Monday, July 11, 2011

HST quilt all finished, and I love it!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a lot of fun, the weather was gorgeous, not a small thing for Chicago, so we got to spend lots of time outdoors with our kids.

Not only that, I also got a lot of sewing done and managed to GET MY HST QUILT FINISHED!!!! It feels wonderful to be able to say that. I have no idea why I was in such a rush to finish this quilt (since it has no specific purpose or recipient), I just HAD TO get it done. And I absolutely love how it turned out.

This is what the quilt top looks like after being sandwiched, quilted, bound, washed, and finally dried. It is a pretty big quilt, 70 x 72 inches. I had my girls stand on chairs and hold it for me so I could take a picture - I think they did a pretty good job considering that the whole time they complained about their arms hurting.

In my last post I was debating about what to do for the back, not wanting to make it just one plain color. I came up with this:

It almost looks like a skyline, doesn't it? No, it wasn't really a plan, the whole quilt back looked very different in my head when I started. I love that by cutting the fabric, sewing it together and arranging and rearranging pieces, adding more here, snipping away there, I ended up with my own unique design for the back.

I decided to go quite simple for quilting, I did horizontal and vertical straight lines (I'm going to try some more advanced quilting on a smaller quilt).

I made binding using one of Denyse Schmidt's fabrics available at JoAnn's. I think it frames the whole quilt rather nicely.

All in all, I couldn't be happier with how it all turned out. And not only is it great for snuggling, it's also perfect for playing peek-a-boo with our cat who thoroughly enjoys my love of fabric.
It is the first quilt I designed from scratch all by myself and I enjoyed the whole process of making it a lot. But next time I will use my Go!cutter to get my triangles cut and thus eliminate all the crazy need for trimming. Yes, trimming was definitely the least enjoyable part for me.

Well, that's it from me for today, as I have piles of laundry and tons of housework that needs to be done.

Have a wonderful day.



  1. It turned out beautifully. The colors are so cool and soothing. :)

  2. It's a beautiful quilt! I'm pinning it to my HST inspiration board.

  3. Thank you, ladies. I really appreciate your comments.

  4. Really lovely! Love the colours, love the back!

  5. That is a beautiful quilt, and a great finish! Love that your cat loves your quilting skills LOL!

  6. This is an awesome quilt! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. Hi! I live in Chicago too! Your quilt inspired me to want to make a quilt of the Chicago skyline!!! I hope y question makes sense, but how did you assemble the back of the quilt? Is each "building" one large piece of fabric or do they have individual squares? I hope that makes sense!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your quilt! I think it's so fascinating that you made the back just by playing around with the fabric! Great work!!!!


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