Coming Clean

So a while ago, actually, close to a year ago, someone came to me asking about a double wedding ring quilt. It would be for their bride, as a wedding gift. I was thrilled to do it, and immediately started collecting fabric.

The catch to this story, and the part I am now ‘coming clean’ about, is that the double wedding ring quilt was for my best friend, who a few months later came asking me to create a quilt for her fiance.

Yes, you guessed it. The Periodic Table Quilt I recently posted about, is actually part of a set… Unintentionally, of course. So, for MONTHS, I juggled two quilts, for one couple. And for people I am really close to. The phone calls and messages were crazy. And I knew at some point I was going to slip up.

Well, turns out I am really good at keeping secrets. Neither party knew about their quilt, until it was gifted to them. Of course there were plenty of funny conversations between my mom and I (she was one of the few who knew the whole story) as I tried to juggle these two projects.

Now that you know the general story- I imagine you want to know more about the Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

The groom’s favorite color is blue, and the bride’s favorite color is orange. So this quilt would be a Scrap Double Wedding Ring Quilt, using those two colors, with a base color of white. Its dimensions are aprox. 79″ x 89″, perfect for a full size bed.

However, it wasn’t at the wave of a magic wand from the fairy godmother that this quilt became reality. No it started as a mass of tiny little pieces, divided up into Ziploc bags.

And all these pieces left behind quite a mess in my scrap basket…

But eventually all the little pieces became this-

Then it was this-

And finally, this-

And for something fun, I even listed some of the stats for the quilt-

And the final wrap up-

So there it is, the final product. The couple loves it, and the Periodic Table Quilt, and they have a wonderful story to tell as well.

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Secrets and Surprises

So several months ago Kim, my best friend, approached me about a quilt for her hubby to be. You see, he is a chemical engineer, and she wanted something for his wedding gift that he would love for many years to come.

With this, “The Periodic Table” quilt was born. After research and conversations Kim and I decided to take this:

And turn it into this:

Now, I have already mentioned that the wedding isn’t until June. So Andrew got his quilt a little early. (Kim can’t keep a secret; I guess it is a good thing I can.) As you can imagine, Andrew absolutely loved the quilt, and to prove it to you:

Obviously he loved his surprise… But I must admit, I was sorry to give it away. I easily could have kept it myself. And while Kim requested a quilt for them to both snuggle under while watching a movie, she also got a quilt that will double as a full size quilt too!

Once Andrew had looked at the quilt for a minute, he then decided he needed to tell me and Kim what each section was. Trust me, this was something I already knew…

“These are transition metals…”

“These are non-metals…”

Luckily he stopped there- and thanked his wife-to-be.

Andrew- hope you are enjoying the quilt!

Thanks to Emily for the full picture of the quilt. I was never able to get one!

New Quilt & GIVEAWAY!

So, to take a break this weekend from writing papers, I finally finished the quilt I started back in August. Shh… don’t tell!

It started here::

Then I had to order fabric for the back, sashing, and trim… Which stopped things for a while…

But this weekend, all the fabric transformed into this!!

This is a twin size, and I don’t know if I will be parting ways with it.

I haven’t come up with a name yet, so if you have suggestions, put them in comments! 

I will have a gift for the person who lists the name I choose. Entries taken through Saturday at 10pm. Winner announced Sunday!!

 

What Not To Do

There is a reason daydreaming and sewing don’t mix. You should just  avoid it all together.

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Done sewing it together- now lets look how pretty it is! Oh wait….

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Anyone see a problem?

 

Okay… look again…

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See- wrong sides!!

So I pull out my seam ripper- which is only used for operator errors, and pull out the seam.

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Now it’s fixed!

I am just glad I wasn’t done with the whole thing before I noticed. Lesson learned- stop daydreaming while sewing!