Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Forgotten Quilt Projects

Way back in 1992 I took a quilting class for beginners along with two of my friends.  This is the wall hanging I made.  We learned how to use a quilters ruler and rotary cutter, all about perfect points, batting, binding, and hand quilting among many other things.

My stitches were too long and too far apart, but not bad considering it was my first attempt at hand quilting.

This is another small wall hanging I made when I wanted to learn machine quilting.  It was quick and easy to make, but I felt like I was cheating by using the sewing machine for the quilting!

While going through my bags, bins and boxes of fabric and projects, I found the following quilt tops that I started and never finished.

This one makes me a little sad.  My Grandma was in a nursing home and my Mom asked me to make her a lap quilt she could use when she was out of bed and in her wheel chair.  Sadly, Grandma died before I finished it.

I don't even remember this one!  I don't remember when I started it, who it was for or anything else about it. Well, I do remember buying the fabric at an Amish quilt shop in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  The border for it is a beautiful yellow with purple pansies.  It will be pretty if I ever finish it!

I LOVE this pattern.  I think it's called Tumbling Blocks.  Erin picked out the pattern and the fabrics and I set out to make her a quilt for her twin bed.  Oh my goodness, I had no idea it would be so complicated and difficult.  By the time I got this far, I found out it was rated for advanced quilters.  I have hundreds of squares and diamonds cut out and don't know if I will ever finish it.  I remember thinking at the time that it would probably be easier if I hand pieced it.  Maybe it would be something to work on when taking a break from something else.  Erin would be happy!

My fabric cabinet is filling up.  I'm close to finishing the organizing of the sewing room and then the decorating begins.  I need to shop for a comfortable chair to sit in while I do handwork or read or nap!  I can see light at the end of the tunnel of this redo and I'm so excited.

Have you ever put a project away and then forgot about it?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

xo Annette xo


  1. Hi Annette!

    Wow, those little wall quilts are fabulous! Yup, those block are definitely for advanced quilters, and anyway I prefer machine quilting - too impatient for handquilting, although I think yours looks lovely!
    I really love your fabric cabinet :)

  2. Your quilting is amazing Annette! The patterns are so cool, but they sure do look like a lot of work. I love the cabinet for your fabric, what a beautiful addition to your sewing room.
    Everyday Inspired

  3. Hey Annette,

    Oh I can so relate :)

    I don't know whether it is the Weather or not but this time of year I always seem to review the quilting projects I have going on :)

    I have been working on a Morning Star red, white and blue themed one since 9/11 when I thought I would get it finished for our school auction, when I realised how much work it was and how little time I had to work on it, it got sidelined and I have been very, very slowly working on it the past few years, in between some other major projects :)

    You sure have some beautiful quilt tops and tumbling Blocks, is one I want to take on but not sure I feel confident enough to do it, yours is stunning :)

    Your fabrics storage looks awesome, totally jealous but excited too, to see your finished room :)

    Hope you find the right chair, very important, cheers, T. :)

  4. Gorgeous Annette!! The tumbling blocks is outstanding!! WOW!

    I think us sewers always have projects from days past, some that will get completed and others that likely will sit in their half done state. (That's true for me anyways) ;-)

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh Annette your quilts are just lovely - even if some of them are not yet finished. I love your sense of color combinations and the pattern of each quilt top is wonderful. Quilting is something I have never attempted but have always admired.
    The 3-D look of the Tumbling Blocks is amazing and looks like it is a difficult pattern to work with.

  6. I don't know how I missed this post. I am so happy to hear you are nearing the light at the end of the tunnel on the sorting and organizing. Your fabric cabinet looks beautiful! Love the purple and yellow quilt top, too. That was one of my Grandmother's favorite color combinations.


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