Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Spiderweb Colorwheel Extravaganza Quilt!!!!!!

I'm blogging! I can hardly believe it myself. It's been a whole year since I've written a post. I'm not certain whether I'll be back often or not, but I've listened to all of your sweet replys on Instagram and I'm going to at least try to get back to this space to record the bigger crafting events of my life. And if there was ever a 'big' crafting event, this is one. This quilt is FOUR YEARS in the making!

It was 100% inspired by this beauty by the talented Aneela Hoey. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to cut into my stash of Denyse Schmidt fabrics and use all of her lines in one quilt - which at the time was just Flea Market Fancy, Katie Jump Rope and Hope Valley. I love how they all work together. You can find a great Spiderweb tutorial here.

This quilt is pretty big - about 60 x 72. Originally I had intended on making it big enough for our king sized bed but honestly I ran out of steam and just decided that finished was better than ginormous. Plus I really wanted to quilt it myself.

I went for an echo of the stars on the background fabric and a big loopy flower motif on the spiderwebs. My quilting is far from perfect but I'm getting better and gaining more confidence with every quilt.

As you can see my piecing is far from perfect too. Accuracy is another thing I get better with as time goes on but after five years of quilting under my belt I've realized it's never going to be my strong point. And you know what? It's not important. I get fussed over many things in life, believe me, but in my sewing I'd rather spend my time pouring over exciting fabric combinations and learning new things than trying to attain perfection. I'm calling it "handmade charm" ;)

I love, love, love this quilt. Definitely one of my favorites I've made to date. 

Thank you all so much for taking the time to come over and visit me after this long hiatus. As a thank you, I'd like to do a little giveaway! Just leave a comment here and on Friday I'll randomly choose someone to send a big scrap bag of some of my most beloved fabrics (I'm talking rare Japanese imports, Liberty of London, out-of-print Heather Ross here people!) and a skein of yarn from my very favorite dyer, The Plucky Knitter. Please make sure I have a way to contact you! Happy Sewing and see you soon (I promise!)