Sunday, January 13, 2013

Delighted to Be Finished

Happy Sunday evening! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty full. I'm getting some projects much closer to being finished than they were this time last week. Love that feeling! I don't have many, but I don't like having any, so even just a few is too much. Here's one I've been looking at with a sneer for about six months. Remember this jelly roll quilt top, made out of the 'Delighted' fabric line? I've had the top finished and the sheet I used for the backing folded up and tucked in the project box under my sewing table since I last posted about it. You know what kept me from finishing it? My utter hatred for laying out and basting the layers of a quilt. I have plenty of room to maneuver in--I just absolutely hate doing it. It makes me break a sweat and I hate sweating so that's probably why I hate doing it so much.

The Sunday before New Year's Eve I moved the sofa and crawled around the living floor with The Exorcist playing in the background. I know--what? What a weird choice of background noise! But I had to put on something that nobody would want to come in and sit down and watch -- because then Charlie would plop himself on my stuff and I'd have gotten nowhere. I think George W. Bush would have called that 'strategery.'

Anyway--my inside pictures give you a better idea of the colors, but the outside pictures give you a better idea of the layout (but they're blurry because it was windy). Put the two together and you'll get the idea.

 I love the totally random placement this method gives you. It stitches up in a few hours, and ends up as a perfect snuggle size.

I used a twin sheet cut to size for the background. I love doing that, but it can be hard to find just the right color. So far I've been lucky.

  Straight-line quilting on each side of the seams. Simple. I wanted to try a decorative stitch but the weight was too much for a nice-looking stitch that didn't get distorted, so I went with a simple straight line.

 Wanna hear something funny? If I moved the quilt out of the way you'd see Charlie, doing something. OK, it's more gross than funny...I think it's funny.

 This gives you a better idea of the colors. I guess the full-on sunshine was a bit too much.

As mentioned here, I made nine or ten yards of this binding. I held the fabric up to a section that was not this one and in poor light and decided in matched. Yards of tape and a few iron burns later, I saw how poorly it matched almost every other section. My mother even said "Why did you think that matched?" But at least I have a ton of super-cute polka dot bias tape ready for something else. And if you're looking at that and thinking it isn't so bad, I assure you that reality is worse than the photo.
 After a last-minute trip to Joann's where this green was the only thing they had that matched she was all finished. And yes, I checked this time--I took the quilt with me.

I must say I'm delighted this one is finished, pun fully intended.

I won't lie. I had a beast of a time with this one. The entire first half was practically sewn twice--for almost every line of stitching I put in I had to pick it out and resew. Almost. Every. Row. No matter what I did. I said some filthy things, lemme tellya. As though to make up for it, the sewing fates smiled upon me kindly for the second half--it stitched up lickety-split with nary a stitch picked out and redone. It's folded over the back of a chair in the living room and looks deliciously wrinkly and vintage (I always wash quilts when they're finished so they crinkle up).

Have you got anything you've finished yet? Or anything sitting around since what seems like the beginning of time?

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  1. Wowzers, your quilt is beautiful. I have a couple of jellyrolls that would be perfect for that project. I love the idea of using a twin sheet for the backing. blessings toyou

  2. Wow, that looks amazing! You must have the patience of a saint (I'm sure I've said that before) as I probably would have given up half way through... Have a great week ahead xo

  3. That is gorgeous! I love those colors. Great job.

  4. Woot, well done, it looks great, and love the new binding :o)

  5. It's really lovely, the green binding is perfect

  6. Bethany, it is BEEEEUUUUUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! You color matched perfectly! LOVE this!!!!
    xo Kris

  7. Ohh, it's pretty! Lovely job. =)

  8. This is really pretty! The green binding you finally chose looks great with the colors of the quilt. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Craft o Maniac link up

  9. Haha... I hate sweating too! But I think it would be worth it if there was an end result as beautiful as your quilt. One day I will get around to making a quilt... yet another life goal of mine. :)

  10. You always have such wonderful projects! I love reading your blog. I wanted to invite you to come link up at a party on my blog. It is a link party for OLD projects--so that we can hopefully get more traffic to our blogs using projects we've already posted. Come over and remind us of some of your favorite projects!
    The link-up is live now.
    Hope to see you there!

  11. Oh my - LOVE this, and your choice of colors! Been wanting to try the jelly roll thing. I also use sheets as backing. Great job, even though you had to do some ripping and re-sewing, well worth the effort!

  12. It's just splendid ! Congrats for this job.

  13. Beautiful quilt! How did you make your binding look so perfect? Applying it by hand takes me so long that I'm trying out the machine method, but it's not looking so good. Any tips? Thanks for sharing!

  14. this is so cute! If only I weren't a so impatient sewer then I would maybe make even just one quilt. thanks for sharing, Bethany! I am totally pinning this beauty!


  15. hi, Beth , you are sooo talented, i started loving this blog now i am a follower, thanks for the ideas for personal use. love and greeting from India.



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