Wow! I havent blogged since March! You can find me almost daily at instagram @cyarnell.
Today I am sharing with yon a new quilt I designed and made in 6 days! While working!
title: On the 8's
size: 54" x 54"
designed and made by: Colleen C. Yarnell
where: Lewisville, NC
inspiration: The challenge was 8 is great!, I had a pile of collected Christmas prints come almost vintage and a desire for a cozy winter throw. I started with a design on Sunday. I sketched it in one of my graph notebooks. Though this layout later evolved.
Monday was a holiday so I sorted out fabrics and started cutting and sewing blocks. I decided to make 8 sets of 8 different blocks.
I modified the design and made it up as I went along. I stuck with an 8 by 8 grid of 6" finished squares. I cut out a set of 8 green and 8 red charm squares. 8 four patches, 8 fussy cuts, 8 half square triangles, and 8 square in square.
I used my Quick Curve ruler to make 8 curved blocks. I also made 8 wonky trees. I looked at various tutorials but decided to cut it my own way.
The overall layout is a play on a snowflake with a symmetrical orientation focused to the center. One square in a square block it rotated 90 degrees but I decided to leave it.
I had the top assembled Monday when I realized it only finished at 48"square! I think when I designed it Sunday I had planned to do 7" blocks. Oh well. So I planned a border. Of course it had to be based on 8! I decided to use a gray on white snowflake print I had just bought on clearance from Joann's and a cute Santa cat print that looked like Sofia!
It added enough to make the quilt 54" square. Perfect! I added the borders on Tuesday after work. Then I had to figure out backing. I went to Joann's after work Tuesday thinking I would get a wool batt to make it extra cuddly. But they had none. So I remembered I had bought some blue/ green/white plaid flannel the week before to make some flannel pillowcases.
It was the perfect back! I was short so I took a precut snowy flannel I was going to use for another flannel pillowcase. It made the perfect batt. Then it sat until Friday. Snow was predicted Friday afternoon into Saturday. I ran errands after work. It started snowing and it was about 7:00 before I started basting my quilt.
I clipped it to one of the boards I used as design boards until Sofia clawed them down. It makes it easier to baste when I don't have floor space.
After basting I was ready to quilt. I overcame the tiredness of the day and I think the excitement of the snow kept me working.
I stopped about 9:00 to check on the snow and everything was covered in white! I kept on working. It was after midnight when I attached the binding.
At 1:00am I had it finished except for the hand binding.
I put it on my bed to sleep under and then went out to play in the snow!
I went to bed at 2 am! Then got up at 5:30 am to take more pictures, measure, and watch it snow. This is the second best use for a quilt ruler.
I spent the morning inside watching the snow and sewing the binding streaming A Place to Call Home on Acorntv.
We ended up with 9" Saturday. It made a perfect picture taking environment.
I finished up the binding and the sun came out for some great pictures of the finished quilt!
This cutie has been a blessing!