Thursday, April 27, 2017

Power Quilting!

I never seem to follow quilt patterns exactly, so I decided it would be nice for a change! The quilting book Simple Comforts by Kim Diehl  was one of my first quilt books (and still one of my favourites), and I have always loved the quilt Twilight Hopscotch (if you click on the book link you can see all the quilts in the book). I ordered some fabric that was on sale and it came last Thursday.


It was lovely to know exactly what to cut out with out figuring it out by myself.


I started piecing last Sunday, and because cold weather was in the forecast for the week I decided to challenge myself to make a quilt in a week (I have done it once before, a long time ago - probably the last time I followed a quilt pattern too!).


By Wednesday it was all pieced and ready for quilting. I tried a 'new-to-me' batting - Tuscany Cotton Wool blend by Hobbs (80/20 blend). It was nice to quilt on my sewing machine, but I don't think I would quilt a full size bed quilt with it - it is heavier than just wool or silk. It will be interesting to see how it washes - it is supposed to get softer with repeated washings.

sewing the last few stitches for the binding
Finished the machine quilting today.


The quilt is 61" square, with 12" blocks and 2" sashing and outer border. I am really pleased with how it came out and it was a fun experience.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!♥︎

11 comments:

QuiltShopGal said...

Beautiful quilt. Traditional and will certainly become an heirloom to be treasured for generations to come. I love it and find inspiration. I'd love to create this. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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Raewyn said...

Beautiful Joanne - well done on the speedy time frame :-)

Karen said...

Beautiful quilt, Joanne. Love the pattern!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

I love the colors you purchased! The quilt in a week is very pretty. Congratulations! I would love to have your hands. There is something about aging!!!! Stupid hands hurt more, I remember my Mother complaining when playing the piano, darn,should have know it would catch up with me too. Beautiful work! The picture of a pretty lady is one that looks very much like my Mother! Interesting isn't it. Of course she was born in 1911 and has passed, but from the Mid-West and family goes back to Pennsylvania. BUT no quilters in the line - just me and I started in 2002 after retirement.

Have a great day.

Barb said...

lovely finish! a classic.

Jan said...

So pretty, and so quick!

Sue SA said...

Lovely pattern and looks all the better for just using two colours. I thought you were joking about making the WHOLE quilt in a week, very impressive feat!

Gayle said...

You must be feeling a wonderful sense of accomplishment - making such a beautiful quilt in such a short amount of time! I'm a huge fan of Kim's designs too. Congrats on such a great finish!

Gayle said...

P.S. I just realized that all the photos in this book were taken in SLC - not too far from where I live - such a beautiful place and fun to have the local connection!

Rose Marie said...

Bravo .... a quilt in a week! that is awesome! Love Kim Diehl's patterns and I just finished one of hers also which I will be posting about soon.

AnnieO said...

This came out just beautifully. It is also one of my favorite quilt books and designs. I have plans to make one in two green prints, my favorite color :)