Sunday, June 26, 2011

Blissed Off

Remember my Bliss quilt I was so excited about and then it took a back seat for, oh I don't know, a few months? Well, I finally finished it (you'd think it was huge but it's just a baby quilt). I was going to free motion quilt it, but I chickened out for a couple reasons - I didn't feel like practicing again, and the size and weight of it made me lose a bit of my moxie (I didn't need it to be perfect but I didn't want to make a total mess of it). I feel more confident with free-motioning on smaller pieces, so I think I'm going to try incorporating that into some of my bags.

Sorry for all the pictures - I just loved the colors :)




This is the backing: I thought it was more aqua than blue when I bought it. I think it goes, even though it doesn't match.


To quilt it, I just stitched either side of the seam, and down the center of each charm square using 1/4 inch quilter's tape as a guide.



Things almost got crazy while I was quilting - this is the closest I've come to sewing my finger:


Luckily it was in a spot where I could snip myself free.



This little baby is far from perfect - the thicker batting I used made my fabric pleat in a few places (despite my walking foot), and the binding is a little wrinkly in some places, but I truly don't care. I decided I have a sewing philosophy. When I make something like a bag I like it to be as perfect as I can make it (as I'm usually selling it or making it for a gift). But for a quilt I just want to go with it and sew without being stressed. If it's not horribly misshapen or sewn I'm not even going to fix it, because they're for no one but me right now. Besides, I like looking at early makes and comparing them to more recent ones to see what I've learned. And despite all of its little quirks I love it - I don't know if this will make sense but it reminds me of what summer must have looked like when my grandma was young. I don't want to use the word 'vintage' because that doesn't fully encompass it...is it weird for fabric to do that to you? I guess it's not the fabric itself, but some memory that it tickles somewhere within you...  Have a blissful Monday, folks! I'll be back with some goodies that the mailman dropped off recently.

I'm linking up here this week:

C.R.A.F.T. *** Homemaker on a Dime *** Craft-o-Maniac *** Sew Can Do *** Sarahndipities *** Pinkapotamus *** Sumo's Sweet Stuff *** Ask Anna *** Skip to My Lou *** All Things Fee *** Running With Glitter ***Today's Creative Blog *** Funky Polkadot Giraffe *** Creative Itch *** All Thingz Related *** Sugar Bee Crafts *** Homework *** Cherished Bliss *** My Girlish Whims *** Sew Much Ado *** Tea Rose Home *** Free Pretty Things for You ***  Someday Crafts *** Somewhat Simple *** Fireflies and Jellybeans *** Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom *** Momma's Kinda Crafty *** The Shabby Nest *** Creation Corner *** Iron Violet Designs *** Tatertots and Jello *** While He Was Napping *** Show and Tell Saturday *** To Sew With Love

43 comments:

  1. I love the colors that you used in this quilt. You did an amazing job. I think the quilt is very cute!

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  2. That turned out beautifully. I think you rocked it.

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  3. I love the colours, it's beautiful.

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  4. Your quilt is just amazing:) So vivid colors!!! I just love it!! where are the quirks you say?? I CAN'T SEE THEM!!! It's just darling wonderful Beth:)
    xoxox

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  5. That is 'sew' cute! I love the stright line quilting you did. Adds some deminsion to the squares. Very blissful indeed. Visiting from c.r.a.f.t.
    ~Kimberlee

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  6. This is gorgeous! So weird, I have the same blue fabric and I thought it was aqua when I bought it too.

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  7. The colours are really bright and cheery! I too have a drawers full of odd looking bags I made in my early days and I really cherish them because it's the journey that I remember.

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  8. Love Love Love! It came out beautiful!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/06/calling-all-crafters-13th-edition.html

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  9. oh.. so nice post.)
    Love your blog.))

    I now spend a survey of bloggers with such questions.
    1. Why did you create a blog?
    2. For whom you taking him? Want to be popular?
    3. How long will it keep going?

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  11. What a beautiful quilt! I saw you at Sew Can Do!

    Sarah @ This Crazy Blessed Life

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  12. Those colors are so yummy! It makes me think of strawberry shortcake and lemonade for some reason! :) It's just beautiful...and I don't blame you one bit for loving it so much. I would never part with that beauty!

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  13. Love the quilt and your philosophy on sewing.

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  14. I love these colors! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Love the colors. I always fret over my little mistakes too, but then when it's all done, no one notices them but me. Great job !

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  16. I shared it over on the Glitter FB Page! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Running-With-Glitter/111774958903316

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  17. Oh Bethany it's sooo pretty! I will do a quilt one day, without the finger sewn in hopefully!
    Kandi xx

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  18. I love the colour combination you chose! So pretty!

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  19. Love the fabrics you used! Very adorable!
    http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com

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  20. It looks gorgeous! I love the combination of colours and patterns you used.

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  21. Like everyone else, I love the colors.
    I get really close too, but never had that happen. Good thing it did not catch your finger. Found you on Skip to My Lou, looking forward to visiting again.

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  22. I love the colors too! I have no clue how to quilt, but someday I want to learn, I think it's going to be so hard to pick out fabrics that look that good together. Nice job!

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  23. That's just beautiful! I wish I could sew...

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  24. wow those colors are so fantastic together!! i love how they look! i am right with you on the quilting. i've done it and survived but it takes a lot of practice and sometimes... you just aren't feeling it!! i have that same sewing philosophy. my poor mother will rip out a quilt 10 times to get it right. me? not so much.

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  25. my favorite color combos! Love it!!!!

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  26. i LOVE this fabric line. I've got a jelly roll waiting for me as we speak! Great job! I agree with your quilting philosophy...my mom always told me that, if i wanted a perfect quilt to buy one. :)

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  27. I just love the fabrics. Beautiful job. If you have a moment, I would be thrilled if you shared this project at my link party.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspiration-board-link-party_28.html

    Thanks for the creative inspiration.
    carolyn | homework

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  28. What a beautiful quilt! Amazing Job!!!!

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  29. So adorable! I hope you will share at my party!

    http://www.cherishedbliss.com/2011/06/craft-and-tell-no-11-and-features.html

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  30. Love your quilt, Bethany!! Love the fabric, too!

    I'm giving you the One Lovely Blog Award! Please stop by and grab a button!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  31. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop has grown for the better because of your participation. Thanks for linking up this great post! :)

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  32. I love how you quilted this. Very fun colors, great job!

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  33. this is precious for a baby! I love the colors - I am working my very 1st quilt right now but can't help but brainstorm about what my next one will be!

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  34. Very cute, what great color choices! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.
    Crystal
    www.chocolatedroolandkisses.blogspot.com

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  35. You have been featured on this weeks Glitter Spotlight!
    Thank you for linking up!
    http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/07/glitter-friday-spotlight-4-1.html

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  36. It turned out beautifully!! I am still in love with the Bliss line. Thank you for linking it up. I LOVE seeing it.

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  37. Oh my! I'm in love with these colors! I just bought myself a jelly roll quilt pack with similar colors for my daughter's room. I can't wait to get started on it.

    I'd really love to have you post this on my linky party!!! The party is open for a few more days.

    becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com

    Becca

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  38. The colors are gorgeous! I love it!

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  39. wow! your quilt is so pretty and perfect for me! We love your quilt so much, we are featuring it tomorrow! Have a lovely weekend, Bethany!

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