My Mellow 70s Modern Fans Throw Quilt

It feels so good to finally write this blog post - the quilt is donneee!!

I have been on a finishing kick lately; my constant starting of new projects and my growing work-in-progress got the best of me, and I just wanted to ditch the haunting feeling of them hiding behind my bedroom door. (No, really… there’s a Tupperware bin behind my bedroom door that holds them all…)

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From the beginning, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted from this quilt. I saw the pattern from Suzy Quilts and was totally intrigued and inspired, despite never sewing a curve in quilting before. I knew I wanted to use my Liberty of London yellow and green floral I had been hoarding fat quarters of for the “perfect quilt”. I knew I wanted to use what I had in my stash as much as possible, as it was a heavy quilting year last year. I knew I NEEDED to round the corners to amplify the design, even though I was shaking when the moment came to cut them off! And I knew I wanted it hand quilt it, despite having just learned how to.

So basically, I knew I was in over my head in every way, and I knew I had to go big or go home.

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It was so fun to be able to participate in the Sew Along Suzy Quilts threw for this pattern. It was totally the push I needed to get started with the project. It was my first Sew Along, and it helped so much with keeping motivation and with questions I had along the way.

The only real hitch I had along the way was the fact that the mustard solid that I used was not a quilting cotton… I don’t actually know what it is. Which, apparently, is not a smart thing to do on a quilt with curves, FYI. My mum helped me with some major seam ripping at one point, when I realized things were not going to match up. All in all, it worked out though.

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The backing and the feature panels in the circles are very special to me - they are a vintage sheet I found at a thrift store and absolutely LOVE. They are totally my colours, my style, and just so yummy soft already, despite it being a new quilt. It’s so lovely!

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And the hand quilting, though it took a toll on my fingers, did work out just fine in the end! I did half of the circles with a white thread, and half with the gold. At first I wondered if it was a mistake, but now I like the character it gives. And honestly, I doubt if anyone else would notice, if I didn’t point it out. It was a fantastically therapeutic process, and thought the curves are really not the best thing to learn hand quilting on, they taught me well. The only thing was that halfway through, I was pretty over working on the dang thing. Of course, my sewing mojo only came back once it turned to SUMMER IN ISRAEL, 30 DEGREES CELSIUS AND 80% HUMIDITY. No better time, right? BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS. (I’m sure I cried at some point)

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I really, really love this quilt now. I hope to one day invest in this Ikea bed frame, and hang it from the head board. I think it would be such a lovely way to feature it, especially since it’s so hot here, so we won’t be using blankets year round.

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One final cozy photo for you - does it get any dreamier than this? I photographed all of the photos at the AirBnB we stayed at in the Golan Heights for our anniversary. Such special memories attached with these photos now.

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