Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Even Lovers Need a Holiday.

Don't worry, my boyfriend and I are doing great. The title to this post is in regards to a quilt that I need a break from.

Remember this post?  Well, I HAVE been working on the postcard quilt, and slow progress is being made.  However, I can't tell you how many times I've had to tear out and re-do parts.  Part of my problem is that I converted the template cutting to rotary cutting, and that left me with a lot of bias edges.  I thought I had fixed the problem, but as I started to move forward, I am ending up with wavy edges again. 

For the time being it has been put on the shelf.  Not for long I hope, but I needed a break. 
I needed something easy, and mindless, and happy to work on for a quick minute.

Since it is Autumn (my favorite time of year), I thought it was high time I made another quilt to decorate my home this time of year.  I decided to make a jumbo bowtie quilt (tutorial here by Katy Jones) with some fat quarters from my stash, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

 The background was a great purple and black print from the late 90s that my grandmother gave me.  I love using up large pieces of fabric.  It makes me feel like I've accomplished something.  PLUS, I didn't have to buy any fabric for the front OR the back on this one, so I'm feeling great about using what I already have.  The colors in these pictures aren't quite right.  The oranges are much deeper, and that one green polka dot is not nearly that yellow in person.
We got some light snow last night, and I'm having mixed feelings about it.  I am looking forward to snuggling in quilts when the weather is cold.  I'm also looking forward to Christmas and hot chocolate.  I'm not sure I'm ready for winter yet though!   Last year was a long winter, and I'd be happy for our indian summer to last a little longer.

 I hope everyone has a great week!  I have more projects in the works already that I'm getting excited to share! :)
The Quilted Mitten


  1. How maddening for you because it is looking great! I hope that you find the strength to go on with it:-)

  2. Beautiful! And the post card quilt is coming along wonderfully - cheers to taking a break and getting something easier done. Judy N is kicking my behind!

  3. I love your colors, and the design on the first one is wild! I'd need to take a break too! Thanks for sharing!


  4. I was really drawn to the picture of your project - it's stunning.

  5. I could absolutely see needing a break from that quilt, no matter how gorgeous it is. Best of luck!

  6. I would need a break after the first hour of that quilt! I do LOVE your autumn quilt top though...beautiful!

  7. Your postcard quilt is beyond fabulous. I love the scrappy, modern, bright feel of it...and your fabric choice is marvelous.

  8. Wow - it is looking fabulous - hope it doesn't stay on the shelf for too long. Love Kaffe fabrics - your colour choices are great.

  9. UMMMM I love the bold colors in that first quilt. Waves/bias edges or not, I WANT. Going to have to add a super crazy riot of color quilt to my to do list now :)

  10. I totally understand that you need a break. But, it is gorgeous! I hope you do not wait to long till you pick it up again, though! :-)
    I also totally get the need for a simple project. Yours look like a lot of fun and instant gratification!
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  11. The postcard quilt looks good. Lots of small pieces though. The bow tie quilt looks great with the big purple patches.