Monday, May 10, 2010

A Project!

A few months ago, I tweeted about wanting "a new project."  Amy was quick to jump at my request and asked me to "test" a quilt pattern named Simple Times for her.  (Twist my arm.  Please!)

I was nervous at first because I have NEVER used a quilt pattern before.  I have always done my own pattern.  I also wanted to do her fantastic pattern justice.

I used one layer cake (pre-cut 10 inch squares) and one charm pack (pre-cut 5 inch squares), both from the Moda "Blush" line.  Gorgeous! Three of my favorite colors are Aqua, Chocolate, and Red, so I was drooling when I got the fabric in the mail.

I did choose a coordinating fabric from a different line for the backing (cause I had a coupon), but I think it turned out great!

The cutting and piecing were cake (pun intended), and I love love love the scrappy result.  My girls actually fight over who gets to use the quilt!

Even my doggies love it!

And because I love Amy and she inspires me to try new things, I decided to go ahead and try free motion quilting.  It's not perfect, but I am officially addicted. 
(I know, seasoned professionals are cringing....or snickering).  
It actually turned out better than I thought since my "practice attempts" on scraps had my husband questioning if I was going for the "amoeba" look.  But apparently I have redeemed myself because he has asked that I make a quilt for our bed (a California King size) with a heavier batting.  
Baby steps Honey, baby steps.  
I used 100% bamboo batting on this project if you were wondering. 

I did try to do hand binding, but the process was too long for me (and my end threads kept coming undone) so I seam-ripped the whole side I had done and machine bound it.  Hopefully Amy will do a tutorial on binding soon....(hint hint my friend!). :D

She is offering this FANTASTIC pattern on her blog, so head over there and enter to win a free copy! 
You won't regret it!

Your doggie might thank you too! :D

Thanks for the inspiration and the "project" Amy!!


  1. Thank you Heather! Your quilt looks fantastic and I love the polka dot backing! I do have that tute in the works - hopefully this week :)

  2. Heather you are awesomely talented! I have no idea about all the quilting lingo but it looks great and it looks like it was alot of work.

  3. Beautiful quilt! Makes me want to start quilting again. Your free motion quilting looks awesome!

  4. I would SO buy that for my bed in a queen size. I love those fabrics. And great job! I want to quilt when I grow up :)

  5. LOVE it Heather!!! Good job!! I agree with Corrina - I want to quilt when I grow up too!! :) (Especially after just seeing the play "Quilters") :)

  6. I have had my eye the Blush fabrics for a while now, and just decided I want to make a quilt out of them now! Love it!

  7. Holy SHMOKES!! Beautiful...I LOVE the pattern, colors etc.

  8. That's beautiful! I didn't know you quilted! Nice!

  9. Heather, the quilt looks awesome!! Nice job!

    And please give Amy an extra elbow poke and two more 'hint hint's from me. Thanks.

  10. I love your quilt ! Great job! I have started one with some wild prints . Having fun! Will try the free motion quilting .


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