Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The 2 Inch Wonder

After my friend died awhile back, I needed a big project to immerse myself into, but not big enough to where I'd have to think too hard.  Just about at the same time, I noted that AmandaJean (crazymomquilts) had started a 2" bed sized quilt and it seemed the perfect answer to my dilemma.

First I had to cut my 2 1/2 inch squares and that, in itself, seemed to take forever.....(and this isn't all of them).



Then, I sewed one white square to each colored one and separated them by color.  (Cookie sheets come in handy for things other than baking cookies.  LOL)



Here they are in sewn strips hanging over my kitchen chair before I sewed them all together.  After that, it went to the quilt shop to be quilted, but not before I went to Target and bought a single queen flat sheet ($9.99) to use as the backing.  (My long arm lady told me that more and more people are doing this because of the increasing cost of fabric.)  


After three weeks I got it back to bind and I cheated this time and used the sewing machine to bind the whole thing since I have other projects going on and knew I'd kill my hands doing the binding by hand on this beauty.  (68x94 inches).

Binding this Beauty

And here it is. I had to talk my wonderful quilt hanger guy aka "my hubby" into getting on a ladder to show the whole thing and it's a good thing he has a long reach otherwise he couldn't have held it all. LOL

The 2" Wonder

So.........my first big quilt of 2010.....and who knows, maybe the last? I'm not so nuts about making big quilts so much anymore for some reason. I think it's because my quilt hanger guy is home all the time now and I don' have the room and time like I used to. No worries though..........I am into something else new........and you just might like that too.

23 comments:

Michele said...

It sparkles! What a great quilt!

Nancy said...

Oh, I love this quilt. Simple but so pretty...

I am going to get me a bucket and start cutting 2 inch squares of all my fabrics as I make projects...

Andrea R said...

My teenage daughter is making a quilt with blocks this size. guess who gets to press it? ;)

As for sheets - over and above cost they're W I D E. no piecing! :D

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Looks great!!! Nice job sewing all those itty bitty squares!
Well done for your perseverence!!! Worth it!!

Poppyprint said...

It is a beautiful quilt, Carol. Well done!

Anja said...

How beautiful!
So bright and cheerful!!

Anja

shellysquilts said...

Looks gorgeous! Well done!

Cole's Corner said...

It's beautiful! I love it.

henny said...

Wow...what a super colorful quilt! Love it.

Jan said...

This is great. I love it.

pklaw said...

Carol, so glad you could find solace in something you love so much - and that you are sharing this beauty with us! So simple yet radiant with all that wonderful color!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

The quilt is wonderful. I love it!

Jen said...

I love this one! It's so YOU!!

Linda said...

This is a really super quilt and a great idea to alternate the prints with white fabric. I fully understand how being creative helps with grieving. That's how I came to quilting when our 21year old son died in a car crash. It kept me sane.......still does 14 years later.

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Rettabug said...

It is a labor of love, that's for sure! Love the polka-dot binding you used, too.

Marysia said...

It is really great! I admire your patience, I would never be able to make a big quilt out of such small pieces. But you should never say never...

Angela said...

oh wow! this is super yummy : ) I'm totally impressed with the effort this must have required!
~Angela
www.amuse4me.blogspot.com

KateKwiltz said...

It's beautiful! I'm just starting one of these -- this is great inspiration, thanks!

smoothiejuice's hectichousehold said...

great job. it looks great!!!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Adore, adore! Another one to add to the list- great way to use up those scraps.l

amandajean said...

love. it.

Megan said...

I love this quilt! 2" squares look so great!! I'm sure it was a beast of a project, but one I'd be willing to try!