Monday, April 11, 2016

A Finished (Cotton+Steele!!!) Quilt

My ready made quilts STILL aren't flying off the shelves (although someone did finally snatch up the Liberty quilt!!! dancing lady emoji) but I've had two custom orders recently.  Can't really complain about that.

The first girl wanted to start with the Diamonds quilt I made for Serena all those months ago, and she wanted a full size too.  Gag me. I seriously just do NOT enjoy making the big ones.

But make it I did, and of course- OF COURSE- I absolutely love it.

As always with  my half square triangles quilts, I started with a grid from this website, opened it up in PSE and filled in the colors the customer and I picked. This is a completely different kind of 'project' than actually sewing, but I gotta say, I love it just as much.

She went with some of the Netorious prints from Cotton&Steele, which were TO DIE FOR.  I've never gotten to work with Cotton&Steele before and there was a noticeable difference.  It was thick and creamy and luxurious and buttery and just so so LOVELY.  Sigh.  *side note: I ordered from Hawthorne Threads and while I'm sure they're fine in the states, shipping took FOREVER.  I was seriously worried I wouldn't get it done in time*

But they did finally come, along with a Kona Snow layer cake, and we were off.  Making two hundred and fifty five half square triangles.

Whomp whomp.

I'd ordered yardage for the colors and precuts for the 'white' so I didn't prewash the colors, just started tearing them into ten inch strips, then cut ten inch squares from that. I typically wash and dry fabric the moment it comes thru the door, but since you can't wash precuts, I didn't want any funny shrinkage going on in the final product- I wanted the ENTIRE top to shrink up together.  Whew.  I'm in an awfully chatty mood today, aren't I?!

I got incredibly bored and spent too much time video taping myself making them.  Feel free to NOT watch.

This is me making the squares. I gotta say, I sort of can't stop watching myself.  I'm like that dude who turned into a flower from looking in the mirror too much.

This one is taking those squares and cutting them into triangles...

And then finally trimming them up.


I use this method to MAKE my hst (although I don't think purist will like it- something about cutting on the bias or not cutting on the bias- I don't know.  I use a shit ton of starch and haven't had a problem) and this method to trim them up before I press them open.  That's a lie, I don't press.  I straight up iron.  I'm the world's worst quilter, basically.

Then it's just a matter of lay them out (don't forget to drink a diet coke while you do this part)... the squares into rows and rows together into a top...

...baste it in all of its gigantic glory...

...hate yourself for deciding to do a TWO INCH CROSSHATCH pattern but then cry when you see how gorgeous it quilts up...

...and then cry some more when you realize you can't get any decent photos of it bc you don't have a wide enough angle lens or a room big enough to back up appropriately.  Consider (briefly) going outside to do it, but you'd rather DIE than get even one SMIDGE of dirt on this sucker.

Make do with what you have.  Get it in a box and get it out of the house bc honestly, after forty days and forty nights, you never want to see it again.

But man if it wasn't gorgeous.  There's just SOMETHING about quilting every two inches, isn't there?

Linking up with Flamingo Toes and Sew Can She!!


  1. Great job on the quilt? It is quite lovely and I am sure it will be treasured. Enjoyed reading your blog message.