Monday, January 6, 2014

Churning It Out.

In a matter of less than 24 hours, I managed to get all of the blocks done for the quilt top for my churn dash baby quilt! And that includes trimming all of my HSTs. While that part took a lot more time, I think it was totally worth it because none of my HSTs ended up wonky (which was a huge problem in my Lazy Sunday Mystery quilt.)

Here's the top all put together:


I'm so happy with how this turned out!

For the back, I thought that I had enough of one fabric to complete the entire back, but I sadly did not. Instead, I took a walk on the wild side and made this for the backing:


Yes. That is a 42 inch churn dash, people. I used up the majority of what was left of all of these fabrics and the biggest churn dash that I could make and still have some of the tan dot print for outer borders was 42 inches finished. The outer strips are 5 inches wide -- so the backing is about 2 inches bigger than the top all the way around.

Here it is all layered and pinned -- ready to be quilted!


It's so liberating to not have to buy fabric to finish a project and to pull every bit of fabric used from my shelves! I did have to buy white thread to be able to free motion quilt this one on my own. Yes. I am going to FMQ this thing myself.

That's one of my quilting resolutions this year -- to learn to FMQ and to finish more of my own projects myself and to have 100% completed by me. I still have no problem having a long arm quilter doing my big projects or special projects, but things like baby quilts I can totally learn to handle on my own. Anyone with me on this??

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8 comments:

  1. Congratulations .It`s just beautiful.I`ve never tried FMQ ,I handquilting all my quilts and of course FMQ is one of my quilting resolutions but not this year.

    Have a fun week and happy quilting!

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  2. Love it as well! I wished I could sew that fast. I'm a two day person for one block.....giggle.

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  3. Love the giant churn dash. It was a great idea. I too would love to work on FMQ this year, but I am afraid my first 3 quilts that will be finished will be too big or too special for me to do myself. Guess I will have to get busy on smaller projects and learn how to do FMQ.

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  4. I love this! I need to get better at FMQ too - it's walking foot all the way for me atm! ;)

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  5. Looks great! Love the back too!

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  6. Beautiful quilt and I love the large churn dash on the back.....great idea! I can quilt a large quilt with my domestic....it does build muscles :) Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Love the giant churn dash back. It looks brilliant. Good luck with the fmq. Everyone says you just have to go for it and before you know it you'll be a master at it.
    E xx

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  8. What a great top - and the back is SO COOL - love that idea!!

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