Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Reason

I'll admit.  I've been a little out of it lately.  I've been tired during the day and a little bit, well, scatterbrained.  I can finally break out of that!  The reason is that I've finished the quilt.  

I didn't know any quilters.  I always thought quilts were something that old ladies who collected Precious Moments figurines and love going to DUP meetings did while sitting by the fire in their rocking chairs.  These quilts were always flowery, boring, and always, always Kountry Kolors.  Ewwww.  

Then I went into Elaine's Quilt Block in SLC.  It was a revelation!  I'd never seen anything like it.  The quits were colorful, fun, not sissy and I didn't see any Precious Moments figurines in the whole store.  I had a new respect for quilting but still didn't want to do one - ever.  Well, that was until I saw the pattern for what I ended up doing.  

Ta dah!

It took almost the whole time I wasn't pregnant between Molly and Heidi (so really, not very long) and was an extremely hard first quilt.  It's pretty big too.  It fits a twin size bed.  I was really proud of it and thankful that I finished my one and only quilt.  

Then I went to Elaine's again - to look at fabric for fun.  I was helping my mom and sisters pick out fabric for projects when I saw the most amazing book cover with a photo of the most amazing quilt.  Uh oh.  

So this summer I while the kids were asleep I watched a few seasons of Project Runway, a whole lot of Jay, Conan and Dave, Flight of the Conchords, a bunch of documentaries (Bigger, Faster, Stronger was my favorite), the entire Tour de France, most of the Olympics (Can you QUIT showing the divers!  I am so sick of diving!), and a whole lot of other stuff I made

157 squares
in 6 sizes
with 5 to 22 pieces in each square
for a total of 1660 strips of fabric
ranging from 1 to 2.5 inches
made from 20 different kinds of fabrics
that LUCKILY I had most of in my scrap drawer
or else I would be poor.

I finished Saturday morning at 1 am.  Life can begin again.  

Now I just have to add the backing and batting, get it machine finished and then sew on the binding, so what I'm saying is I'm not reallllly done, but the hard part is over.  Oh man.  Come see it at Christmas time.

19 comments:

Raimi said...

WOW! I am so impressed! I love the design & the colors are so yummy! YAY for you! that was a HUGE under taking & YOU DID IT :).

Herlehy Family said...

Both of the quilts are beautiful! I am extremely impressed. You are amazing.

Amy K said...

Wow!! How did you learn how to do that? Seriously, that looks amazing, I can't wait to see it. You might have to show me how, I would LOVE it!!

Tender Mercies said...

I LOVE IT!!! You are amazing! Seriously... and did you pick those pj pants to match the colors of your quilt? You're always a thinker...

And please don't say you don't know any quilters... HELLO! I just want to hang out and quilt with you. Or just eat awesome Mexican food. Or just dance to Hairspray. Or have an Alpine picnic.

Stephanie said...

Those quilts are awesome. My first quilt was a super easy strip quilt, and it was only the size of a lap quilt. You took a major untertaking for your first 2 quilts! I love the various sizes of squares and all of the vivid colors. Do you have a 'walking foot' for your machine?? It makes the machine quilting SO MUCH EASIER! I swear by mine.

Wright Life said...

AMAZING. It looks great laurie! and I'm so proud of you, you little quilter you! You should start a sewing circle for RS. And buy precious moment figurines. Just kidding. It really does look super cool though. Great job!

Farrah said...

Ooooh, is that one of the Gee's Bend style quilts? I saw that exhibit and I love, love, love those kind of quilts so much. You are superwoman.

Martha Blood said...

Laurie--I am so impressed! Who even knew you were such a great quilter :)

Brad and Julianne Heaps said...

Beautiful! I'm so glad you finished -- and even before the girls graduated from high school! You're amazing!

Liz and Scott said...

Both of your quilts are so cute. I really love that second one & will probably be getting the pattern from you soon. I love to quilt & am in the process of making two right now.

Jimmy, Diane and Bentley said...

I used to think the same thing about quilters... And then I made one for Bentley and now I love it too! You did an awesome job, I love both of them! You are much more ambitious than me, good work for attempting such a hard one; it turned out great! P.s.- I was so proud to see Flight of the Conchords on your list- we're big fans too :)

Eric, Judith, Isaac, and Javier Cruz said...

can i say WOW? My sister has sewn a couple of quilts, so I know how much work it is!!!! Congratulations!!!

The Spendloves said...

I am SERIOUSLY impressed! I'm totally showing my mom this quilt for our next child. Notice I did not say that I would try and make it myself. I'm awful at sewing. You, however, have a gift!!

Laurie said...

WOW!!! You never cease to amaze me! You rock! Those quilts look like YOU!!! PS I love the jammies you are wearing in the picture...I can't wait for Feb!

bill, katie, and co. said...

OH MY GOODNESS! A girl after my own heart! It's grueling...it's tough, but in the end it is SO worth it, isn't it! These quilts are amazing. You should feel SO good about yourself. I love the PJ's by the way...Those are awesome. Great work!

Cadle Clan said...

I'm impressed! That is dedication right there.

monica said...

That is so amazing! I am very, very impressed. I've wanted to start quilting, but get very intimidated. Those quilts are great, and I love the colors in the last one.

Hillybug said...

ok i love it! want to teach me?

Stacey said...

I am in utter SHOCK!!!! Who knew you were such an amazing quilter????? Really . . . you never cease to amaze me. Wow!!! I love them both. Wow!! Wow!!

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