Monday, April 19, 2010

getting the quilt top put together - yay!

Wow!!! You guys are awesome!  That's the biggest group of sew & tellers that we've had since we started last fall!  Thanks to all of you who come each week and for those newbies among you, we are so glad to have you!  I love seeing what everyone is up to! (even though I can't always leave comments as my time is limited these days. boooo.)

I also wanted to clarify one thing about all the bags I make.  Only about half of them are gifts (mostly for family).  I do sell a lot of them (mostly to people I do know).  Some of the comments made me feel like maybe you all thought I was way more generous than I really am - and that made me feel funny.  As well as writing this last paragraph....anywhooooo....
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So I've been working away on the baby quilt! I finished sewing the top together on Saturday!

Here's what I did, once I decided on a layout I liked.  I know, I'm nutty.  I did end up changing a few things around to anchor those dark prints a bit better.  Thanks for all of your input!!

First, I stacked up each row and labeled them so I could just pick them up and start sewing.

Then, once I had the rows sewn up I pressed the seam allowances as I sewed each row together.  When doing a squares quilt, I like to press the seam allowances to the side, alternating the direction with each row.
That way, when you sew the rows together, the corners 'lock' into place.
And you end up with some pretty straight corners that match up!
 I can't take credit for this technique.  My mom taught me how to do this.  Thanks, Mom! (How's that New York Beauty coming along?)

I'm really going to try and get this quilted this week.  We'll see how that goes.  I'll show you the whole thing once it's finished.  Oooooooh!  The suspense!!
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In other news:
I took this picture in San Diego while we were there in January.  (I kind of feel like that big fat seal sea lion there on the right.)
It was picked up (from Flickr) for inclusion in an online tourist guide!  I'm totally flattered! It's not a huge picture - but it's up there in the right hand corner with my name on it!

15 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Barb said...

I am sorry, you have that seal confused, it is not you, it is me....can't you recognize me?

Candied Fabrics said...

Whoa, look at all those perfect corners! WooHoo! Good luck in the HOME STRETCH...and you DON'T look like a seal!

wishes, true and kind said...

Pretty quilt, and very cool having your picture picked up like that!

Rene' said...

Your corners are perfect. I use that technique as well, but mine don't always turn out ;-) Cool picture and congratulations on the recognition!

Laura said...

Are you serious? That is awesome! I love that picture. Although those are NOT seals, Amy. Those are California sea lions. :)

Melissa said...

Can't wait to see the quilt...

Congratulations on the photo!!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Nice looking quilt top. Can't wait to see it finished.

And waaaay cool about the sea lion photo!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I like using the locking seams technique. It's just so neat! The quilt is coming along:)
That's very cool that your picture was chosen for the tourist guide!

Mary said...

Congrats on the tourist guide! Super fun! (And I'm loving the Love quilt, of course!!!)

Jamie said...

Thanks for the great tip! Love the quilt!

Lara said...

Looking great Amy! And it must only be one more week now! EXCITING!

ktquilts said...

Soon, and very soon!! You are almost there!!!! My Treasure used to tell me, "That is not twinkie fat!". Birth is a great weight loss plan!
Blessings,

KT

Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you've got your layout down. I totally know how you feel, though. 'Random' is so hard for me. Anyway, best of luck in the home stretch! And don't worry about posting from the delivery room. If you disappear for a few weeks, we'll totally know why ;).

Vicki said...

the quilt looks great! I will have to tell you how I have done "random" before, someday. :)

LollyChops said...

How awesome!!!

I sent this post to my mom! We need help putting our stuff together!

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