Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dreamy Windmills Quilt


Before I do anything, I have to say a huge thank you to you all for such lovely, helpful and sometimes hilarious comments on my Arrrgh!!! post. You sure all do know how to make a girl feel better! When I first started blogging and flickring, it was to share my projects with whomever cared to see them, but I really think I've kept at it because all the supportive, caring - dare I say friendships? - I've made here. It's not that I don't have "real" friends in my "real" life, I've got lots of great ones, actually. But the kindred spirits I've connected with here understand the part of me that obsesses over fabric, curses my sewing machine and gets my panties in a bunch over quilts puckering. No one else in my life besides you guys gets it! So thanks for being here:)
I think all of your collective empathetic encouragement and sweet advice did the trick! Dreamy Windmills is by no means perfect, but guess what? No puckering! I adjusted my presser foot pressure as a few of you suggested and it really made a world of difference. Serves me right for not taking the totally free Bernina classes offered at my LQS that it never occured to me that was a big problem. I also succumbed to the temptation of basting spray for the back, but I doubt I'm pregnant yet so it's only my own brain cells I'm offing. And lots and lots of pins, every one I own, for the front.


We got outside to take a few shots this afternoon, but as you can see, autumn has landed in Seattle, and a blustery storm is rolling in.


Here is a more cozy indoor photo:


Isn't Dream On such a pretty line? I chose the orange stripe print from the line for the binding and I'm completely in love with the print I used for the back. It's a big cheater print that comes in two colorways and is perfect for backing if you're like me and usually just want to get to it and not have to bother piecing the back for interest. I used four charm packs combined with the Kona Ash solid in simple half triangle square Windmill blocks. If you're thinking it looks different than most Windmill quilts, it's probably because I set these on point. After it was washed and all cozy and crinkly, I decided there was still something missing, so I'm going back now and hand-quilting some of the star outlines. It measures a generous 60x60 and Mark thinks it's a little bit girly but somehow I doubt that will stop him from using it.

Welcome to the bunch, Dreamy quilt!


Oh yeah, you probably want to know who won the City Weekend jelly rolls! Here we go!


Number 293 Weatherbee:)

Number 71 Jennspen

Congratulations ladies! I'll be in touch soon to get your mailing addresses. I can't wait to see what you make with City Weekend!





24 comments:

  1. hi megan, love the quilt, also love the photo of the storm coming over, green hills, mmmmmm. i just finished a really basic quilt for my little 5yo girl with dream on, i really love the colours. making something for one of the girls thats not pink is a nice change too.

    x

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  2. Love the gray skies with the gray of the quilt!

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  3. Your quilt is beautiful!!! Thank you for posting about your troubles with the quilting, and how you solved them. In this game, there's a lot of tricks to be learned. (For those of us who hasn't had all the proper lessons.)

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  5. It looks wonderful Megan!!! What a yummy pile of quilts, must make you very proud of all you've accomplished! =)

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  6. The dream on looks great combined with the Kona ash, another perfect little number!!

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  7. This quilt is just beautiful!! I love it!!

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  8. I LOVE it! I am really falling in love with quilts...perhaps I should say obsessing.

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  9. congrats ladies on the win!!! this turned out so beautifully. i love the shot of it in that huge field

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  10. This looks so very cozy, especially for a stormy day! Well done. Headaches for a few hours, loving it for a lifetime :-)

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  11. The quilt is amazing! Love the fabrics and the design! And wow! Thanks for the awesome fabric...SO excited to play with it!!!

    Thanks SO much!
    ~Teresa ;)

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  12. SUCH a pretty quilt! And I totally hear you on the Flickr/blogging community thing. I was just talking with my DH about this last night. I love my friends here in my town and in other places I've lived... but I really don't have any "real life" friends who are as nerdy about sewing as I am... I feel like on the Flickr community, I don't have to be sheepish about having completed *yet another* project.

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  13. It looks perfect to me! Especially the binding!

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  14. It's beautiful Megan, so pretty. The kona ash is perfect with it.
    x

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  15. Beautiful quilt! Congratulations to the winners!

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  16. Yipee! Thanks you Megan! City Weekends is so so pretty! I can't wait to make something with the jelly roll!
    Love you Dream On quilt and the extra added hand quilting will make it over the top beautiful. Great idea.

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  17. It's beautiful, Megan! I love those colors. And I agree with you about the blogging community - I don't have a "really-into-it" quilting community here, so it's wonderful to have my on-line friends to turn to and share with!

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  18. holy smokes are you an inpiration! Beautiful! At the moment I am making my very first quilt....no pattern...probably not a good idea but i keep hoping it's goig to be ok!:) Talk about a process!! Thanks for the photos and words!

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  19. Beautiful quilt! Glad the puckering problem is under control!

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  20. Yea!!! Thank you!! I love the quilt. The Kona Ash looks really pretty with it!

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  21. Megan, I tried sending you an email through your blog. Please let me know if you didn't get it. My email is jennspen54@yahoo.com

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  22. The Kona Ash looks so good with this line and I really love the orange binding. Such a pretty quilt!

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  23. I already gushed all over your other post about how pretty this quilt is but just wanted to say it again...I love.Love.LOVE it! And my 7-year-old just came and sat down next to me and said, "Wow! PRETTY!!" :)

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