Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday #14 Lark Quilt Top Finished

Getting back to normal is something that you don't truly appreciate until life gets turned upside down for a while- and then normal feels like the best thing ever.  For me, getting some sewing time this week was the just the thing I needed- I am so happy to have a finished quilt top, some free motion quilting in my very near future and a life that has mostly returned to it's normal paces.  This baby quilt, made from my own design that is currently being worked into a pattern, is 42" square and made from half bright white solid and half charm squares from Amy Butler's Lark collection.  It is cheerful and bright, scrappy and fun- and I have loved every single second of putting it all together.  I timed myself making this and it went together in about 6 hrs- pretty fast- and with no major hiccups.  There are a lot of seam edges to line up though, so a consistent 1/4 inch seam and some pinning is imperative.  I have also learned while sewing this top that ironing all seams open really reduce bulk and make it lay much nicer.  I don't always iron my seams open- depending on the design and how many seams come together I like to iron to the darker side when a quilt allows for it, but with this one there are just too many seams coming together for that.  I am very pleased with my quilt top and already know exactly how I want to free motion quilt it- so hopefully by Thursday I will be well on my way to that.  This is my only work in progress besides wrapping up the free motion quilting on my 1st customers quilt- I have said before- I am just not the type to have several things going at once, I am much to impatient to get things finished- but that is what happens when your favorite step is the second to last step.  I love the FMQ part so much that usually I am sewing with a major push to get to that stage, which for me is pure bliss- and once you get that far- binding goes quick too because you just want to see it all done!  I already have 2 more baby quilts designed which will be next on my list- all will be for sale in my etsy shop very soon.  Hope you all had a great week and thank you Lee for hosting Work In Progress Wednesday



14 comments:

  1. What a beautiful quilt this will be!

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    1. thank you Kerstin- I can't wait to finish it up!

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  2. This is so pretty, I love Lark and that's a great design to show it off!

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    1. Thanks Marg- I really hoped this fabric would look good with this design and I feel it does- I am glad you think so too!

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  3. This looks great :o) I've always pressed my seams open because that was how the first QAL where I learned to quilt did it, but I have noticed when foundation paper piecing where the seams are pressed to the side by necessity that you can get horrendous bulk build up at joins!

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    1. So true- horrendous bulk is super hard to quilt over without getting bumps too! I have noticed in certain designs pressing to one side allows you to butt the joins together with the other joins (if they are pressed to one side the opposite way) making for perfect seam joins, but this only works when they are limited. For this pressing open is definitely what works!

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  4. Beautiful quilt. Gorgeous fabric.Well done!

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  5. I too am very eager to see this quilted. Just looking at the top brings joy, so I'm eager to see the transformation when it's quilted.

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    1. What kind words, thank you Dora! I will be working on quilting it this weekend so hopefully next wednesday I will have it ready to show off!

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