So since all the Summer of Sarah Sewing projects are for me, I don’t need to keep them a surprise. Which means I get to share progress pictures with you guys! It also means I take waaay to many pictures, but you don’t mind, right?
This is a quilt top I made back in September of 2013, and thank you smart phone for recording that for me. See, that’s before I even had a blog, or a fancy camera. I’m not even sure I was using Instagram yet. I just took pictures on my phone so I’d know how to sew it all together once I picked it up off the floor. Though, that shouldn’t be in past tense — I still do that. The top is a pattern by Jeni Baker from the July/August ’13 issue of Quilty, called All Tied Up. It was pretty easy to put together (though I was terrible at making points match up two years ago), but the fabric requirements listed are very, very generous.
Last week I made a back for this quilt, and accidentally deleted the pictures I took of it. Cue sad music please. You can see the wrong side of the back here, but I’m sure you’re far too distracted by how adorable my helper is. He really does try to help with every step of the process. Quality checks aren’t just for the end product, you know. He has to inspect every step along the way.
I clearly have a thing for sunflowers, wouldn’t you say? I once tried to grow sunflowers as a kid… My aunt had sent me some seeds for Christmas, so I spent days prepping a section of the backyard. I planted the seeds, and watered them semi-faithfully, and waited for them to grow. And waited, and waited, and waited. Nothing. It’s now a family joke that I can grow anything, but sunflowers… I still maintain the birds ate the seeds and it had nothing to do with my abilities. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it. I still love sunflowers though.
I think there is something wonderfully magical about a completely smooth, basted quilt top. I’m not sure what it is though. Maybe it’s just how much potential it holds, like those sunflower seeds. Thankfully, I don’t think birds are going to eat my quilt, nor does finishing it require on pesky things like weather, or consistent watering. Just some time, a little patience, and a lot of fun.
All ready to quilt! I’ve always intended to do this as a bit of a free motion quilting sampler, but I need help! What are some of your favorite free motion quilting designs?
(Linked to Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts)