Wednesday, April 14, 2010

aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh...


I'm breathing a HUGE sigh of relief over here. What you may not have noticed is that my entire crafting life (aside from these little guys) has been put on hold since, oh, around October, when I started making this quilt for my bff, Larissa. For her birthday. Her December birthday. Right.


The front is made up of completely improvised, scrappy, log-cabin-ish squares. The back is pieced with leftovers, with a nod to the stacked coin quilt, which I'd originally planned to make for Larissa, until she wrote this post back in July. (A sane person might have taken that post as practically divine confirmation that that was the way to go. I, on the other hand, freaked out thinking that she, being the crafting whirlwind that she is, would make one herself that would far outshine my own in about a tenth of the time, and so changed my plans immediately. Then proceeded to hem and haw over design, fabric, etc. for the next 3 months, thereby killing any head start I might have had on actually finishing the dad burn thing in time.) 


Okay, other details. Basted using this pinless technique, which I loved. Quick and tidy. Quilted in the ditch on the log cabins then in large, irregular, concentric squares around those. Made my bias tape using this tute, which, good grief, makes a lot of tape, then bound the quilt by hand using a similar method to the one described in this book. 

So, anyhoo, it's done. Not my craft opus, which might justify its almost 4 month overdue arrival, but made with love all the same. Hope you like it, Larry.

12 comments:

Kaye Prince said...

Awww, it's beautiful Robyn! I know Larissa is going to love it!

mom said...

I'm so proud of my little girl!

Larissa said...

I cried when we opened the package. I so love it. My kids were looking at me like I'd lost my mind when I had tears coming. I tried to explain the care and attention that went into making the quilt but I think it might have been lost on them. Thank you thank you thank you for my special gift! So worth the wait.
I have to shake my head at the pressure you put yourself under to design it. Of course, it turned out to be just beautiful and perfect in every way, but your process sounded so painful.
You know, cause Wow, I NEVER torture myself about colors or design like that. Ahem. (Nose growing several inches and sprouting leaves as I say that last part.)
So if I start now, I might be able to make you a quilt by your landmark birthday. That gives me a few years leeway. May not be enough.

Jessica said...

beautiful! I was going to say - IF larissa didn't like it, she could send it this direction. doesn't sound as if that is an issue. ;) you did such a good job on it!

Now, back to crafting as usual. :D

Robyn said...

Kaye, Mom, and Jessica - thanks so much! I'm glad you like it. It was - despite the angst - a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

And, Larissa, we've always known we are soul sisters. Our self-imposed craft hysteria is just one more manifestation.
I am so, so happy that you love your quilt. That is worth every moment of insanity. And, no, you do not have to make me a quilt for my 40th birthday.
Especially since you're getting Starbucks gift cards from me for the next few years. :)

Larissa said...

well, I meant for your 50th. :-) JK. Bring on the Starbucks, I'm up for that.

Nö said...

What a beautiful work! In German one would say "Hut ab!" which means kind of "I bow in front of you"...

Robyn said...

Ha! Thanks, No. Actually, this quilt was a serious lesson in humility, so I can't accept any bows. :) Happy you like it, though!

Laura said...

just found the blog via larissa's love it and will be following you.

Robyn said...

Laura - thanks! I just saw your profile and noticed you're a Texan. Me, too! Displaced to New Orleans, for now, but hoping to get back home one day. We lived in Sugar Land before this, so you and I were practically neighbors. :)

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

I came across your blog tonight... I honestly don't know how I got here. Too many clicks to remember. But a crafty mama who quilts is right up my alley!! : ) I LOVE this quilt. Super duper job.

Robyn said...

Hey, Adrianne. I'm so glad you found me and that you like the quilt. Welcome!

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