Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tops to Finish

Over the past couple of years, I've tended to finish quilts in an assembly-line fashion - I cut the fabric for about 3 or 4 quilts, then I piece the blocks for each quilt, then I sew the rows together, cut and sew the borders, then they tend to sit there for a few months, while I gradually quilt them, one by one. That way, when it's time to quilt them, I can pick and choose which quilt to work on next. One of the reasons I like this assembly line method so much is that I get to use up lots of fabric fairly quickly, which means that I get to go out and buy more, right? (Sssshhh, don't tell the future husband that. He thinks I'm churning out the quilts, so that I can give them away, and I'll have less fabric to pack/unpack/organize when we move at the end of the year. If he only knew.) Another reason that I let the quilt tops pile up is because I hate sandwiching and pinning all the quilt layers together. Hate it. Some quilters pay the long-arm quilters to quilt their quilts. I would probably pay someone to pin mine. Here are some sneak peeks of the tops I've finished this spring and winter.


I made this quilt for a friend of mine who finished up med school this year. It's since been quilted and bound (send me pictures, Katie Ann!!), and her malti-poo dog now gets to enjoy it every night while they curl up on the couch.
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This next quilt top is made from a layer cake I got for my birthday last year (Thanks, Mom!) in a modified rail fence - There are 5 strips in each block instead of 3. I don't have any big plans to use this quilt for anything or give it to anyone, so it might percolate in my closet for awhile. Or maybe I'll set it up as a hand-quilting project.
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This quilt top is made from a charm pack of Roman Holiday wovens and some fabric from a couple of other moda collections. It's currently sandwiched, pinned, and sitting at my machine for me to finish quilting (hopefully by the end of this week!!)
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This quilt was no doubt, the most difficult quilt I've ever pieced. It's actually been quilted, bound, AND washed, but I'm a very bad blogger who hasn't taken and photos and left it at my parents' place in TN. More details and pictures to follow after I go home in a couple of weeks.
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I had way too much fun making this quilt top - the fabric is Shangri-La - an older 3 Sisters collection, made from a jelly roll. And the pattern came from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. This book is my new favorite pattern book. Seriously, I want to make every pattern in there. Twice. AND they have a new book coming out next month that includes patterns for layer cakes. So stinkin' excited.
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