stitched together

Monday, January 31, 2011

This is one of those projects that I couldn't be happier about finishing. I honestly don't know why it took me so long. (Probably because I am a little (a lot) intimidated about quilting.)
Remember me talking about the twelve square quilt?

{Twelve women make twelve quilts in a virtual quilting bee. Each month a different quilter mails out fabric to the other members of the quilting bee. Everyone makes a quilt square using that fabric and fabric from their stash, according to some specification, but also bringing their own unique voice to the square. The squares are mailed back to the originator and they have the makings for a full quilt!}
So, eleven others made my squares. The only thing I had to do was sew the squares together and finish it off. The months passed and finally I decided to implement Kristyn's 15 minute method. Fifteen minutes a day. Or, fifteen minutes every other day. Or, fifteen minutes a week. I'm pretty sure I did fifteen minutes a month. Because that is how long it took me. Months.
I backed it with a thrifted sheet. Machine stitched it together and hand stitched the binding. I stink at hand sewing... and I'm okay with that.
I am beyond thrilled to have this finished. And the squares that the eleven others made couldn't be more special to me. Eleven gorgeous squares, made from eleven talented women, stitched together to make one sweet quilt for my Libby.
Pretty darn Amazing.
Happy Monday!

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79 comments

  1. Yay for you! I love the Ls stitched into the blocks. It's such a cheery quilt.

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  2. So much fun to have a finished blanket. I am sure she loves such a happy quilt. I remind my small people that a mama made quilt is wrapping them in love - cheesy, but they love it.

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  3. Congrats! What beautiful, bright colors!

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  4. It's very pretty, and that thrifted sheet is perfect for the back. Great job getting it finished.

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  5. A very beautiful achivement. I like this idea of the twelve square quilt,I would like to be part of one sooner or later.
    But even more I love the 15 minutes discipline, it is not frightening to make an engagement for such a short time!

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  6. I love the fabrics on it! I should try quilting sometime...

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  7. It is beautiful! So, are you converted to quilting yet? :)

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  8. Oh, it's so beautiful! I am in awe of people who sew. What a wonderful keepsake for Libby.

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  9. I love it! I love the color, the fabric, the idea, and the finished product. Wow!

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  10. It's lovely, well done!
    love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  11. It's beautiful! well done!

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  12. That's beautiful and cheerful!

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  13. fWhat a perfect quilt for your girly! Beautiful.

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  14. It's beautiful! Awesome job!

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  15. No matter how long it took you, it's gorgeous! I love the colors!

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  16. Awwww. She can't get that store bought! What a lucky girl.

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  17. Truly amazing, I love the colours!

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  18. I absolutely love this. And I especially love that it was such a collaborative process... Well done everybody!

    Claire

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  19. awesome! that sheet is the perfect backing! (also, my quilt is still not finished and i think my vqb was a year before yours...._

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  20. Awesome quilt! And such a lovely story behind it as well.

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  21. love it! And it would have taken me years...to finish. What a great corner!

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  22. Wow, oh, wow. This is beautiful!!! Love the pinks and flowers. What a treasure. It makes me happy just looking at it.

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  23. It is beautiful and it got done when it was supposed to. Sometimes I need to let things ferment awhile till I've got the right plan. You also need to give yourself credit for the quilt squares you made for other people. That took a whole year!

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  24. Congrats on finishing a big project! It looks great :)

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  25. Oh, that's gorgeous - very worth it in the end!

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  26. it turned out wonderful. I love the vintage sheet that you used for the binding and back....perfect. And lucky Libby gets the benefits of all that hard work.

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  27. It may have taken long, but it beautiful. The colors are happy and bright, it makes you smile.

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  28. You made me laugh with that "15 minutes a month" bit. I so understand what you mean about trying to keep up with best intentions.

    A new month begins tomorrow! xo

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  29. Yeah you! I'm in the middle of 6 quilt classes at a local quilt shop and really excited about them. What is it with knitting and quilting? Must our hands ALWAYS have a needle in them? LOL

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  30. Hey! It looks wonderful! And doesn't it feel great to finish something? Love this idea---because YOU get to chose the fabric, which, we all know, is the most important step in making a quilt!

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  31. Aw, the quilt is so beautiful. Perfect in every way for a young girl. Love it!

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  32. Ooooooh, how lovely is this quilt. I too would be thrilled with the way it turned out. Sometimes it's the best things that take so long to finish and accomplish.

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  33. Great job on that sweet quilt there!! Good on you. Kind regards, Anita.

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  34. Love the beautiful colors...on the quilt and the walls. I didn't know that was the concept behind the quilt- that is both fun and interesting.

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  35. So cute! I love it! Great work!

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  36. I can see why you love it. That is really pretty. And I love the fact that it is a group project.

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  37. As a pink and green fan, I love this Leslie! And my mom and I are enrolled in a beginners quilting class!

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  38. oh what a great idea...using a thrifted sheet. i have a quilt top needing a bottom and am so going to try this!!

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  39. I have a retro skirt in the very same material as your backing - how funny!

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  40. it's absolutely PERFECT! I love all the fabrics you sent out. this will be a keepsake she'll treasure forever. step by step and it's finished!

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  41. I love quilts, but am not a quilter. I could be if I wanted to, but all those little pieces intimidate me. What a treat to have others make the squares for you. You did a great job putting them together and no one will know by looking how you feel about your hand stitching. When I teach someone to sew I always tell them that there will be something wrong or that you don't like, but no one else will notice unless you tell them about it!

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  42. It's super cute!!!

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  43. The quilt is lovely, Les! So happy you got it finished. I'm sure Libby is happy, too.

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  45. oh, i love, love it! I looks perfect in her green room!

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  46. it looks great! I still haven't sewn mine up...in fact, i came across them today.

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  47. Beautiful! I love the colors you chose.

    I would love to get involved with a virtual quilting bee sometime!

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  48. It's beautiful! I just finished my very first quilt and something feels so *meaningful* about it. Having 11 additional squares from other thoughtful crafty ladies must make Libby's quilt feel extra special! Thanks for the link to the 15 minute method...great idea.

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  49. You did it. It doesn't matter how long it took. well done you.

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  50. It is amazing! I love the colors and the quality of your quilting is outstanding. Don't be intimidated - QUILT MORE :)

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  51. Fantastic! I wish I had the money to hire you to do my daughter's room. Just lovely!

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