Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Work In Progress Finished... well... almost!

Remember the WIP {work in progress} that I shared with you guys FOREVER ago?? I finally finished it. Well kinda- I have just a tiny bit more hand quilting to do on two blocks, but it has been bound and in use for the past month on my littlest's toddler bed (which is why it is so narrow and long). I am not sure why I can't make myself sit down and finish it. It would take all of 30 minutes or so, but you know how things go... other projects take priority and things get put on the back burner. So alas, this little gem has been a bit abandoned but perhaps an afternoon during nap time will be enough to get her finished...


But until that happens, I thought I would show her off to you guys. 
What do you think? It was my very first time paper piecing and my first time making dresdens and I kinda loved it. It was definitely the most time consuming and labor intensive quilt I have ever made, but I still really enjoyed it. I was inspired by Kerri's vintage nursery quilt and decided to add in the dresdens to make my quilt a little different.

Almost all of the fabrics I used were japanese import goodies (most from Lecien's Old new 30's line) that I found in Kerri's shop. She has the cutest fabric and I loved picking and choosing out fabrics in soft pinks, aquas, and a tiny bits of yellow for this quilt. It almost a bit monochromatic to my eyes since I stuck with just a few shades of colors, which isn't normally my style, but I love the way it is totally matchy matchy and shabby chic looking. 


For the center of my paper pieced blocks, I used prints from the Sweet Life fabric I picked out. Since it is a Japanese import, some of the sayings on the fabric is so funny and isn't always grammatically correct- for instance, there is a block that says "I'm now cleaning a living" and "Let me give you hand".
I think the saying on this block had to be my very favorite- "You look spruce. Are you going on a date today?" ha ha My family says it all the time now and it makes me laugh every time!


I started machine quilting the quilt initially and had machine quilted around the edged of each block, but I decided to hand quilt the rest of the quilt instead of finishing it on the machine... which added to the time and labor intensiveness, but I love the look of it and think it adds to the vintage look and feel of the quilt. I used a pale pink DMC pearl cotton 8 thread for the hand quilted part.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are all having a fabulous week! 
Happy Sewing! 
xoxo, Ashley

17 comments:

  1. Wow that is gorgeous! I love the color combinations, makes me want to get out all my patterns and start quilting again. Now if only my sewing machine would cooperate. :)

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  2. What a pretty, girly quilt. Great job. The hand quilting just enhances everything that's awesome about this quilt.

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  3. Oh, and can I just add that because of you I find myself totally wanting to hand quilt... something I previously told myself I would NEVER do! And oddly enough I think it's a good thing :)

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  4. So pretty! Love your hand quilting!

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  5. I love this, Ashley. As always another beautiful quilt. You are so talented. I think a quilt like this deserves hand quilting. Still working on my stitches. I will get there. Thanks for taking the time a while back to send me some hand quilting advice.

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  6. It's beautiful, Ash! I bet Tay Tay loves having it on her bed. She will cherish it forever!

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  7. The quilt is beautiful! I daresay it even looks spruce!; )

    xoxo

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  8. I love it Ashley! You are such an inspiration! What kind of batting do you use? I have been having the hardest time getting my needle through all the layers when I hand quilt.

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  9. I love your quilt! It's just beautiful! Well done!

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  10. I think the color way is very sweet and dreamy. I love it! Your Dresdens are wonderful. I have several cut out, but not sewn onto a background. Perhaps your quilt will inspire me - it's just as cute as can be! Good for you for getting it done - that does put a spring in your step, eh? ::)

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  11. So LOVELY!!! Love the colours and fabrics! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Happy week!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
xoxo, Ashley