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My Sunshine Quilt

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After years of hoarding the fabric, then year ago starting to cut the pieces and a little bit over a a week ago finally proceeded to sewing, my quilt is done. And look at it! It’s glorious!

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Excuse the blurry Instagram image but I wanted to show you the quilt in situ. And it’s still glorious!

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I might want to consider cleaning the phone camera lens, don’t you think? Anyhoo, piecing the thing together wasn’t too terrible. MOST CORNERS MATCH! But when it was time to combine the backing, batting and the top, I ran out of floor space. This naturally caused some wrinkles on the backing but I think I can live with them. Hello! It’s my FIRST EVER QUILT! How could it possibly be perfect? It’s perfect in its imperfectness. There.

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I probably didn’t use enough pins either. I actually went to buy more but they were those short ones and wouldn’t have worked anyway. So what I did was that I pinned the entire thing in sections before quilting. There wasn’t too much shifting, even as I don’t own a running foot.

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The binding! Which I made myself! I used already quite thinned out vintage sheet but since I’m looking for that eventual weathered look, it works just fine for me. So yes, it will be fraying sooner rather than later but I have plans for that.

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This is where I thought the worst part was over. The top was pieced and I thought the quilting and binding would be a piece of cake. I guarantee that the quilting was the worst. Tedious and felt like it took forever. Of course in real time, the piecing took longer but as you see your progress so quickly with that, the time felt shorter.

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As you can see, I didn’t go with the 9 block-route (which I should have but meh, what can you do) but made these 4 square blocks which I then combined in rows of one. I was so excited at this point as I could start visualizing how the quilt would look ready.

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Can’t tell you how many times I first counted and then re-counted my pieces, my duo-blocks and then these four-blocks. I didn’t want to find myself in the end and realizing I’m missing blocks. Let’s just say the original cutting brought me to tears more than once. 572 pieces. 286 patterned ones and 286 white ones. And yes, I really kept counting them over and over again.

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I sewed these pairs in chains. There was no way I was going to cut the thread, lift the presser and the needle after every pair. I tried pressing them in layers too but that just didn’t work so I had to press all 286 of them separately. Took forever but seeing those crisp seams was, ah so satisfying.

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All 572 pieces I think. So much potential and I’m very happy with what became with these. This was a fantastic exercise on patience, long-term planning and artistic effort and it shows.

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As for the question will I ever make another quilt again…Hell no. Maybe.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I will be making another post about the things I learned while making this but that it will have to wait till later this week. Hope you like my quilt and encouraging comments are greatly appreciated ;)

P.P.S. I’m linking up at following link parties:

A Sew Can Do

Gingersnap Crafts- Wow Me Wednesday

Someday Crafts- Whatever Goes Wednesday

Funky Polkadot Giraffe- Too Cute Tuesday

DIY Show Off

Sand and Sisal- Inspire Me Monday

Crafting In The Rain- Do Tell Tuesday

Creations by Kara- Look What I Made

The Turquoise Home- Work It Wednesday

 

May Thrifty Giveaway- Sew Mama Sew

So many years I planned to join it and equally many years I missed it. What, you ask. Well, Sew Mama Sew’s huge Giveaway Day of course. For those who don’t know, the giveaway day is twice a year event where it’s perfectly okay to comment on people’s blogs just in hopes to win some crafty goodness. I’ve had some luck myself in the giveways. I’ve won fabrics, cute pillow cover and even a lovely handbound leather notebook (which I still haven’t used because I don’t want to use it for anything trivial).

This year I decided to combine my May giveaway with Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day and hereby I present my prize:

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10 fat quarters of various vintage sheets! Yes, 10! This is a fantastic way to bulk up your stash don’t you think?

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Oh, how I love that pattern. It’s from an old pillow case. And that orange-purple-green just peeking under? Used to be a curtain.

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Now the important part…How to enter: 
1. Leave a comment on this giveaway post AND your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. The e-mail won’t be visible to anyone else but me, UNLESS you type it in the comment section that is.
OPTIONAL ENTRIES:
2. Follow me and leave me a comment telling me that you did. Doesn’t matter if it’s via WordPress, RSS-feeder, Facebook or Pinterest, any one will do. If you already are a follower, remind me that you are :)
3. Help ME to get to TOP10 in a photo contest by voting my PHOTO. Just click the little + next to text ÄÄNESTÄ TÄTÄ KUVAA and your vote should register right away. Then let me know that you did.

The giveaway closes on May 10th at 23.59 Helsinki time and is open globally. I will contact the winner personally and announce it here too. Additional prizes may be offered if amount of comments exceeds 200.

Here’s the list of other Giveaway Day Giveaways:

Sewing + Craft Supplies
Handmade Baby + Kid Items
Handmade for the Home
Handmade Bags
Handmade Accessories
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Oh, Happy Sunday!

You know Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day? What a question, of course you do. Well, as I mentioned in my Christmas Shopping post, I was pretty tired from commenting on dozens of fab blogs but all that work wasn’t for nothing!!! Why? Because I won! Yes, I won me some pretty fabrics!

I’m so happy now.

Which is quite appropriate as the blog, where I won, is called Call Her Happy. Well, I don’t mind if you do! This is the loot I’ll be receiving someday. Hopefully soon.

Call Her Happy, quilting cotton I’m especially excited for the pink birdie fabric and the one with hexagons! The rest will be perfect for making gifts. The tiny ballerina bear is so going to my Parisian friend’s daughter. She has begun dancing and the rumour is that after every lesson she has to show EVERY move she learned. Maybe I could make a tiny bag where she can carry her dance gear.

Eep! I’m feeling so giddy right now!