Monday, October 28, 2013

Finished: Blue Herringbone Quilt

I have been sewing so much, and I'm thrilled to share some pictures of all of these finished quilts. I've been doing physical therapy for a hip injury that cropped up while I was running in June, and it's been a challenge to keep up with everything. While I'm doing various exercises at physical therapy, it's important to count the number of repetitions I do with each leg to gauge my progress. This is shockingly difficult. I've resorted to counting out loud and on my fingers. If someone walks up and asks me how it's feeling, though, I'll lose count anyway. 

Numbers don't do well in my brain, but math is crucial in quilting. It's inescapable. I started cutting fabric for the Coral Herringbone Quilt and quickly realized that my pieces were going to make a much bigger quilt than I intended. Befuddled, I went back to my computer to figure out where I went wrong with my math. There was some geometry going on, and in high school, I was pleased whenever I could manage to get a "C" in geometry. I figured out my mistake, and realized I'd be able to salvage the fabric by cutting the pieces down to size.

It was important to get this quilt right, though, so Mr. Pins suggested I make a full test quilt to see if it came out the right size once it was quilted and washed. Thus, the Blue Herringbone Quilt became my test run for the Coral version. I was inspired by the beautiful color palette that Kati at From the Blue Chair used in a quilt she shared on Lily's Quilts.

Quilty Stats:
Pre-wash dimensions: 39 3/8"x 60 3/8"
Batting: Warm & White from The Warm Company
Front Fabrics: Kona White, assorted solids
Back Fabric: Pearl Bracelets in baby blue
Binding: assorted solids
Quilting: Straight line quilting with the Janome Horizon 8900 QCP

I shared this quilt during show and tell at an Austin Modern Quilt Guild meeting, and it's since been borrowed by an architecture firm for a photo shoot for Austin Home magazine and it may appear in a book as well. Show off your quilts, folks. You never know who will see it ;-) This quilt seems to be done traveling now, so I'm going to put it up for sale in the Etsy shop.

I'm in Houston for Fall Quilt Market and Festival this week. It's exhausting and exhilarating. I'm going to have so much to share with you.

Happy Crafting!