Haaaallelujah! The angels were certainly singing today when I pulled my new quilt out of the dryer, warm, fresh and ready to snuggle. What shall I name her? I was thinking Tilt-A-Whirl. Kind of a childhood-retro-amusement park-remeniscent sort of thing.
You might remember that I started this one back in the hospital, but was cut short when I had an emergency c-section just 4 blocks into my antepartum escapade. Fast-forward 2 months, and I picked it back up- but this time in high gear. I had decided that I want to submit it to the QuiltCon show, and the deadline is November 30, so no time to dally! Having this finite goal was key- every time Pinterest or Facebook would start to suck me in, I’d hear “November 30th! November 30th!” Must sew! I have wanted to submit a quilt to a show (well, actually more like have a quilt IN a show) forever, but I always seem to chicken out…the endless parade of excuses. Not this time!
This quilt was 100% foundation paper pieced, from printable templates I designed on my Electric Quilt 7 software. And yes, I’m going to add the pattern to my shop as soon as I find the time! With twenty 15″ blocks, it’s one of the largest quilts I’ve made (I’m usually a baby quilt kinda gal), but mmmmm, so worth the time. What? You mean quilts can actually go on beds? Like, to sleep with? Brilliant.
After about block 10, I decided we needed to go Henry Ford style and break out an assembly line. I paper pieced aaaaall of the segments, then I starched aaaall of the segments, then I trimmed aaaaall of the segments, then I pieced aaaall of the squares….you get the idea. I actually found this method to be much more efficient and enjoyable! What an exciting day it was when I finally sat down and pieced all 10 blocks together. Yes, like in one sitting. It was euphoric.
The fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush, which, I’m giddy to recall that I actually purchased from Anna herself, like, in person, back when she visited our guild in August. An older line- sold out in most shops by now- but for some reason it didn’t “hit” me until this year (maybe it was the stars in my eyes at spending a day with Anna, that turned Innocent Crush into MY crush). I’m pretty sure I sat down and drafted this quilt within a day of bringing the bundle home.
And I love the back! My modern quilt mentors will be so proud! (you know who you are) I used a few of the little triangle scraps from trimming, into a trail of floating wonky triangles. Triangle parade. So cute. These were super super easy- no paper piecing- just some light improv piecing. I’m hoping to use up more of the triangles in some throw pillows for my bed, and will post a tutorial soon!!!
Yay for finishing a big project! Feels great. Now to submit this puppy, pour myself a glass of wine, and relax under my new quilt!