Natalie’s Quilt

You may have figured out by now that I’ll have quite a bit of fabric by the time I’m done with Natalie’s weekly photos. My original plan was to do a very basic quilt a la Young House Love.

Simple, easy, and striking.

“Simple” and “easy” being two very important words, because my only prior quilting experience is a wall hanging that I made for my grandmother a few years ago. It was made with lots of love but zero skill, as the wonky corners and wandering, not-at-all straight lines can attest.

But then I thought, hey, self, why do something the easy way when you can make it terribly complicated and time consuming? And then I nodded sagely to myself, because I’d made some really great points.

I’d borrowed a book from the library about English paper piecing (a quilting technique that I won’t go into details about here; this is a good tutorial if you’re interested in learning more) that makes it look relatively easy. Deliberate and slow, to be sure, but not super difficult. I can operate scissors (more or less successfully) and I know how to whipstitch, so why not? I’ve always found the best way to learn new crafting skills is to just pick a project and dive right in, so that’s what I’m doing.

I haven’t done all of the quilty maths that I need to do, but almost every fabric will be used twice, and the quilt will fit a queen size bed (go big or go cry because you bit off way more than you can chew, that’s my motto!) It will look something like this, with white fabric for the background.

I’m super excited about it and have already started cutting out my diamonds while I’m waiting for the templates I ordered to help with the paper piecing to arrive.

2013-10-15 11.59.30-2My goal is to finish it before Natalie graduates high school. I’m only sort of kidding about that.

Ideally I’ll get caught up and make the star blocks from the fabrics that I’ve already used for her photo shoots, and then only have to do a block or two a week. In theory that seems reasonable but is most likely total madness.

I’ll be sure to keep you apprised of the insanity.


12 Responses to Natalie’s Quilt

  1. Erika Lloyd October 16, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    This is a really neat idea. Love the quilt!!

  2. Alexa February 11, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Ooh this looks like a great idea! I started a quilt when I was 12. I’m 37. Still not done! LOL. #SITSblogging

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Haha I think this project will have roughly the same lifespan :)

  3. Angie Nelson February 11, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    I absolutely love those colors/patterns. I have faith you will complete it before she graduates, or find a way to hide the evidence really well. 😉

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      Angie, your comment made me laugh! Amen to hiding the evidence :)

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