Tuesday, July 25, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July--Quilt Top Finished


It sure wasn't a beginning to feel like Christmas mood amidst the ring of fire heat wave, intermittent power outages, torrential downpours, flash flooding (some water in my basement studio because the sump pump went out, but not bad enough to stop me from sewing)  that occurred during the past twelve days but I'm glad my top is finished and is completed on schedule.

I love this top and that all of the fabric used came from my Christmas stash which I've been wanting to use up.  The fabric is all from different Basic Grey Christmas lines with the exception of one print which is from Sweetwater's Cookie Exchange line.  It just took me two auditions before I was happy with the fabric placement or "rhythm" like I call it.  I wasn't happy with the first audition and while I was walking the dog, the rhythm came to me.  When I worked at a quilt shop and was putting together a bargello type kit using five fabrics, I came up with a "rhythm"; Shocker (Accent), Light, Dark, Mush, Mush (medium value fabric)--you can dance a Salsa to this. I realized that since I had sixteen fabrics, four each of red, light, green and teal, I could use the same rhythm, just eliminate the last mush and then after rearranging the fabrics to this rhythm, I was happy.  
The suspense of wanting to see the way this quilt was going to turn out and not waiting until all four panels were sewn, (also couldn't figure out in my head how the four panels and the center square were going to be sewn together) I took a photo of the first panel sewn and then did a four square photo collage on PicMonkey, rotated the panels in each square and was able to preview the quilt and see that the center square involved a partial seam.  This felt like reading the ending of a mystery/suspense novel before finishing it because you had to know the outcome--which I don't do, but that's what it felt like when I was sewing the strips together.

Also, as I was sewing the strips, I was thinking that the word "Trip" in the pattern name can have dual meanings.  When you follow all of the directions and tips, your "trip" will be nice and enjoyable.  When you go off course which I did when I decided to split all of the seams of each strip sets for each panel all at once, and not one at a time like the direction, I did "trip" and stumble and became totally confused when one seam was split wrong.  I did "trip" several times--it probably didn't help that I was watching TV while splitting.  I did pay attention while sewing the strips together and always made sure I was sewing on the correct side so I did not "trip" then.  And, just as important, I pressed, according to the directions.  For such an easy pattern, it is so easy to sew wrong.  I've made several Trip Around the World Quilts before, but Sarah's (Confession of a Fabric Addict) directions were the best.  I've never made one like this one before and my strips laid nice and straight and sewed together very nicely (there were some spots where the seams didn't nest but like Sarah said, the pattern is so busy you won't notice them.

Now that this top is done, I am ready to join  the I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along which starts August 1st, (details can be found here).  I'll be using my Christmas Cotton+Steel stash for this quilt.  Of course, I needed buy some green fabrics to add to this mix and I might as well confess now, I also bought some more Christmas fabrics to add to the never-ending stash.

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop. ( Be sure to visit each blogger's site for wonderful holiday ideas and be eligible to win some great prizes), My Quilt Infatuation Needle and Thread Thursday;

22 comments :

  1. Great finish. Too much work for me. 8-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! This quilt really went together great, Sarah's tutorial was very helpful.

      Delete
  2. Rose I love your quilt. Of course, my problem sister, tripped up a few times. But in the end it is beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love it! How big were the pieces before you sewed them together? It is stunning!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kimberly! The quilt was made with 2.5" cut strips. The tutorial can be found on Confessions of a Fabric Addict's blog and was very helpful.

      Delete
  4. Great job, Rose! Looks like you've been "trippin" well! I don't have enough Christmas fabric in my stash to make that quilt, but I love yours!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Wendy. Fortunately I had 1/2 yard cuts of Christmas fabric in my stash. There's a lot of great Christmas prints to be bought.

      Delete
  5. Wow that looks like a lot of work! But congrats on doing it even when you took a detour on your "trip" ;) Sorry to hear you got water in your basement, hope that's gone now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Liz. It looks like a lot of work, but all made from strips. You do have to pay attention though. The water is gone, not much, just puddles, no damage or loss, thank goodness.

      Delete
  6. Great finish Rose! I love your mish mash theory, and it worked a charm here!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Suz! I'm glad I remembered it after more than ten years.

      Delete
  7. I love it, Rose! And thanks for sharing your rhythm theory - I'll have to remember that for the future. Good work, and congratulations on finishing your top!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sarah. I really enjoyed making this quilt, your tuturial was the best. I plan on making sure this is the one I used when making a TRW quilt, it's a great pattern to use for all types of fabric designs. The 12DCIJ Blog Hop was fun.

      Delete
  8. I love this quilt! I'm glad to hear that I wasn't the only one who was super excited to see the final and used "magic" to make it happen. :-) My top is done too, and I used patriotic fabrics. I love how it turned out and know that I'll be making more of these. You are correct - Sarah's instructions are awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi Joanne, I just checked your quilt out and it is great with the patriotic fabric. Good to hear too that I wasn't the only one who couldn't wait to see how their quilt turned out.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Pretty quilt, great!
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Gorgeous! And wasn't that a cool twist piecing them around that centre square? I totally didn't see that coming. LOL on the stash enhancing--I hear ya sista!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thanks Sandra, this quilt was so fun to make and I love doing this version-a lot different than the versions I've made before. As you know, I've fallen again with the new Crazy Mom fabric collection.

    ReplyDelete