And now, a quilt top!

Holy crap on a stick, I got the quilt top sewn and trimmed. It ended up being about 76″w x 90″h. It took me almost 4 hours to get all 7 rows sewn together and to trim down the quilt top. I. Am. Exhausted. And I need a bigger table to use for cutting.

Here’s top pre-trimming (I didn’t take one after I trimmed it):

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Pardon the mess–I had to haul my machine and sewing paraphernalia downstairs to have enough room to sew it together and lay it out for pinning.

 

EDIT: Matt had a huge event tonight, and I got a little antsy waiting on him to come home, so I washed and dried the backing fabric in an effort to a) soften it up and b) make sure the dye won’t get all over the quilt top (there was a lot of dye in the cotton, and it’s still a little stiff). I also trimmed the selvedge off the sides–I shouldn’t have to trim the top and bottom as it should be longer than the quilt is tall.

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks  Quilt 1 last block
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

Just a wee update

I hate ironing. There, I said it.

I pressed open seams and clipped corners on 4 of the 7 rows tonight. Still need to trim and sew row 7 into a strip.

Matt has to work all day tomorrow, so I plan on getting the whole quilt top assembled tomorrow, if I can. If I have the energy after doing that, then I’ll press open the new set of seams/clip corners and maybe even press the backing. Heck, if I get really ambitious, I might even trim the selvedge off the backing and sew and press the seam for the backing.

6 rows done

Finished quilting the last block tonight–whew! That was 990 little squares sewn together. I went ahead and added the final blocks to the three rows that still needed them.

Still need to trim down and sew the top row together. Then I’ll trim all the corners and press open the seams before I sew the strips together.

Houston, we have batting

Finally bought batting tonight. I cut down and pinned all 9 of the remaining blocks, and I quilted 8 of the 9 blocks (most of which were all blue blocks–the sole remaining block is half blue and half Yoshi’s eyebrows, so I have to change colors for this last one). I’ll finish sewing down the last block, and finish sewing the blocks into strips tomorrow, I hope. I have one more strip to make (the top row), and three more strips need their last block added on.

 

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks  Quilt 1 last block
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

Getting ever closer

I now have 6 of the 7 rows sewn into strips (there’s a couple rows that need their last block sewn on after I buy more batting and quilt it). Obviously, I still need batting, and once I have the last row quilted and sewn into a strip, I’ll press open the seams and cut the corners and then sew the strips together.

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

And now, pictures! These are the bottom 4 strips, with bonus kitty cats for scale. Nothing has been precisely lined up, nor pinned down–this was just so I could see how it was shaping up. Row 3 is one of the rows that’s missing its last block until I get more batting.

2 rows sewn!

I have now sewn the bottom 2 rows together into strips! I haven’t sewn the two strips together yet (I’m going to trim the corners of the seams and press them open before I sew the two rows together–learned that lesson when I was making my friend’s baby quilt).

I still need to buy more batting, and figure out what Matt wants as the binding fabric. I’ll have to wait to buy it until I get the top assembled and know how much I’ll need.

I laid out the bottom row on my bed just to see how big it will be. The width of the quilt is the same as the length of my queen size bed, plus about 6 inches. *gulp*

It didn’t take very long at all to sew the strips, so I am cautiously getting more optimistic I’ll finish this by Christmas. If I don’t before then, I should be able to finish before New Year’s as I have that week off of work.

Only 17 more to quilt!

I’ve been quiet the past few days, but I have 25 blocks (of 42) quilted and trimmed down. When I laid out my blocks to start piling them by row, I noticed that I’ll have to trim some of them down more as I am not the most precise cutter of little 3.5″ squares, nor am I am the straightest of sewers, so I have to do a little trimming.

I do have one full row (with Yoshi’s feet) quilted, so I could go ahead and trim those blocks again and sew the row together, if I wanted.

Still need to buy more batting.

Grrrr!

I am out of batting! I had 8 more blocks to pin down to the batting and I ran out!

And I miscounted, apparently, because I had 30 blocks to quilt, not 29. Oops.

So far today, I have:

–Finished sewing the last two blocks together. Woohoo!

–Ironed all of the remaining blocks.

–Pinned down and cut out of the batting 22 blocks.

–Growled in frustration because I ran out of batting.

I’m going to take a break this afternoon and watch some Outlander and do some laundry. My back and leg are sore and I don’t know how much more sitting at my machine I can handle today. I may do a little bit of quilting later.

We put the Christmas decorations up yesterday. I am really hoping I can finish this quilt before Christmas so I can give it to Matt as part of his Christmas present (even thought he already knows about it).

 

My eyes are sore

I only have two more blocks to sew together, and then all of the blocks will be assembled–I just have to iron and quilt them.

Today, I cut out the last 30 black squares I needed, and ironed the 19 blocks I got done.

Then, I sat and sewed until my eyes hurt. I got 8 blocks done, and I’ll do the last two tomorrow. I’ll iron these last 10 blocks and I might start cutting out the batting and pinning them down tomorrow, too. It’s 29 blocks worth of cutting, so I probably won’t get them all done tomorrow–I want to watch Outlander, too.

With what I got done today, I have 5 of the 7 rows done, and 5 of the 6 columns done. Getting closer!

To do on this quilt:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks
  5. Iron the backing fabric
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!)
  8. Measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief