violent rejection. or renewed motivation.

my personal goal for my quilting life was/is to make a quilt for each of my kids and each of nieces and nephews.  for some time the total number of quilts needed was four.  for a while now, i was stalled at 50% production.  HERE is moses' quilt and here is kyleigh's (my niece). 

i had plans for more quilts...i had begun to hoard fabrics for aaron and thoughts of fabrics for blake (my nephew) but had no real motivation to get on those until recently.
 my original intention was to make a traditional rag quilt...
but the more i worked towards the end...the less i liked the idea of leaving all my hard work as a "rag".
 so, like a rag quilt...i cut my fabric squares (6in) and my 
batting squares (5in) and made 109 "quilt sandwiches".
...sewed them all together and instead of "clipping" the edges...a look i felt would be too country for my taste...i used a combination of my pinking shears and pinking rotary cutter.
 i got them all trimmed and sewn together and to the point in a rag quilt where i would be finished.  but it seemed like a terrible ending to a good the wrong way to end all of the work i put into it. 
so added a binding and rounded corners.
in the end...i like the texture from the rag quilt technique but like the finished feel of the pinking sheared edges and the binding on the edge.
 i showed aaron the progress as i went...telling him the whole time that it was a special blanket for him.  when i was finally finished i was so excited to give it to him and tuck him into bed with it that night...only to have him VIOLENTLY protest it being anywhere near him or his bed.  

in the living room...he cuddled it and wrapped it around himself. 
in his bedroom...treats it like the plague. 

hopefully he'll come around.



sara luke said...

BABY. BOOM. It's the theme of 2011 for sure. For other people. Not me.

Love this quilt. I wish my kids were your nephews.

Abbie said...

I could use a lesson in quilting. Like binding and batting (didn't know about either) is a link to my first quilt-making adventure on

I am not sewing machine smart. I'm just not. I sure try on occassion. And, I gotta fire that baby up because my little sister is having her second baby girl soon. I can't be quite as ambitious as you and make one for every niece/nephew because when my sister, and sisterS-in-law have their babies in August it will bring me up to 21 nieces/nephews and I'm way to intimidated to pump out 20 quilts, oh my, 21. Crazy right!?

Missy said...

I love this quilt! The colors are so bright and happy. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

WoW... What a little stinker... Sounds like something my youngest would do... Hopefully HoHo comes around... haha

Stacia said...

I love this, it's gorgeous. You are so talented! (I think that sentence is in just about every comment I leave you!) Thanks for having a blog, and sharing about your life...and crafts. Have a wonderful day:)

Tara said...

That's how I feel when my daughter chooses to wear a store bought dress instead of one I sewed for her! I'm sure he'll come around! It's absolutely beautiful! BTW, I'm on day 5 of the shred. Thanks for stopping by the other day. It made me so happy!!

Melissa said...

So...will any of these talents end up in the shop?! :)

Krystle... said...

I love the ease of the rag quilts but, like you, have not been the biggest fan of the "countrified" look. Trimming your edges made all the difference! I'm gonna have to try this.
Nice work!

Simply Smith said...

that quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!! It is so special that you're making it for your children and nieces and nephews! I have wanted to learn how to quilt. I can sew pretty well, but just haven't taken the time to quilt. You are inspiration, though!

Pink Fairy Vicky said...

I love this quilt, if Aaron doesnt like it send it over the pond to me! I am sure he will come round to loving it soon x

Kristi said...

So each side is patchwork? Wow, a lot of patience on your part! I actually finished a quilt and I didn't die! I thought I'd never make one again. Now I've caught the bug, except I will probably start school in July and not have time to sew much in the next 2+ years. :-(

CK said...

Oh my goodness, this looks SO great! All of the boxes are so straight and I love the colors! I love it!
Thanks for sharing!

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