Tuesday, July 15, 2014

coming along

Upon my return from our time in Maine, would you believe this quilt was still on my design wall?  I would have thought that in my absence some elves would come along to finish cobbling it out.  

on the design wall

No such luck.  It was waiting on me, reminding me of the reality of things already started and effectively trumping baby-sized projects newly imagined. 

piecing from tiniest scraps

To make a throw, I had to make over 120 tiny scrappy blocks, each 4.5" unfinished from my tiniest scraps. As a result, my blue and green small scraps are nearly extinct. (Don't worry, they're repopulating as we speak, I'm sure!)

Cobblestone quilt

And then the joining and the sashing and soon the backing making...

prepping the backing

Cobblestone throw quilt

Then this morning, I basted her up.  Somehow that was an exhausting physical challenge, even though my baby is only the size of lentil bean.  Thank goodness I use basting spray!   I'm pretty sure that pins would have required a nap intermission.

Cobblestone basted!

I love a basted quilt, sometimes even more than a quilted one.  I love that at this point it is somewhat pristine, like a fresh coloring sheet or a just-iced cake.  Hopefully my next efforts won't mar its beauty.  I have in mind something with straight lines and free motion quilting too.  Cross your fingers!

52 comments:

  1. So far so very pretty. I'm sure your quilting will be lovely, too.

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  2. How I wish there were quilting elves! The impact of all those little pieces is fantastic, though -- definitely worth the effort.

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  3. Amazing! Your quilts from scraps are always my favorite... Such an inspiration.

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Scrap quilts are never the quickest, but they are certainly personally rewarding =) This one is going to my mom by request, so that makes it even more special.

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  4. I want to use expletives to express how much I love this quilt, but in case there are sensitive readers, I will refrain :)

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  5. Gorgeous quilt! Loving that beautiful green sashing surrounding all those little blocks. Look forward to seeing the finished product. :)

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  6. somehow I missed that you are officially expecting!! I am SOOOOO happy for you! I hope your pregnancy is easy breezy and that morning sickness doesn't last too long.

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  7. This is so beautiful. I missed the post where you said you were pregnant! Congratulations. And small or no, the start is definitely exhausting.

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    1. Thanks, Kate. Yes, I was never so exhausted before in my life!

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  8. I love how you've done the sashing on this one! It's amazing how exhausting the first trimester is, I just finished the first trimester of my own pregnancy. Wishing you many naps in the coming weeks!

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  9. Very pretty--sometimes when I love the plain look of a basted quilt, I end up tying it instead of quilting...hugs, Julierose

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  10. I, too, missed the pregnancy post. One thousand congratulations! The quilt is also lovely!

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  11. It's absolutely gorgeous! And I love that it's going to your mom - something do pretty deserves to live with a very special person.

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  12. I had to baste a double bed quilt in June last year and I was Scrambling all over the floor knowing I should manage fine but struggling. Found out two weeks later I was 5 weeks pregnant at the time. It really knocked me for 6. It's tough to realise that you can't do everything as easy... Congratulations again

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  13. I'm just curious, please don't be offended. I notice you don't press your scraps before you piece. Do your quilts still come out square? I was taught to press and starch the daylights out of everything before even thinking about sewing it together. But if your quilts come out looking as nice as they do in the photos maybe I can save myself some extra work. Please let me know. BTW - I just love this quilt top. Love the color, love the mosaic-like pattern.

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    1. Don't worry, I'd never be offended by an honest question! So, when improv piecing scraps, I often don't press them until after I sew them together. I sew a seam, then press it and then trim it up according to the seam line. The seam line becomes my reference point, matching lines on the ruler to it. Then I cut, making my cuts perpendicular or parallel to the seam line, as is appropriate. I think it saves time! After sewing lots of pieces together to make the improv patchwork, I then trim it up to 4.5" unfinished. Happily, my blocks and quilts do come out square!

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  14. Oh Rachel, it is beautiful! I can't wait to see the finish.
    Take a nap, you deserve it!!! :)

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  15. Very beautiful quilt! What kind of spray adhesive do you use?

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    1. I use 505 spray in the big red can that is made in France. It doesn't have a smell and doesn't carry warnings about ventilation. Ventilation is still a good idea, of course, but It definitely is less toxic than other sprays I've tried.

