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Topic: Sultry Lap Quilt for Me!  (Read 3075 times)
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« on: June 26, 2014 01:41:09 PM »

I just realized in looking over old posts that I've been quilting for almost five years (This was my first quilt). I've made a couple dozen quilts in this time, but none for me! I've started a couple, but they've languished in the to-do pile as other things oust them for my crafting time. I decided the other day to finally finish one of them and have  a quilt of my very own!



Several years ago I found this Sultry fabric by Basic Grey for Moda. I looooved it! I bought a layer cake (10 inch squares of every print in the line, sometimes with multiples of some/all prints) and proceeded to sew the crap out of it. Pretty soon I had used it up, so I bought a Fat Quarter set of the entire line for myself for my birthday one year. And promptly lost interest in the fabric.



Fast forward a few years and I felt like I should do something with it. So, lacking inspiration, I cut the fat quarters (18x22 inch squares) into 6 x 22 inch strips. Then I proceeded to sew the strips into large log cabin blocks (16 inch finished blocks). I stitched the blocks together in a 3 x 4 grid, started sewing some borders from scrap pieces of all different lengths, and then lost interest again.



The other day I decided it was time for me to have a quilt, so I dug out the top and border pieces, finished the border, stitched the back up (I had bought yardage for backing along the way) and got that sucker basted!



Quilting it was a bit difficult on my home machine since it's a little bigger than I usually care to wrangle with (about 60x76) but I persevered and completed it in about 3 marathon quilting sessions.  



I did my go-to fully stitched binding and had it in the wash the night before last. That evening I cranked the AC and used it as I watched tv!



I've seen the "selfish sewing" hashtag on Instagram and while I agree with the concept, I don't care for the negative connotations associated with the word "selfish." I wonder what might be a better hashtag?

It makes me ridiculously happy every time I look at it or use it, so I guess the moral of the story is--make something for yourself! As crafters I think we are always taking care of others and making things for other people, but I encourage you to take time to make something for you or your house that will make you happy. You're worth it!

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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2014 01:44:55 PM »

This is so pretty! I'm so happy  you created something for yourself-it's about time!
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2014 01:50:33 PM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2014 02:03:44 PM »

Yah. Another cheerleader here! Yes. Make for you. Don't feel guilty.
Most all my projects I give away, too. I just don't have the room for all of them.
Some pain my heart when I get rid of them, and I spank myself for not making two?
I think you did wonderful to finally finish your original project.
I also get bored with projects and set them away for a time.
And learn new skills in the mean time that make the project richer.  Grin
I think that is just the nature of the creative beast.
At least that is what happens with me.

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2014 02:59:49 PM »

Oh that's lovely - great look with all the log cabins, and I love the chunky modern feel of it.  Totally understand at being ridiculously happy about your own quilt, too - I'm like that with mine.  There was a down-side for me, though - I finished it in summer when it's too warm to use it much!  XD  Ah well, winter'll be here sooner than I like...
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2014 04:04:34 PM »

It's really lovely, and you deserve it!
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2014 05:50:37 PM »

I love it!   Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2014 07:09:59 PM »

Good for you.  It is a lovely quilt.  I'd have cranked the AC and done the same. 
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2014 07:23:33 PM »

Your story sounds so familiar...but you finally got it done...and it is for yourself!!

Thanks for sharing your epic saga and for posting a completed quilt!
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2018 06:59:45 AM »

Beautiful and I agree, crafting for the self needs a new name. Putting gas back into our own creative engines is not selfish, it's necessary. #Treatyoself
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