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I’ve had this quilt top finished for a while now, and even had taken the time to snap a few photos, but was planning on writing a tutorial for this one and wanted to share when I had it written… Each weekend I say I’m going to get it done, and each weekend goes by filled with all kinds of things that don’t include sitting down at my computer. So I thought maybe I’d first show you this quilt top, and then perhaps the fact that I’ve posted about it will encourage me to get on that tutorial!

I made an earlier version of this quilt last year, mainly just so I could photograph it in front of this apple wall. It has since gone to live with a friend, and as soon as she took it home I missed it and knew I’d want to make another. My colors for this one are based off colors in a pillow that I cut out of a magazine, and I love it. It’s cheerful and sunny after a long winter.

I think maybe I’ll get to work making a backing for this one this morning while Henry’s at preschool. Now that I’m seeing it again, I’d love nothing more than to have it finished!

And hopefully soon I’ll have a quick tutorial posted here for you so you can make one of your own if you’re so inclined! I can see this one made up in so many different color combos, and I hope once I get this tutorial written you all want to make one so I can see it in a variety of colors!

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all solids!

I’ve been a bit obsessed with the making of this quilt lately! It started with my desire to use up some of the scraps that I seem to have bag upon bag of, plus a little inspiration from an old quilting book (I’ll post a photo next time I blog about this one), plus my love of string blocks and foundation piecing. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite, but for me, I find the process of sewing strings to the paper and creating these blocks to be relaxing and mindless.

So mindless, perhaps that I went about blithely sewing these blocks, all the while kind of noticing that the strips weren’t covering the paper in exactly the same way each time, but not caring enough to do anything about it. After making 168 blocks (which should put this in the twin size range, I hope!), I started sewing them together and then realized what I should have realized earlier… being off that tiny bit was causing a big problem in getting the strips to line up when sewn in this manner.

It took some pulling and, ahem, shall we say persuading? to get things to kinda line up (at least lined up enough for my liking!). Consequently the entire top is a bit wonky and distorted, but I’m really hoping that it all works out in the end. Fingers crossed, cause I’m quite in love with this one, and really wouldn’t want to have to take it apart at this point!

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a feather bed quilt

I don’t typically make quilts following patterns. Something to do, perhaps, with my inability to show up prepared? I like to procrastinate, to kind of just hope that things will work out, so reading through a quilt pattern with lists of needed items and all those pieces to cut ahead of time always puts me off. I prefer to hope I’ll have enough fabric rather than measuring, to hope that when I put the pieces together I’ll end up with something I like. Maybe not knowing the outcome keeps it interesting? Or perhaps I secretly enjoy having to improvise when I nearly always end up running out of a key fabric. I have a feeling I could learn a few tricks and shortcuts by following patterns, but being stubborn, I insist on figuring it out on my own (and often taking a convoluted route to get there). Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned here?

I digress…

Back to this quilt. This is Anna Maria Horner’s free Feather Bed quilt pattern, which I started way back in 2014. I actually enjoyed making this one, despite taking so long to finish it! The feathers come together quite quickly. (I didn’t follow the pattern as it was written though, and ended up wasting a bunch of fabric. Lesson learned)

I was going to tell you that the colors were based on that great Liberty of London floral, but I just now read through my old posts about this quilt and discovered that was not the case. I’m not sure how the color scheme came about then, as these colors are not my usual picks — something I found myself thinking as I was quilting it!

I decided to quilt it with double straight lines on the diagonal. I wish there was a faster way to quilt double straight lines… I love the look, but hate that it takes twice as long!

We went down to the waterfront last weekend to try to get some photos. I didn’t realize that the lake was partially frozen (some years it freezes, sometimes it does not), so I was surprised to see a few people out there skating. I called out to ask how thick the ice was and they replied nonchalantly “oh, about 3 inches”. I don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t seem thick enough for me! (Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t… I just know that I don’t want to take a chance!)

So despite my love of ice photos (here, here and here and here on solid ice), I opted for ‘in front of the ice’ photos for this one. No one wants to fall into ice cold lake water in February.

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