Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another Finish!

I was sitting here the other day and had an itch to sew but I didn't know what I wanted to work on.

Then I remembered one that I started back on April 3, 2010 following THIS tutorial from Film In The Fridge. 

So it started with this yummy stack of goodness...

Then it turned into this...

Pieces and Pieces
For some reason I stopped taking photos of what I was doing (bad Karrie) but I had sewn all the blocks together and then cut them apart per the instructions. Then it was time to re-assemble the blocks. This is where I got frustrated again because my seams were not matching up.  I was still kind of getting my feet wet and hadn't learned the VERY important rule of the 1/4" seam accuracy. So...I put it away. 

Until Tuesday.  I thought that there was no way I was going to let all that fabric go to waste, especially since it was a quilt that was supposed to be for my son, and I had an itch. I pulled it all out, remembering why I put it away the first time. Only this time I wasn't going to let it bother me that not all the seams would match because if you look at quilts now days....all those wonky ones...unless I tell you they were supposed to match, you'd never really know. So I sat down and put all 20 blocks together, not paying one bit of attention to seams. That was a bit! 

Last night I stitched down the binding, threw it in the wash, and this morning, threw it in the dryer.

This quilt is soooo busy! If I were to do it again, I'd be sure to add in some solids to break it up. However, this one is so busy, just like my son, who I refer to as "Bug"...hence the name of the quilt...

"Busy Like A Bug"

I think he likes it, actually he loves it, and even after all the frustrations....that is all that matters!! This is the third quilt I have made for him and he uses one every night and he makes a point to let me know that he is using it! Isn't that sweet? 

Began: April 3, 2010
Finished: September 29, 2010
Pieced by me
Quilted by me
Fabrics: Alexander Henry, Caleb Gray, Monaluna, Jennifer Moore, and Amy Schimler

So the moral of this story..... perfect your 1/4" seam because it really is worth it and it makes sewing even that much more fun!! And just have to break the rules and just do it anyways, even if the seams don't match, because in the end, you might just love it that much more for being unique!

Much Love!!!


  1. It looks great! From your photos, you can't tell how busy it is. The orange looks solid. And really, all that matters is that he loves it!

  2. awwww... such a sweet picture of your little guy and his new quilt!

  3. This is the best "mistake" ever, Karrie!

  4. What a sweet kid! I just love how kids don't see our mistakes, only perfection.

  5. The quilt is nice, but your boy is even cuter!
    Our son, who turns 24 this week, was nicknamed Bug. In fact, I still call him that sometimes. Bug or Cutie Pie. For some reason, he doesn't seem to appreciate it anymore! : P

  6. Your quilt is beautiful and I'm sure your son doesn't notice whether or not your seams match :) Good for you, letting go of perfection.

    Finally figured out how to get a perfect 1/4 seam...last night. Hopefully it will eliminate some of my frustrations.

    Thanks for such an honest post!

  7. The quilt is really cool- just perfect for a boy!

  8. The quilt turned out great! Looks like he loves it!

  9. That quilt is got lucky this time and gave it away to someone I simply could not take a quilt away from....that face!! :)

  10. Wonderful quilt. Someone looks quite happy with it!

  11. The quilt looks great mismatched seams and all!You son is precious.

  12. I think the quilt is great. Most importantly you finished it & your son is enjoying it. Wonderful finsih! Have a great week-end! -Sherry in IL

  13. That is one yummy stack of goodness, for sure! Must have been so hard to cut into... but worth it with your beautiful results! Best part... that your son loves it and uses it each night!

  14. I love it when a kid loves his quilt! That was super nice! I don't think that is one he will grow out of very soon either.

  15. Love the fabric and adore the finished quilt! Isn't it wonderful to make our kids happy?


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