Do you remember the wedding quilt on which I was working for my cousin Clarisse? She got married last July, nearly a year ago! I finally finished it about a month ago and sent it on its way to France. She was supposed to pick it up at the post office today (I'm on pins and needles waiting to hear from her!).
Before I show you the finished quilt, I thought I would share some of the steps and progress I made since my last update on this project. (If you need a refresher, you can see my previous posts about this quilt here: Inspiration, Work in Progress, and More Progress.)
- At some point in the Spring, I enlarged the wording from their wedding invite and transferred it to some of the cream cotton I used in the quilt. Got it in the hoop, planning to embroider it with some coordinating colors.
- Meanwhile, I continued piecing my blocks until I ended up with 47!! I've said it before and I will say it again: making quilts is not for sissies. Whew.
4 blocks to a square. 3 squares to a row. 4 rows. Minus 1 block which would include the above-mentioned embroidery.
- Little by little the embroidery progressed.
- I laid out my blocks on the floor and played with my quilt top design. Finally took a photo of this one.
- Shortly thereafter, I needed to incorporate the last block into the quilt top despite the embroidery not being finished. I framed it in a wonky frame of Clarisse and Emeric's wedding fabric. This is the 48th block.
- I assembled the quilt top but didn't take a photo before I moved on to basting, woops! I followed the steps in Elizabeth Hartman's awesome book The Practical Guide to Patchwork.
Here's the finished embroidery, by the way.
I got to work immediately after putting Henry down for nap, but of course he chose that day to cut his regular 3 hour nap down to 45 minutes. Snacks to the rescue!
Big brother comes by to steal snacks...
And soon I am dealing with a lovely little assistant. "Hep, Mommy. Hep." Sure, you're helping, buddy.
Oh it's a good thing he's cute!
- I finished basting the quilt, got it off the floor and rolled up carefully. Ready for quilting! I'll share more photos and the finished project in the next few days, stay tuned.
How do you get your quilts and other large scale projects done with kids around? Do you make do, fending them off with snacks and movies, or do you wait for another adult to be around and whisk them away? I'm so envious of you guys with studio space. *Sigh* some day!!
Please come by for a visit tomorrow, we're having a super duper giveaway! And in case you didn't see, we're having Christmas in July again, starting next week. To get us rolling on holiday gifting and decorating ahead of time, there will be lots of neat projects, inspiration, free downloads and awesome giveaways. Swing by through July to get in the Christmas spirit!