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Four in Twenty Four

June 13, 2011

I’ve been collecting projects to finish.  That is kind of the story of my life actually.  And then I procrastinate them so long that it gets to be ridiculous.  And that is how I ended up doing the handsewing on the bindings of four different quilts yesterday.  Yep, I finished four quilts in 24 hours.  And I am ridiculously proud of myself, and also, my thumbs hurt.  Here they are.

train quilt

This little train quilt is a sample I did for work.  The shop I work at is having a big sale/shop hop event this week and we needed a lot of new strip quilts and kits.  The strip quilt baby quilt kits are our best sellers, and so so easy.  So I made this quilt, plus 10 kits to go in the shop.  I love the turquoise jumbo ricrac on it and the solid brown binding.

in the jungle quilt

And this jungle animal quilt is my new favorite.  We’ve just started carrying solids in the store, and I decided to use a bunch of them that went with this Alexander Henry jungle animal print for another easy baby quilt.  And I LOVE how it turned out.  I love it a lot more than I expected to.  Like, a lot.  I used the Alexander Henry print on the back with my leftover squares.

jungle details

This quilt lends itself to border quilting pretty well.  Which I did not do myself, heavens no.  I had Kellie who does the quilting for the shop do both of these for me.  I finished writing up the pattern this morning and just need to finish putting together the 9 kits I made for this one before I go to work tomorrow.  I am going to teach a beginning quilting class for the shop in August, and I’ll probably post a tutorial on my blog with all the measurements and everything else sometime later this summer.

russia quilts

I also finished the bindings on these two Russian flag quilts last night.  My friend Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting did the quilting on these two.  And these two technically don’t have to be done until next Monday (when I will see the receipients next) but this week is already chock full of stuff to do.  I figured I might as well get all my hand binding done in one fell swoop.

little helpers

And then get all the pictures done in one fell swoop.  You know, with a little help from my two three favorite helpers.  Thanks to Scott for holding up all these quilts this afternoon, to Creamie for moral support, and to baby pantsless Penelope for officially freaking everyone out with your uncanny real baby looks.  (This babydoll freaks people out all the time…. particularly when Creamie is carrying her upside down at the grocery store.  Which is often.)  So there we have my whole day yesterday.  Four quilts bound in twenty four hours.  And that brings me to a total of five quilts finished in one week, and six finished this year.  I don’t know when I officially turned into a quilter…

18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2011 1:37 pm

    Face it e, you’re a quilter. There’s no turning back.

  2. June 13, 2011 1:40 pm

    Goodness… That’s a lot of work! I love the first one so much!

  3. June 13, 2011 1:51 pm

    Um, that baby freaked me out…I kept wondering why you let that child outside with no pants on! Srsly!


  4. June 13, 2011 1:57 pm

    Ha ha! Love pantless Penelope. Hilarious.

    Oh yeah, and the quilts are AWESOME! 🙂

  5. Lynda B permalink
    June 13, 2011 1:59 pm

    And for a split moment I also thought you were hanging your child in odd ways!! you have achieved soooo much this week, you’ve been wearing your pants on the outside again!!

  6. Susan Twilley permalink
    June 13, 2011 2:22 pm

    Good for you! The quilts look FABULOUS!! I picked up a pantless and shirtless baby off the grocery store floor today about a dozen times. For whatever reason it is still easier than the wrath of leaving her in the car.

  7. June 13, 2011 2:39 pm

    the baby did crack me up when I saw it in flickr land. 🙂

    and dang girl! That’s a lot of binding… my wrists hurt just thinking about it! But the quilts look great… and take it from me, two-dimensional sewing is the best. 😉

  8. mindy permalink
    June 13, 2011 2:56 pm

    Erika- they are so beautiful! Seriously you are amazing!

  9. kirsten elkins permalink
    June 13, 2011 3:18 pm

    aaaaaahhhhhhh the freaky doll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    that thing gets me all the time.

  10. June 13, 2011 4:44 pm

    Oh, my goodness! I love all of them, but particularly the first quilt. So cute!

  11. Amber permalink
    June 13, 2011 5:25 pm

    Do you have any tutorials on your quilt binding by hand?

    Love your blog, thank you so much for all of your creativity and inspiration and thank you for sharing these FANTASTIC four!

  12. Kim permalink
    June 13, 2011 9:29 pm

    Okay, I love, love, love the first two. But mostly the second one. I totally found the fabric online once and fell in love. Love, love what you did with that quilt. I think I might have to stare at it for a while. Do you want to come finish the binding on my quilt for me? 🙂 You are obviously faster than I am at it.

  13. Susan permalink
    June 14, 2011 4:22 am

    One quilt finished makes you a quilter in my book. All are quite eye-catching . . . The color combinations are wonderful. I am “almost inspired” by yours to do a strip quilt. Must ruminate on that. Congrats on finishing- must feel good!

  14. June 14, 2011 6:56 am

    I think we are all “collectors of projects”, aren’t we? All a little bit ADD? I recently quit my part-time Quilt Shop gig to get married, but I’m still doing samples for them… Great job on the finishes! And I love the quilting on your jungle quilt.

  15. June 14, 2011 7:02 am

    Seriously. Those are incredible and AFORABLE!! If I ever have a baby boy I might have to buy one of those quilt kits – and then have you hold my hand while I attempt to make it. 🙂

  16. June 14, 2011 3:54 pm

    They all look fantastic. You are amazing to have those finished in 24 hours. And yes, your fingers must be sore.

  17. June 16, 2011 5:42 pm

    so impressive, I LOVE the jungle quilt. Everything about it is just awesome.

  18. June 17, 2011 6:55 pm

    those are super cute and your productivity is putting me to shame!!! I’m going to bring a quilt with me to quilt at my aunt’s house! yay!

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