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Miriam’s Magic Numbers Quilt

2 May

Well, I’m not doing the best job documenting my finished projects, but I’m going to attempt to get some more stuff up here in the coming weeks. I have been sewing. Just not taking a lot of photos or writing about it. Sigh.

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This quilt is one that took a little over a year to make from start to finish. I started it during a day long retreat with some girlfriends; we each brought fabric and started cutting out squares in 3 different sizes based on Katie Pedersen’s Magic Numbers Quilt.

I started with the backing fabric: a floral I never would have purchased for myself, but chosen by a lovely friend that I met 15 years ago. She lives in France, but the summer before last we met up in Boston, and I dragged her to a fabric store for her to select something she loved. I immediately made her a set up 8 napkins with the floral matched with a different solid color, but I had several yards left over, so I thought it had to be a quilt!

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I didn’t have quite enough of the floral for the entire back, so I used the same pink fabric with white polka dots (formerly a bedsheet) that I used for the border. Thanks, Mom, for that great idea. Somehow, the rest of the fabrics were pulled from my stash. I was quite happy to use up several different pieces!

The quilting was done on my machine – I did a random chevron pattern in the middle boxed in by rectangles in the back border.

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Photos were taken on a cool day here in Seattle. You can see that the quilt has already proven useful, and I haven’t even taken the time to send it to France yet!

A Wedding Quilt

17 Sep

It’s been a while since I posted…..I fell into the trap of a Seattle summer where we had lots of visitors and exhausted ourselves with the beautiful weather. I did create a few things, though, some of which may actually find themselves up on this blog now the skies are gray and there is a nice autumn chill in the air.

One such project is a quilt I made for my sweet niece and new nephew who were married in August. I was inspired by their wedding colors: gray and all shades of green. Here it is in its just-out-of-the-dryer-glory.

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I had high hopes of finishing this in time to haul it to Iowa for their wedding, but my machine had some long term issues that needed to be resolved. I finished the piecing and used the few days before we flew to sew a dress for my daughter to wear while performing her flower girl duties.

While we spent a week in Iowa, my machine spent some time at the doctor – and for good reason! Its bobbin tire was replaced and I’m pleased to report that has solved all of my issues with bobbin thread not feeding properly. (See this post.) I can’t tell you how this has changed my sewing life and my feelings about this machine.

This quilt is enormous by my standards. At 74″ x 98″, it’s the biggest one I’ve ever made. I machine quilted it in diagonal straight lines with a light gray cotton thread. The quilt front is pieced using a variety of Kona cottons.

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The quilting is fairly subtle but adds a nice texture to the solid charcoal gray back (a King sized flat sheet from Target).

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I spent a few movie nights hand stitching the binding down after sewing it to the front (I like this tutorial), but not before I embroidered the couple’s monogram and wedding date on the back side of the binding edge.

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