8.17.2006

finally, finally, finally...

folded quilted goodness
the secret project that i have been working on for weeks. i felt like i was going to burst not saying anything or slip up some how and give away the surprise! whew.... boy am i glad that is over, i am not very good at keeping secrets, gift secrets anyway. real secrets i am, but that is another matter. so i finally worked on my first quilt!!! hop, skip and jump from the denyse schmidt book and boy is it awesome! this was totally a collaborative project, which i think is how i want to make every quilt from now on, with sarah and kerry. we surprised kristen with a shower for the little one that is supposed to be here in two weeks! and i can finally say that it IS hard to take pictures of a quilt. oh my. so the details, kerry and i pulled some flea market fancy from our stashes and other blue/browns. the three of us did all the cutting in one night, and spent another night arranging all the pieces on the floor to get the blocks set the way we liked it. then kerry and i split up the blocks for sewing, only six each! i gave her mine finished blocks, and she sewed up the rows and quilt back and then it came back to me. i did the really scary part, making the sandwich and the quilting. i can honestly say that i really had no idea what i was doing with that walking foot and um, i still dont. is it supposed to feed or am i supposed to feed the quilt through myself? regardless of pretty much having no idea, it still went pretty smoothly, although i did slip up just a bit, thanks leslie for pointing that out. lucky for me kristen is in the final throes of pregnancy brain and didnt spy that little peek. so after i got the quilting done with moderate safety (there was blood involved again and a broken needle) i handed it back over to kerry who cut and sewed the binding and just like that a quilt is finished! and oh how we love it! thank you kerry and sarah, good work team! next up kerry's baby quilt! we are seriously going to start our own quilting guild and churn these puppies out!

and just because i couldnt resist making yet another stencil...
babymac
ok, please no one make me keep any more crafting secrets. i cant take the pressure right now.

23 Comments:

Blogger mo wask said...

it is beautiful and the shirts are too cute.
i agree... gift secrets are the hardest to keep secret!

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

Wow, Hannah- It's just beautiful!

10:01 AM  
Blogger justJENN said...

Wow, that is amazing. I have been wanting to try a quilt but am kinda freaked out at the idea of it. Too cute!

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

All that walking foot does is keep your layers from slipping all around. Just use it like you would a regular foot! Love love love the quilt. Congrats!

10:25 AM  
Blogger beki said...

Beautiful, beautiful quilt! Well done ;-)

10:45 AM  
Anonymous amy h said...

I'd been wondering about that walking foot myself.

The quilt looks beautiful!

11:04 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

hurrah hurrah hurray! beautiful work!

11:11 AM  
Anonymous kirsten said...

gorgeous - gorgeous!

11:13 AM  
Blogger molly said...

whoa, hannah! it's awesome. I love the colors and layout you picked. And I love the idea of the team effort. I'm sure that the way quilts were meant to be made...our grandmothers probably sat around together quilting and chatting don't you think?
love it.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous ke said...

i'm so proud of you- such a beautiful quilt! and your first try! it will only get better from here. you did a great job. can't wait to work on many more quilts together!

12:04 PM  
Anonymous sally said...

Gorgeous quilt! I love that you made it together with friends, for a dear friend...so, so sweet! I must make a quilt one of these days!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

Your quilt is beautiful, congratulations!

2:01 PM  
Anonymous myra said...

Oh my gosh!! Gorgeous gorgeous quilt!! I love the browns and the blues! And how totally fun to do it together! You should team up all the time as the result is fantastic!

2:48 PM  
Blogger June said...

Congratulations on your beautiful quilt. The t-shirts are darling.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Fiona said...

It looks beautiful, just love that colour combination! I love the fact that you made it all together, too. Oh, and whilst I'm gushing can I just say - those t-shirts, wow!

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

That's a beautiful quilt, I can't believe it's your first one! I love the idea of making it collaboratively, it sounds like such fun and it divides up the work. Great, great, great!

6:15 PM  
Anonymous blair said...

how beautiful!!! wonderful work!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Love the colors on the quilt!

5:09 PM  
Blogger kimberly said...

I cannot possibly express how much I love these fabrics and colors. I would glue them to my walls if that were acceptable.
also love the idea of team quilting!

8:59 PM  
Blogger susan said...

the quilt is fantastic! i love it. more proof that i really need to try that pattern myself. well done!

12:30 PM  
Blogger Marissa said...

The quilt is beautiful! I love the colors...and the pattern...I think it's about time I got on the quilt train but it seems so intimidating!

5:58 PM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

good choices miss hannah-- love the combos and the pattern... so great.

1:17 PM  
Blogger kristen said...

Hannah (and Sarah and Kerry), words cannot express how totally in awe I was that you would make a quilt for Baby McClain #2! I can't stop saying how amazing it is. Thanks for wanting to put that much time into something so special. And thanks for the surprise shower...I'm glad it happened before Vance decided to surprise us almost 2 weeks early!

10:42 PM  

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