and was very tedious. I had to quilt three squares in each block, and for every single square I had to rotate the entire quilt. That means I had to shove the whole bulk of the quilt through the middle of the sewing machine 154 times. All that fabric stuffing got very tedious very quickly, which was the main reason that this quilt took me so long.The backing of this quilt is my favorite part. A long time ago I bought some sheets at Target that were pretty ugly, but were on clearance for dirt cheap. I only ever put them on the bed when all our other sheets were in the wash. It so happens that those sheets were on the bed the day Noah was born. Even though I still thought they were ugly, after that I started using them more because they were a happy reminder of his birth. The elastic eventually wore out on the fitted sheet, but I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them so they just sat there. I was trying to figure out what backing to use for this quilt and I remembered those sheets, taking up space in the closet. Perfect. They're an exact match for the front of the quilt. Even more importantly, I love that the back of this quilt is made up of those cheap, ugly sheets onto which my sweet baby boy was born.

12 comments:

Mom said...

Sarah, that is so impressive! I read the tutorial. I think you should send the inventor a comment and picture from you, so she will know you made her quilt! She is sure creative. I'm looking forward to seeing your lovely quilt. It's great that you have a little time to sew again.
Every single time I see a picture of your kids I am struck by their beautiful eyes!

Nicki said...

It looks great. You know you can pay a quilter to do the quilting part ;) That's what my mom does. She makes the tops then sends them off to the quilter.

Katie said...

Sarah, I am amazed! That is a beautiful quilt, and with such sentimental value I'm sure it will be in your family for generations. What an heirloom! You are just amazing. :)

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Allie with her clothes on.

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Sarah said...

Too cute!! What a great quilt!

Chick in the Czech said...

I like the colors in that quilt! So cute, but I think the baby feet are cuter. :)

Allison said...

I posted on the wrong post but I love your quilt, I'm glad you finally got it done!

Mom said...

That is a sweet thought that Katie had. Noah can be snuggling up in the quilt with his kids and telling them how he was born on this very material. I wonder if his kids will say, "Gross"!

amandajean said...

I love your quilt!!!! You are right...quilting these quilts are a pain, but sooooo worth it. I love that you used a sheet you had on hand for the back. How handy!!! Congrats on a beautiful finish and thanks for sending me the link. :)

Hamons said...

Love the blues - in their eyes. How beautiful their color is drawn out when near your lovely quilt. What an amazing project, made all the more amazing by the story behind it.

Mary Beth said...

Oh, Sarah, this is just fantastic! The quilt is gorgeous. You go, girl! You are amazing to be able to make such a fantastic quilt and be mama to three such little children! I love the story about the backing, too. Did you use a walking foot?

Sarah said...

Thanks, everyone!

Mary Beth, your question reminded me that I think I used my walking foot at the very beginning, but then after I set the quilt aside for a long time, I never put it back on to finish the quilt. I didn't miss it so I don't think it was necessary.