The Very Large Quilt (Or:How I Finally Quit Hoarding and Actually Used My Allison Glass Fabrics)

September 18, 2017

 

I've been planning to put a new quilt on my bed for at least three years.  The one I had before was literally eaten by the sun and it's so faded the original colors are unrecognizable.  Still, a queen sized bed quilt is rather a pain to make and even more daunting to quilt.  Plus, I had exactly ZERO inspiration.  

So I just quit trying to come up with an idea.  Until I made the Shadow Box Quilt.  

 

  Originally it was supposed to be a wall hanging, but it just kept getting bigger and bigger until it was huge and that's when I decided to put it on my bed.  I think I finished it about a year and a half ago.  I like this quilt, and I had it about 2/3 of the way quilted (see photo above)  when I got another idea that I thought was even better and decided to pick out most of the quilting and start over.  This was a mistake. The idea I had turned out to be really frustrating and messy and now let me just say that it's going to take a great deal more motivation than I have at the moment to pick out all the stitches again and start a third time.  Will I ever finish it?  Who knows.  I hope so because I do actually think its a cool piece.  I just really really want someone else to quilt it for me, if I'm being honest. So that quilt has obviously not made it to the bed.  And as I have no idea how to fix it - so it will be in quilting limbo for who knows how long.

 

I've been hoarding Allison Glass fabrics for several years.  I loved these fabrics so much that no idea I had ever seemed good enough to use them, in fact.  Until this summer, when I was looking at one of my favorite books for inspiration, Brave New Quilts by Kathleen Ricketson.  I have loved one of the pieces in her book - well, actually I've loved MANY of the pieces in her book for several years - but there's been one in particular I thought I really wanted to make, or at least use as inspiration for a piece of my own.  It's this one, called Weave.

 

 

 

But I hadn't really come with anything I saw as an improvement on the piece, and so I set it aside, wanting to make it my own.  Until lightning struck, and I FINALLY put two and two together and got PERFECTION!  Yes, my beautiful Allison Glass fabrics that I simply could not bring myself to use and this pattern were totally meant for each other!  And to my delight and surprise, the quilt was not small, as I had imagined from the pictures, it was actually quite HUGE and it SO would work on my bed!  Yesss!

 

So here is the result.  

 

 

 

And just to make sure I actually finish it, I'm using the method that Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter suggested - I work on quilting it 20 to 30 minutes first thing each time I sit down to my machine to sew.  At this rate, I will have the thing done, well - maybe before Thanksgiving, at least.  That'll do for me.  So I'll be doubly grateful - to have a quilt on my bed again AND to have put my beautiful Allison Glass fabrics to use, finally.  (Oh - and then I'll have an excuse to buy more new Allison Glass Fabrics, too - Woo Hoo!)

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