Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Maintain Block Integrity # 1

I finally finished my first quilt with my Amy Butler Spots Jelly Roll. It has been sitting on my couch for a few weeks, I was waiting for the rain to stop so I could take it outside. I'm glad we finally had a chance to get some photos of it, it's officially finished now, which feels nice.

This one was inspired by Katie Pederson's Grape Crush. 
It's still very wrinkly, but I've enjoyed "testing it out" (cuddling with it) on my sofa on rainy afternoons. It's backed with flannel--I must make more quilts with flannel backing!

This was hand quilted, and it took about 3 weeks to finish the quilting.

I like how it turned out, but it took forever. I prefer the look of hand quilting, and I find it more enjoyable, but it takes ages to finish anything. Its finished size is around 64 x 64, so a decent sized lap quilt.
This one will go to my younger sister. I will call it Maintain Block Integrity, which is a family in-joke. We play a lot of card games, especially Skip-Bo, and it's very important to my dad and sister that we always keep the stacks of cards very tidy and maintain pile integrity at all times. 

My grandma is a quilter, so my sister already has a few quilts, but this will be her first modern one.
She loves bright colors, so I think this one will be perfect for her. 
Overall, I'm very happy with how this came together, and I'm looking forward to shipping it home with a few other goodies next month. I have a lot of family birthdays coming up this fall, and I have a feeling most of them will be getting quilty things for their birthdays.

In other news, in less than 10 days I have a mini summer vacation in the Keys! Keeping my fingers crossed that it stops raining before then.

Happy Wednesday!

Linking with NTT Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Crazy Mom Quilts


  1. Your hand quilting looks wonderful - such nice, neat stitches! I hope your sister loves her gift. Also, enjoy your upcoming vacation!

  2. I love the look of hand quilting too. I have a small baby- sized quilt I started hand work on months ago. One day I'll finish it! Your quilt looks lovely and I hope your sister loves it.

  3. Love the pick stitching. It adds so much interest, and your curved lines are so perfectly curvey!

  4. Those hand stitches are so nice and even. Good work!

  5. I love the colors in this quilt and the way you incorporated them into the binding too. I'm about to try hand quilting for the first time and will strive to make my stitches look as nice and even as yours.