Monday, August 11, 2014

Quilt Quest 2013 - The Build Up

Last year I participated in my very first shop hop.  I was so excited to go to all the shops, buy all the fun fabrics, pick up the free patterns and get my passport stamped.  I spent hundreds of dollars.  That shop hop was the Quilters' Quest 2013 Shop Hop.  Ten days to get to ten shops.  I managed it in three days.  It was a long weekend.  I loved every bit of it.
Ultimately, I picked the great quilt from Capital Quilts as my favorite.  I bought the setting kit and started working on the over 300 half-square triangle blocks needed to make this quilt.  I will admit, I played with layout a little.
Step one in any project:  Make a mess.  Since this one started with stacks of 5" charms I had to make all those HST blocks and then square them up.  Not my best squaring as this was long before I got my Tucker Trimmer.
Layout was back-breaking work.  Some day I will stop crawling around on my floor and get a design wall.
I did the layout and sewing in sections.  It took days.  I let the finished top sit and sit until I was ready to quilt it.  I'm still not sure how I feel about my choice for backing fabric, but there's no changing it now.
I couldn't decide on a single color for quilting, so I just grabbed a bunch that I thought would work.  I didn't get all of these into the quilting, but I did give it a good try.  I'll get an official count of the number of thread colors I used at some point.
I tried to use different motifs throughout the quilt.
I'm not going to say I didn't repeat any, because I totally did.
I'm just saying that I quilted it differently as much as I could.
The number of thread changes was another thing I didn't keep track of.
The different areas challenged me to keep things different and maintain some continuity.  I worked on the quilting for this quilt over the course of two weeks.  I didn't quilt every day, but if I did quilt it was for two or more hours.  I'll keep better track, next time.  For now, I'm going to guess that I put in something like 10-15 hours quilting it.  It may not be perfect, but it looks great and I did it.


  1. oooh ahhh, nice! Yes, get a design wall! There's a shop hop coming up here soon. I dont think I'm going, but it does sound like fun. :)

  2. This is gorgeous Becca. Thanks for taking and posting pics throughout the process. It's helpful to see how you moved around the different areas when quilting. I think the color for the back is perfect. Keep posting, I love to your posts!


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