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My Least Favorite Part of Quilting

So, if you've read this blog, you probably can tell that I love quilting. I Love Quilting. I love the planning and the fabric shopping stage. I enjoy cutting. I really love sewing quilt blocks. Even when its seventy of the same simple nine patch block. I still have a blast putting together each and every individual block- seeing how the colors and patterns come together. It's a blast. I even enjoy spreading the quilt out on the floor and basting it. The actual quilting can be daunting but I still love doing it. Hand sewing the binding and seeing it all come together is absolutely exciting.

But, I have realised there is a part of quilting I absolutely dread. Assembling the quilt top. Ugh. Taking all those blocks which were so fun to make and sewing them all together. Sashing. Sewing seams that are forever long and then having to press that forever long seam. Dealing with yards and yards of fabric at a time. It's just no fun. And, its also where all my doubts come in. All those blocks that looked great individually now have to work together. I always have a moment when I just want to throw it all away and never quilt again.

But, even with all that, I managed to finish two quilt tops this week.

The top for Anna's Very Hungry Catepillar birthday quilt-
Very Hungry Catepillar Quilt

And a scrappy nine patch quilt-
Scrappy Nine Patch Quilt Top
A few scrappy nine patches
Anna Helping

I still have a lot of doubts about both and probably will until they are completely finished. Especially the nine patch. It's just so bright. Which makes sense, I make a lot of bright quilts so I have a lot of bright scraps. It is exactly my taste. The problem is that I planned it as a gift. Not sure the recepient will have the same tastes. I worried that they will open it and think it is the tackiest thing they have ever seen. Oh well, if I still have that doubt when its all done, I'll just keep the quilt and buy them a board game.

I did allow myself a little reward for all that time spent assembling quilt tops this week.
Crow Block
It's just a little twelve inch Raven block. I was inspired by this quilt and this quilt. Once upon a time I photocopied the bird block's pattern. No idea where that has gone, though. So, I just kind of free pieced it. My plan at the moment is to make two others, border them with some spooky fabric and make a Halloween wall hanging.


Ann said…
I think the work you do is amazing! Especially that you do it with two small children, a hubby, and a job. Some of the rest of us don't do half as much with twice the time. And, I love the brights! If the recipients don't, there's no accounting for taste or the lack thereof.
Jennifer said…
Even if the quilt isn't exactly the recipient's taste, I would hope that all the time, effort, and love you put into that quilt would make it beautiful to them.
Katie B. said…
Your quilts are gorgeous! Your friend is going to love the nine-patch. I know it.

P.S. I love the little raven!
rainylakechick said…
I love your bright 9 patch quilt! If I was your friend, I would love it!

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