On Friday I finished my 11th quilt. It's the smallest (38x32 inches) and the least perfect but easily one of my favorites.
I decided to skip all the tedious parts of quilting for this one. No measuring, almost no pinning, almost no ironing. I realized my favorites parts of quilting are picking out the fabrics, doing the actual sewing, sandwiching the whole thing together and adding the binding. So this time around, I let myself just stick with those.
This quilt took a long time, over eight months (here's where I started) (and this is the last time I made any progress) which is a long longer than my usual one-week turnaround. It felt so much better to finish after that long delay though.
So, what exactly does a no measuring quilt look like?
First, I DO NOT wash my fabrics in advance. This means (of course) that when I do wash it at the end everything will shrink and wrinkle up a bit (which is how I made my favorite quilt ever). It also means that the fabric is pretty flat when I get it so cutting squares is easy. I used scissors to freehand cut my fabric into squares that were about 5.25 inches.
Second, I don't worry too much. This is pretty much my motto with all my quilts but the difference is that I usually spend a long time trimming "perfect" squares or triangles only to run them through my machine and NOT pay as much attention to my seam allowances. (This is technically very bad. Two things contribute to a "perfect" quilt, proper measuring and sewing the same seam width throughout.)
Obviously, due to the lack of measuring and precision, I wound up with triangles that didn't line up perfectly on the points. And this meant that when I sandwiched it all together (after a quick pass with the iron on the top) and sewed my diagonal lines they sometimes went though white triangles and sometimes went through patterned triangles.
Like always though, the binding pulls the whole thing together. I bought striped fabric and free hand cut it into strips which I sewed together (and did pin into place). I LOVE BINDING. Now that I have stopped hand-binding and just machine stitch it turns out so spectacularly clean and it's the easiest part of the whole process.
I washed it (machine cold, short permanent press dry and then hang while still a bit damp) and of course it wrinkled up a bit but it's soft and awesome. It's 100% cotton (even the batting) and the PERFECT kiddo/baby size and makes a good lap blanket too. Such a fun project for me and a great reminder that I can totally pick my favorite parts of a hobby and just focus on those. I love choosing the fabrics. I love sewing. All the rest? Eh. I can make up the rules to get that stuff done.
This is part of my MAKE&GIVE30 project and originally I planned to give it away at random, but I decided instead to put it up for auction on Instagram. The bid starts today at noon PST (for $30) and closes tomorrow at 5pm PST. 100% of proceeds from the winning sale will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Maybe you need a baby quilt? Maybe you like this color combo? Or maybe you'd just like a 3D reminder in your house that it's okay to pick your battles and do what you love?
Bid on the quilt here when the auction opens at noon PST.
EDIT : hey! Just a note to acknowledge I see the feedback. I get it - this project is NOT for everyone. But I strongly disagree that "imperfect = "half-assed." As always, I appreciate that you're taking time to share your thoughts.
SECOND EDIT (a few minutes later...): any fun that was once in this is gone. (I know, shake it off and all that jazz...) But I'm going to go ahead and just giveaway the quilt to a commenter on Instagram at noon. To keep things above board I'm heading to the Habitat site now to donate $100. And if you're bummed with the get quilty ecourse, shoot me an email for a full refund. Haters gonna hate? xx e
THIRD EDIT : comments are closed. They've turned into attacks on each other. And while I do my best to take it, I don't think we need to go there any more today. thanks so much. :)