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Electric Amish

Electric Amish

Electric Amish, 55″ x 73″

Some days are better than others. The day I finish a big project is always a good day!

I pieced this top in early 2006. Then, in a moment of complete insanity, I decided to hand quilt it.

I’d only been quilting a couple of years and I thought, for reasons I can’t even explain myself, that I needed to hand quilt a project in order to be considered a “real quilter.” Do I believe that now? Absolutely not.

Had I ever hand quilted anything? No, no I had not. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, what kind of thread to use, needles, anything. I just jumped in with both feet and started stitching.

I picked up and packed away this project more times than I care to mention. Dozens of other projects (mostly paper pieced!) were completed while this one waited patiently in its big red bag. To put it in perspective, I lost a pair of glasses for a whole year because I accidentally put them away with this quilt. It’s been on vacation to New Mexico to visit my BFF, sat with me through many movies, lots of sci-fi and true crime shows. It collected cat hair sitting on the arm of my chair.

The pattern came from an old magazine that I still have floating around somewhere. It’s a Storm At Sea pattern, set on point. I had never made a quilt this complicated at the time and had no idea what “on point” really meant. Part of that experience was chopping off half the blocks all the way around. If I remember correctly, I almost had a panic attack when I made the first cut.

I kept all those cut blocks. Earlier this year, I turned them into a small quilt for The Linus Connection, which I dubbed Baby Storm. Finishing that quilt gave me the impetus I needed to get this project out again and get it finished! If you’ve been following for a while, you might remember this was on my UFO Round Up for 2010.

One of the most special things about this quilt for me is what it represents. All bright and batik fabrics were gifts to me from my Bee friends. I pieced this top on my very first quilt retreat with those same ladies. It’s my first hand quilting project and my first big project that made for myself start to finish.  4+ years (really, almost 5!)  and it’s done. I could not be happier.

Electric Amish was named by my friend Linda when I first started piecing it. Linda, do you remember?!

Tackett helping me quilt Tackett, helping me quilt (obviously!)

Electric Amish

The quilting isn’t anywhere near perfect, but as time passed, my stitching did improve.

Electric Amish

I take a fabulous close up of one of the blaring errors! Still, I think it’s pretty.

Linus Quilt, August 2010 Baby Storm, donated to The Linus Connection, August 2010

Happy crafting!


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Quilting: Around the Psychedlic Rainbow

Stephanie's Quilt

I did not make this quilt.  In fact, I had very little to do with it at all.

Back in January, I started cleaning out my sewing/craft room and one of the things I unearthed (a term I do not use lightly) was a quilt top my mom had given to my sister ages ago.

The top was made by a friend of my grandmother’s back in the 1960s, completely hand-pieced out of old clothes that belonged to our mom and aunt.

My sister doesn’t quilt (yet!) and I had told her I’d help her finish it up.

It sat in my sewing room for a long time before I found it again and I’m pretty sure my sister had stopped thinking about it by that point.  When I found it, it occurred to me what a great surprise it would be to finish it for her and then give it to her as a birthday gift.

I bought batting and a fun backing fabric.  After spending ages ironing down all the lumpy bumpy seams created by hand sewing all kinds of fabrics together, I passed the quilt top on to my lovely and talented friend Linda, who quilted it on her long arm machine.

She finished the quilting in record time and then I squared up the wonky sides and adding a dark green binding and a label.  Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a photo of the that.  It has the names of everyone involved in making it as well as my sister’s.

I dubbed the quilt “Around the Psychedelic Rainbow” because of it’s fun 60s colors and it’s Around The World quilt pattern.   It was handed over to my lovely sister last weekend and I feel especially happy with the project knowing I’ve shared in the history of this quilt.

Stephanie's QuiltThe whole shebang on my bed.

Stephanie's QuiltThe back.

Stephanie's Quilt - "gift bag"Fancy “gift wrap”

As always, if you make any pattern or craft from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting

x-posted from my personal blog