11.10.08

quilted out


I finished the quilt.

In all, I'm happy with it. It has a million mistakes, but I have started to think of them as charming (this is after two weeks of tears and angst and lots of self-deprecation).

I thought I should note that the Cutting Corners quilt is in the 8- to 12-hour gift section of Last-Minute Patchwork, but I have estimated that it took me an average of 4 hours a day for two weeks straight (including two vacation days). Of course, the 8- to 12-hours probably doesn't account for the following: making the quilt queen-sized; basting it, basting it wrong, re-basting; making binding, sewing it on, taking it off, and putting it back on; upper thread breaking all the time (thread tension, it just occurred to me); and the all important "never made a quilt before."

I washed it so that it would get all wrinkly and quilty-looking. It's been placed in the drawstring bag I made for it, and now I have to get it to Montreal. Godspeed, little quilt.

Unfortunately, I'm feeling overwhelmed by the amount of things I want to make in the next little while. I bought wool and satin to make a winter coat, and even though I'm nervous that I will mess it up or that it won't look very good, I think that will be next. Or maybe I'll make some simple skirts or coasters first. I feel as though I'm drowning in fabric -- can you relate?

10 comments:

  1. Nice job on the quilt! That Built by Wendy jacket is so sweet, I'd love to see your wool interpretation.

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  2. i got the same built by wendy pattern, and i have lining and wool fabric sitting in my cabinet. i feel as if i'm not experienced enough to be sewing a coat! i've sewed up some dresses before, but they don't always turn out great.
    your quilt, on the other hand, is awesome! i've been wanting to learn how to quilt. i love your fabric choices too. you go to the workroom right?
    i was there yesterday and purchased a few quarters. i'm starting to "drown" in fabric, but having lots of fabric doesn't really hurt (except maybe the wallet. harhar).
    have a great weekend and happy thanksgiving!

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  3. Thanks, guys! I don't think my coat will be too exciting, if it works out. The wool is a charcoal grey that looks almost black. One of the things I've read in a few places about this coat is that it doesn't really have a lot of shape. Ah well. I actually haven't finalized my choice -- I have this pattern as well and might use it (it looks okay in the illustration for view C, although I don't know about the rows of topstitching on the cuffs).

    Last winter I had a coat from H&M and it was kind of funny to see so many other people walking around wearing the same one, but so weird & awkward (one time I was going up some stairs as someone in the same coat was going down, oh dear).

    Melissa, yeah, I go to The Workroom sometimes! I love the wall of fabric. It's such a beautiful space. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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  4. beautiful quilt! the muted colors are really lovely and so versatile.

    i've been crocheting a blanket, and every once in awhile i notice a mistake, but i like that the tiny mistakes are a product of my perseverance.

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  5. Your quilt looks great! I just finished binding my first project, which was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I was planning on making a lap quilt for another wedding this weekend but based on the binding I don't think it's gonna happen til later. But I'm ready to get through some of the stash so I can look at new fabric again!

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  6. my god woman! you made your own binding?!!! that's crazy talk! the quilt looks amazing! for realz.

    everyone curses whilst they sew. it's just what happens.

    can I relate to drowning in fabric? hahahaahahahaaa! oh. before I moved out here I got rid of something like 10 garbage bags of stockpiled fabric from my seven year stint as a fabric cutter at good old fanny's fabrics back in the bay. I promised myself to never start hoarding fabric like that again... I lied.

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  7. Wooo well done and congratulations to have finished it!! After such a mammoth task I think you should do some quickie crafting to give you instant satisfaction nice work though!

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  8. I can very much relate. I have 3 patterns I haven't yet cut out & enough fabric to make four quilts. So many ideas, so little time.

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  9. Anabela!! Congratulations on finishing your lovely quilt!! Take lots of photos of it before you give it away, and don't forget to put a label on the back!! Please!! At the very least, put "made by Anabela, October 2008, Toronto, Ontario" on it.

    I'm sorry you had a hard time with the binding; I actually like putting on the bindings of quilts. Maybe I should run a workshop just on bindings...

    Anyway, well done!! :-)

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  10. I don't know if any of you check back to see these but I always want to respond!

    Erica: I think that is so great that you're crocheting! I wish I could do it.

    Megrje: I read about a few different binding techniques but I ended up using 1-inch binding tape. It went well the second time around! I found that the Clover brand bias tape maker is the best tape maker.

    April: The binding wasn't so bad! The first time I put it on it wasn't done properly because it was midnight and I was tired (I should have known). And you know, if you want to get rid of some of your stash you can always send me some! YEAH!

    Rebecca: That's the plan! I think I'm going to make myself a little needlebook tonight.

    Ambika: Yes!! I also have a mini stack of patterns to work on. But I did get rid of a few bags of fabric this weekend. It was just sitting there, making me feel sad.

    Johanna: Thank you! I really couldn't have done it without your help. I didn't put a label with my name on it, but I did put one with the name of the bride and groom -- it's about them! I am going to put a "care label" on the drawstring bag that I made for them to store the quilt in, so maybe I can put my name on that. The binding wasn't so bad. I was so intimidated but it wasn't as bad -- I only took it off because I knew I could do better!

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