Signature quilt finished!

Yes, several months after the wedding, the quilt is finally done!

IMG_4428OMGosh, it seems like I’ve been working on this forever! And the hardest part was that I couldn’t post any pictures of it, as Kylee and Cam didn’t want to see anything posted until they saw the completed quilt. Aack!

Here’s a pic of it laid out:

IMG_1183As you all know, I did this quilt by paper piecing, as the blocks were to be signed, and also taken to Florida and back to Columbus for two receptions, and I wanted them to hold up to a lot of handing. While paper piecing is accurate and perfect for stabilizing blocks for signatures, I’m not a huge PP fan. Why? Because it’s a PIA trying to sew the blocks together…

IMG_0925….then tearing all of the #&%$ paper off the quilt, which was a week-long process in itself….

IMG_4108Swear to pete, I’m STILL finding pieces of paper in my living room, LOL!

I drew the applique myself in EQ7 – learning experience! Laid it out in paper before I cut out the shapes and hand-appliqued them to the quilt:

IMG_3991Learning lesson #1: Do not make curves too tight! I had a heck of a time with some of the scrolls, trying to turn them under.

Made one mistake when I loaded it onto the longarm. Learning lesson #2: Don’t be in a rush. Press it again after tearing off the paper. Had a heck of a time with some of the seams being bulky because I was too excited to get it onto the frame.

I was able to try out my new Boomerang ruler from Deloa’s Quilt Shop. Awesome!! Looks like waves, doesn’t it? Perfect, as they were married on the beach.

IMG_1140I made the label from one of the leftover blocks, and spent 3 evenings hand-sewing the binding. Always my favorite part.

IMG_1153This was a true labor of love, with a lot of learning and new techniques for me. I drew both the applique and the snowball block in EQ7. So this quilt is my design, my piecing and my quilting. When I finished, I nearly pulled my arm out of the socket trying to pat myself on the back, as every aspect of this quilt is by me – and that’s a first!! I’m comforted in the fact that Kylee is a crafter and appreciates the value of handmade, so I know it will be well taken care of in the years to come.

Now, it’s on to a new project!!

Cindi 100

10 thoughts on “Signature quilt finished!

  1. I know most pp’ers do as you did, but personally I take the paper off the blocks before I sew the blocks together. We know the blocks are perfect so as long as you don’t distort the blocks while removing the paper

    • Hi Cathy! I did take the paper off the first 4 or 5 I sewed together, and decided to skip that when I was having a hard time getting my seams to line up perfectly straight. I’d rather deal with the paper later than take any chance of crooked seams on this baby.

  2. Cindi,
    The signature quilt is very nice. I like your ‘extras’ in the border… Lots of work on your PPing. It’s something I swear I will never do!
    Have you made any Ohio State quilts? Just wondering…..they are my favorite!
    Sue

    • This is only my 3rd PP’d quilt since I’ve been quilting, Sue, and it’ll probably be a few years before I do another one! The closest I’ve come to an OSU quilt is a scarlet & grey Ohio Star quilt you can see here Britni’s Quilt – and I’ve made two of those! Thanks for your comments 🙂

  3. This is gorgeous and what a beautiful wedding gift. I’ve never paper pieced an entire quilt but I agree, even with just a few blocks, the paper pieces get everywhere! Kudos to you for sticking to it and giving them an awesome gift they can treasure forever.

  4. Cindi,

    What an undertaking but a lovely finished quilt. I am sure it will be treasured for many years to come.

    KitsyKeelSmith

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