I’m not the type of quilter to make a quilt from start to finish in days. I take weeks, months, and fairly often years, to go through all steps of making a quilt. Even the ones that shouldn’t take that long often do.

I am a changed quilter. Let me show you what’s happened since Friday:

how'd I get this done in 5 days?!

Look at that! Everything but the binding is finished! And in like 5 days! I still can’t even believe it’s possible. I don’t think I actually did it. My dream of having elves work for me at night must be happening. Thank you, elves.

quilting in progress

When I started it, I was hoping that I’d have enough to make something at least lap size, but I quickly realized that I was going to run out of a lot of the important scraps that I was using. I thought about axing the project or finding a new use for the blocks, but I ended up finishing the top off anyway. I really loved these blocks too much to give it up. Then, last night I found that I had a perfect fabric for the back, so I made the quilt sandwich and today I quilted it. I love it so much.

And even though I don’t know what to do with it now (there are no babies here) I want to make more of them. It was a fantastic project to work on for a few days, and I did enjoy the machine quilting. It’s been way too hot to do much hand quilting, and this gave me the chance to finish a project without too much commitment or sweat. I’m considering listing it in my Etsy shop, but I’m not sure if anyone buys baby quilts. Ideas?

11 Thoughts on “spontaneous quilting

  1. Allison on June 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm said:

    So pretty! How did machine quilting go this time around? Looks like it went well!

  2. It’s so beautiful! I just made my first small quilt and what fun! It was actually enjoyable to quilt it.
    I think you should admire it for a while and then put it away. I’m sure a baby will be coming your way soon. The first time you hear of someone having a baby you’ll be all set!

  3. I love it! How amazing that you got that far in just a few days! I’m such a slow quilter, putting projects away for months on end. I love the colours and the white space that lets the scraps shine!

  4. Super cute! Love (and may have to copy) the colors you used :)

  5. Very cute and you did a great job with the quilting! You could always list it and see what happens:)

  6. I think if you’re not too attached, you should list it. If you change your mind, you can always delete the listing. Sometimes when I don’t have time to make baby gifts I turn to my fellow Etsy folks.

  7. Love it! I’ve always been a fan of that pattern, and happy it went together so quick for you — gives me hope! Quilting is my passion but I also rarely finish a quilt in anything less than months.

  8. Shelly on July 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm said:

    Very nice! I’ve just meandered over to your blog for the first time, and I really enjoy your work. Also, I have the SAME sewing machine as you, and I experienced the SAME difficulties as you during my first quilting experience. Weird tension, each stitch a different length… a true d├ęsastre! What did you do differently this time?

  9. was blog hopping tonight and wondered over to your blog and saw this post. love the quilt and i especially love how you quilted it. Looks like you quilted it without marking it..are the lines an inch apart?

  10. I love the fabric combo. The colors look great.
    What kind of foot is that on your machine?

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