Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Work In Progress: Etchings Quilt

One of my newly revisited hobbies is quilting! I sewed and quilted some as a child and then spent many years away from the machine. I made Mr. RH a quilt for his college graduation the year we got engaged and married, but did not have my own machine until Christmas a few years ago. I now have a machine and a great fabric stash, thanks to my Mama, and have recently been inspired and have gotten back into the swing of things. 

I took a class at a local quilt store (LQS) in February  and signed up for another this weekend. It forced me to do some prep work and re-learn how to thread my machine and spin a bobbin before I went to class, so that was a great kick-start. I'm thinking my next class will be very inspiring, too!

But in the meantime, I've been using the skills and  fabrics I already have for a few projects! One of those is, what I hope will be, a very beautiful quilt.
 
 The pattern is called: "dream big" and is found in Camille Roskelley's book "Simplify."
 


 
She is a wonderful designer and the pattern is easy to read and understand.

I used a jelly roll for the fabrics in my quilt. A jelly roll is around 40: 2 1/2" strips of different fabrics that all coordinate from a fabric line. The one I chose is called Etchings and was designed by 3 Sisters for Moda. It is beautiful: featuring greys, blues, reds and creams. It has some prints that look like tourist maps and some with words etched on. 





The pattern had me cut various size rectangles and some squares from the jelly roll strips and arrange them. I haven't sewn all the strips together, yet, but I  took a photo of the whole arrangement.  It took me a solid six or so hours to get everything laid out exactly how I wanted it.  Now the next step is to stitch all of those interlocking crosses and rows together.




I'm really excited about it. Now, off to the machine!


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P.S. I am linking this post up to The Needle and Thread Network WIP!

12 comments:

Megan said...

What a great pairing of this fabric and pattern! The map prints are definitely my favorite ones in this group. I've had my eye on that pattern for awhile now, but the process for laying out and piecing all those individual pieces seems a bit intimidating.

Michelle G said...

Katie - it is a beautiful quilt. You did a fabulous job! I look forward to seeing the finished product.

elle said...

Hi Katie. Sewing is like riding a bicycle, you never forget. Lovely first project.

Phone Home Designs by ET said...

Great pattern choice for such beautiful fabric! I have a layer cake and a jelly roll and can't wait to get started with my Etchings :)

Marg said...

Your quilt top is going to be fabulous in Etchings. I love the way you have balanced the colours throughout.

Chris, Molly, and Baby said...

oh my gosh. I came to your blog via the wip and I am making that exact same quilt. You are further along than I am but I am using the dream big pattern and the etchings fabric! It is beautiful.

Susan Being Snippy said...

This quilt pattern has intriqued me now for awhile. There's always something new to try out! Love the choices you made!

Sheila said...

It is beautiful, interesting pattern and I love the fabrics , great job!!

Regina said...

Lovely 2nd beginning to quilting!

Nita said...

Beautiful! I nice mix of looking scrappy and coordinated at the same time. I've seen that book on amazon.ca...maybe I should put it on my wish list, lol!

Dresden Quilter said...

It is beautiful.

Callie Nicole said...

Wow, Katie, I'm so impressed! What a beautiful quilt!