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  16. it's beeeeeautiful!!!! LOOOVE it! And, HOW did I miss that you are prego?!!! So exciting! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. This is gorgeous! I'll have to keep your approach in mind when it comes time for me to purge my scraps :)

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  18. Wow, I am so excited for you!!!!! Congratulations on your little Lentil Bean, and what a fun way to announce things! I'm sure many, many of us have been rooting for you during your journey, and will continue to do so. Take lots of naps and have fun creating baby sized things!!!! sarah@forrussia.org

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  19. Congratulations, congratulations!! :-)

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  20. Your quilt is beautiful; i love your work with scraps. Take care. It's important for you, your baby and your family!

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  21. Fingers crossed.
    Glad to hear that you're out of elves, too. :)

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  22. Beautiful. How do you get on with basting spray. I've never used it xxx

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    1. Oh, I love it! I use 505 spray in the big red can that is made in France, which I buy from Sew For Less (http://www.sewforless.com/category/Adhesive_Sprays_Glues_and_Lubricants/c109). It doesn't have a smell and doesn't carry warnings about ventilation. Ventilation is still a good idea, of course, but It definitely is less toxic than other sprays I've tried.

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  23. it's looking lovely! I remember the first trimester exhaustion - it was so much worse with my third than the other two. I hope it passes soon x

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    1. Yes, I was never like this with the other two! This weekend I had a hormonal meltdown over playing a board game. A BOARD game. I had to escape to the bathroom to cry and couldn't resume playing. SO embarrassing! Ok, so 3rd baby is different (and now I'm not 20...)

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  24. This is one of my favourite quilts of the year for sure - I love how you started with such small pieces that most would throw away (or more likely hoard forever) and came up with something so beautiful. My mum is 60 in December and I think I've just found inspiration for her birthday quilt :-)

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  25. That’s an awesome scrap quilt made of such tiny pieces!

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  26. Love the pretty teal you used.

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  27. It's looking very nice Rachel! Being tired goes with the job of growing baby ;) as you well know. lol. How are you feeling, besides tired? I hope all is going well.

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  28. Aw your Mum is going to love it! You have inspired me to use up some scraps :) I thought that maybe I was being a bit dumb saving every tiny scrap but fabric is sooooo expensive I can't bear to throw it out.

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  29. Your work is inspiring! I'm hoping your feeling better.

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  30. Very pretty quilt. I just looked at my can of basting spray and it's going in the hazzardous recycling. For the sake of your baby you should take extra care in what you breathe, not just eat and drink and get rid of things like that , and especially don't use it on baby quilts as who knows how long it will linger in the fabric even when washed.

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  31. I love the look of this quilt. So happy to hear about the baby. Congratulations.

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  32. Rachel - I have to say I've been watching the progress of this quilt and I LOVE it - the narrow green sashing, the wider sashings, and the on-point setting make this one outstanding piece - wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!

    Best,
    Elizabeth

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  33. I missed the announcement too....CONGRATULATIONS!!
    And I love the scrappy quilt.

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  34. Love it! The comes are so very close to my first quilt effort!

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  35. COMING ALONG . . . to PERFECTION & FINISHED soon! What a number of small pieces to sew into 4.5 inch squares for your blues & greens quilt! LOVE your design and choice of fabrics for your throw. THANKS for sharing. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

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  36. Oh I love your sweet little crumb blocks. Do you follow 15 Minutes Play blog with Victoria

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  37. Where in Maine did you go?? I live in Monroe (rural town between Belfast & Bangor) and we are vacationing in Hancock Point this week. So lovely! Your quilt is beautiful, and what a great way to use up scraps!

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  38. It's beautiful. Love and blessings for you and your baby. X

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  39. This is a lovely quilt! It is just so interesting :) Big congratulations on a new baby!!!!! Enjoy your pregnancy :)

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  40. love your eye for colour. beautiful quilt top! can't wait to see it progress..
    Congrats on being pregnant!

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  41. Great colours. Take care of yourself and your precious cargo. :-)

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  42. Congratulations! On your lentil bean and the finished quilt top...LOL!

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  43. Darn elves. Off playing instead of working I see. I love how this one is turning out.

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