Wednesday 22 April 2015

.: WIP Wednesday - quilt-accountability :.

I've been making blocks for my girls' quilts AND for my + the husband's quilt for an embarrassingly long time.

So long in fact, that my girls' tastes in fabrics and blocks have matured and changed - what's with kids growing up?! - and as well as sewing my own blocks, I've also now asked for blocks for our quilt from not one but TWO bees, stretching over two years ... oh yes, all three quilts have been several YEARS in the making.

The pics below are all of the DFTBA (from the Vlogbrothers' Don't Forget To Be Awesome tagline - if you haven't heard of them, make a cup of tea and click through for a little watch of some of their You Tube videos, they're very awesome) and 'sleep' blocks I made during the holidays.

It's time to finish these quilts!  I'm so very close with all three quilts - I need to make three more words each for the girls - then add them to the various houses, stars, churn dashes, log cabins and x+ blocks that are ready to roll.  Layout is going to take an age - and then I know filler-blocks will have to be made - but I'm so close!

I've been calling the girls' quilts The Blue and Yellow, and The Green and Purple - but now they're The Blue, Yellow, Red and Purple (The BYRP), and The Green, Purple and Blue (The GPB), since we've had a bit of movement in the favourite-colour stakes.

Our quilt is to be a random mix of words, x+'s, houses - plus every random, orphan block I've ever made is going to make its way into it - two Lori Holt bras are in the block-pile, a couple of pairs of Penny's undies, oh look, the block-pile is random and varied.  And they're all just going to magically work together when it comes time to lay them all out, I promise you.  I can't wait actually, I know it's going to look very awesome, somehow.

I should say a little something just about these blocks you're having to look at.  They're the Moda 'Spell it with Fabric' letter patterns, which are fabulous and so straightforward and fast to make.  The purple DFTBA and green sleep are for my older daughter's GPB quilt.  And the blue DFTBA and purple sleep are for my younger daughter's BYRP quilt.  I've quite liked making the backgrounds pretty much the same for each word block - so the girls' will have 'matching' words in their quilts.

Part of the reason these quilts are taking me forever, is my fussy-cutting obsession and consequent inability to just cut fabric into strips and sew it back together.  I have this real need to fussy-cut wherever possible, and struggle with just using fabric 'normally' - I see it as a bit of a wasted opportunity to let the fabric shine - unless of course it's not a fussy-cutting kind of fabric.  And I know my aesthetic is WAY too busy and too colourful for a lot of people, but that's ok - we can't all make and like the exact same kind of quilts because that would be odd, boring and no fun at all.

I also like to squeeze a bit of meaning into my quilts where possible - so I do hope you've noticed the sleeping girl in the 'L' backgrounds, the reading girls in one of the 'E' backgrounds, and that I've specifically chosen 'love', 'happy' and 'dream' for the other 'E' backgrounds.  The thing is - I notice, and that's enough!

Let's just see how long it is before I'm back sharing more blocks for these three quilts ... surely not too long ... though now that school's back, I need to get back on track with my doGoodStitches and bee blocks, plus finish my Cotton+Steel mini swap.

Linking up - for the very first time! - with Lee's WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  Enjoy the rest of your week everyone.  xoxo cat


  1. Tou have way more patience than I, for doing something like this. Can't wait to see them finished - and there is no such thing as to much colour or pattern in a quilt.

  2. Gee dont they look great, the fussy cutting is spot on, think its your signature now ;) Upside, a good weekend project with these cooler days ahead :)

  3. Super cute, can't wait to see them finished!

  4. The fussy cut is totally making the blocks perfect! Love the messages!


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